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Home Pride Update LI – Coming Soon to Chicago

More than three months has passed since my last Home Pride Update post, but since there is big news about Home Pride Bread I decided it was time for an update.

Today Flowers Foods issued a press release announcing that they have entered into an exclusive license agreement with Aunt Millie’s Bakeries to produce and market Home Pride Bread and Wonder Bread.

Aunt Millie’s Bakeries is based in Fort Wayne, Indiana and will distribute the breads in southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois and northwest Indiana.

Home Pride Wheat - Butter Top Bread - Flowers Foods - Home Pride is Back - Wheat Bread - Chicago - Milwaukee - Aunt Millie's BakeriesChicago and Milwaukee will soon have Home Pride Bread back on their shelves. The press release and articles that I saw did not give an expected date, but I am sure that it will happen soon.

Aunt Millie’s Bakeries is also a distributor for Hostess Snack Cakes in their market area, so they will be distributing a large share of the former Hostess products.

Flowers Foods Territory - February 2014 - Aunt Millie's Bakeries - Home Pride Bread - Bread Distribution - Chicago

February 2014 – http://www.flowersfoods.com

Here is a map from Flowers Foods website that shows their Market Territory in February. If you compare the map with the one I posted back in November, you can see that there have been some small changes.

There is now a bakery open in Henderson, Nevada and there have been small expansions to their territory in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

I am not sure how they will portray the partnership with Aunt Millie’s on the map. The Home Pride Bread lovers of Chicagoland will probably just want to see the bread on the shelves.

Home Pride Bread - Buttertop Wheat - Bread on the Shelf - Return of Home Pride - Chicago - Milwaukee - Aunt Millie'sIt will be interesting to see what happens to this territory in the future, will Flowers Foods license additional brands to Aunt Millie’s Bakeries?

I am sure that Flowers Foods will eventually want to expand into Chicago with the rest of their product line.

For those of you in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas, you wait will soon be over.

Steven

Home Pride Update XLIX – Zingers

The Home Pride Update posts are slowly coming to an end as most of the former Hostess products are once again available for purchase.

I am not sure yet where L or LI will be the last update. Should it be L for Last or LI for Last One?

I have been thinking for some time of what to write in a final post. I should write a little something about why I have written the posts. Why write about bread? There are indeed a few reasons :-)

However, this post is not about the final post, but is about what was my favorite of the Hostess Snack Cakes.

Hostess Zingers - Snack Cakes - Return of the Zinger - Hostess Zingers has been my favorite for many years. I would not buy them very often, but when I had a craving for sweets I would often pick up a two-pack or a box.

My first memories of Zingers were at my Aunt Shirley’s house. I always liked the icing on top of the Zinger. Especially as she would store them in the fridge and the icing had a nice consistency to it.

Hostess Zingers - Snack Cakes - Return of the Zinger - Hostess Here you can see down into the box of Zingers. You can see the cakes with the frosting on top.

Hostess Zingers - Snack Cakes - Return of the Zinger - Hostess When I pulled the first Zinger out I could immediately tell that it was smaller than it was before. This was not a big deal, as it would mean a few less calories.

However, I was disappointed with the frosting layer on top of the cake. It was much thinner and did not have as nice of a consistency as before.

Hostess Zingers - Snack Cakes - Return of the Zinger - Hostess The cake still has a nice creme filling and still has a sweet taste.

I put the box in the refrigerator so they would be ready to eat the way I was used to eating them.

I soon found out that there was a lot of inconsistency in the frosting layer on the cake. Sometimes it was very thin and other times thicker. However, still not as thick as I remember it. Also, sometimes there were even major differences on the same cake or even missing pieces.

I assume that they are working on improving the consistency, so I may just have to test another box of them in the near future.

Home Pride Wheat - Butter Top Bread - Flowers Foods - Home Pride is Back - Wheat Bread

Of course, I am just glad to have my bread back. The bread seems to be selling well as there are always gaps on the shelves when I see it. More so than other varieties.

Readers have made comments on previous posts about whether the bread is the same as before. Some think that the slices are smaller, but I believe that they are very similar in size. Perhaps they were using a bread with larger slices in the interim. I compared it with a slice of cheese and it seems the same to me.

Of course, there may be regional variations as new bakers learn to bake the bread. There may also be equipment variations, so I won’t rule out the possibility of the bread being smaller in some areas. For me, it is the same :-)

Steven

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