canned bread

breadsYeah, bread in a can. There is such a thing. If you haven’t heard of it before, it sounds hilarious, but it’s real, and apparently a New England regional favorite.

For those who are unfamiliar with brown bread in a can, it may seem like some bizarre, atomic-age contrivance. However, as those lucky enough to have been reared on this wholesome treat can tell you, it’s a throwback to old New England. B&M’s version has been tantalizing taste buds since 1867.

Extremely moist and dense, this mouthwatering bread is made using only natural ingredients and has a rich molasses taste that comes through with every bite. Slice and serve right out of the can or, if you prefer, toast, bake, or microwave it. Great with cream cheese, peanut butter and jelly, or flavored cheese spreads topped with cold cuts. Available plain or with raisins. Approx. 8 servings in 16 oz. can.

As a foodie gift item, this treat can come off as exotic, old-fashioned, alien, down-home, arcane or just plain weird. Apparently, you open each end of the can and push the loaf out. As unappetizing as that may sound, this stuff is apparently quite good, and possibly addictive. A half-inch slice is 130 calories, so it’s not bad as a bread item if you refrain from eating the entire loaf.

I have not yet found this delicacy locally, but you can order it from The Vermont Country Store in a package of two for under eleven bucks, or head to Amazon where you can find this canned bread in configurations ranging from one to dozen, with the prices plummeting the more you buy.