TASTE TEST: THE BEST SANDWICH BREAD

We taste-tested dozens of sandwich bread from the grocery store and picked our favorites
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Best Sweet

Cinnabon Cinnamon

"Someone shoved a cinnamon roll into a bag of bread," one taster joked after biting into this "rich, buttery" treat. Laced with cinnamon, the thick, "melt-in-your-mouth" slices would work as an indulgent breakfast -- or dessert. Panelists imagined toasting the bread and topping it with cream cheese or apple butter. ($3.33 for 16 ounces, at grocery stores)

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creamed spinach ham broilers

Best White

Nature's Pride Country White

"Like the white bread I remember from my childhood -- only better," commented one of our tasters. Instead of corn syrup and trans fats, this light, buttery-sweet loaf is made of the same easy-to-pronounce ingredients our grandmothers used: buttermilk, butter, sugar, honey and barley malt. "It's like an airy cloud, and the crust has just enough toothsome bite," raved one panelist. ($3 for 24 ounces, at grocery stores)

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panini

Best Whole Wheat

Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain 100% Whole Wheat

This "earthy" crowd-pleaser with a "crunchy" crust is made with 100 percent whole wheat flour (it's the first ingredient) and boasts 4 grams of dietary fiber per slice. A touch of honey and molasses adds a mild caramel flavor and moistness. Noted one judge, "It doesn't taste dry, like most whole wheat breads do." ($3.84 for 24 ounces, at grocery stores)

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panini

Best Multigrain

Rudi's Organic Bakery 14 Grain

The ingredient list reads like a who's who of healthy grains: Barley, quinoa, kamut and amaranth are among those represented. Yet with such a "nutty" flavor and "tender" texture, you'd never peg this as a good-for-you loaf. "This is truly stealth health," one panelist commented after learning the bread is packed with organic ingredients. ($4.39 for 19.6 ounces, at select grocery stores)

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ice cream

Best Rye

Alvarado Street Bakery Sprouted Rye Seed

Want to take your pastrami sandwich to the next level? Pile the meat on this bread, made with sprouted rye seeds and wheat berries. Loaded with dill weed, caraway and celery seeds, this "complex-tasting bread is like a circus of flavors in your mouth!" ($4.14 for 24 ounces, at select grocery stores)

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