This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Oroweat
I am a bread person. (Yes, you anti-carbs people better duck.) I can go days where I just eat sandwiches. I eat grilled cheese sandwiches or toast for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, slices of bread with peanut butter or cheese for a snack, and gobble up plenty of bread with my dinner (or hey, I'll just have a sandwich for dinner!) My family is pretty much the same. My husband makes cinnamon-sugar toast as a snack (which my kids will then steal) or will fold a slice of bread over a chunk of chicken. Believe it or not, we sometimes slather bread with chocolate frosting for dessert. It was therefore an easy choice to agree to review Oroweat Dutch Country bread.
Much to my surprise, Oroweat sent not one loaf, but eight to my house. Although I was a bit concerned about how a family of four might get through eight loaves of bread without them getting stale, I need not have been concerned. First off, we have used quite a lot of the bread already - from tasty French toast to a great hamburger-bun alternative. Secondly, the bread has remained fresh and soft since when it arrived. (And no, it doesn't have BHA, BHT, or TBHQ as preservatives; however, it does have other preservatives.)
Oroweat sent their Premium Potato, Extra Fiber, and 100% Whole Wheat breads. All three varieties tout their "smooth texture" which I indeed noticed. These varieties didn't have that heavy, dry feel that some healthful whole-wheat or fiber-added bread has. All three also advertise that they are a good source of calcium, plus vitamins A, D, & E. The Premium Potato and 100% Whole Wheat breads have 15% recommended daily allowance of A, D, and E; the Extra Fiber has 10% RDA of each. All three varieties have 10% RDA of calcium per slice. So that means I just need five sandwiches to get all my calcium for the day - hooray!
I was particularly interested in the "Extra Fiber" bread because I watch what I eat and know that fiber can be filling and slows digestion. Surprisingly, this bead has the lowest calorie count of the three varieties at 90 calories per slice. The other two varieties have 100 calories per slice, which is lower than many of the breads out there, particularly those that are high in fiber or are whole-wheat. I've enjoyed making sandwiches out of both the Extra Fiber and 100% Whole Wheat. The end-result has tasted great and is also healthful.
My family was particularly interested in the Premium Potato. The night we received the bread, my husband made burgers and served them on the potato bread. They made excellent "buns" - delicious, and since the bread slices weren't bulky, it allowed us to taste the burger and our favorite toppings. We repeated the potato-bread-as-bun last night as well. My kids have enjoyed plenty of "heart sandwiches" and peanut butter toast with the potato bread.
The one drawback of the "Premium Potato" is that it contains artificial flavor in addition to the natural flavors. We try to avoid artificial flavor because of my son's dietary sensitivities. The 100% Whole Wheat and Extra Fiber varieties do not list "artificial flavors" on their package ingredient list.
I've frequently picked up the Oroweat "heart healthy" breads (of which the 100% Whole Wheat Dutch Country and Extra Fiber Dutch Country breads belong.) It therefore didn't take me much convincing to enjoy my bunch of bread free-for-review from Oroweat.
Now here's some great news for you: Thanks to BlogHer Reviews and Oroweat, I have an Oroweat Prize Pack featuring a selection of breads to award to one of my readers! (Plus, visit BlogHer's special offers page for a chance to win a $500 grocery gift card!)
To enter, leave me a comment below and tell me What is your favorite sandwich, and what type of Oroweat bread would best go with that sandwich selection? - or you may leave a link to your post on your own blog in the comments below. The contest will begin at 9:00 a.m. (PST) 10/26/2009 and will end 5:00 p.m. (PST) 11/26/2009. Make sure that the e-mail address you leave is correct.
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• You have a total of 8 chances to win an Oroweat prize packfeaturing a selection of breads from BlogHer Reviewers, plus the chance to win a $500 grocery gift card on the BlogHer.com special offers page!
Good luck! Please check out Oroweat's official site - Thank you to BlogHer and Oroweat for the bounty of breads in my household!
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Disclaimer: As noted previously, this review was made possible by BlogHer Reviews and Oroweat. I received eight loaves of bread free-for-review and will receive a small stipend upon completion of the contest. The words above are my own, with the exception of the contest rules and links. My opinions and those of my family are our own and not influenced by any individual or entity. I was not under obligation to write a positive review. I selected this product for review because I was already an Oroweat fan, so figured their Dutch Country bread would be something I'd like - and I did!