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#1 CapedCrusader

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 23:20

Me and my friends have been arguing about this for a while now, and I'd like to get some other people's opinions on this.

I believe that the thickness of each slice of pre-sliced bread is getting smaller. In my opinion they have eaten bread regularly all their lives so I believe they have not noticed the gradual thinning of our bread.

As a kid I would only eat medium sliced bread, and would not touch the thick sliced bread as it was too "bready". After a break where I ate very few sandwiches for a few years I started buying bread again and bought medium sliced as always. However, it seemed to me that the new medium slice is significantly thinner than the old medium slice, and would tend to tear if peanut butter was applied too vigourously, which was never a problem in the old days. So I bought thick sliced next time round and to my memory was the same thickness as the old medium sliced.

I also kind of remember the existence of thin sliced? although I am not sure on that point. If there was a thin sliced, then where is it now?

Does anyone else have similar memories of thicker medium sliced bread?


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Posted 13 September 2006 - 23:22

:laugh: Maybe someone is trying to thin down the bread eaters.

#3 Elliot B.

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 23:25

Does anyone else have similar memories of thicker medium sliced bread?

I definitely think it's getting thinner, yeah. Smaller (dimensions), too.

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 23:25

I can't say I've noticed as I've never stuck to one brand for a long time. It's usually just what's in the store or french bread and other non sliced varieties. I must say though, Hovis White Extra Thick Square Cut is the daddy when it comes to thick pre-sliced bread.... the only problem being that because it's so thick there are hardly any slices!

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 23:26

Resistance to peanut butter application doesn't just depend on the thickness. Leave a thin slice out on the counter for five days. You won't be able to break it even if you sliced lava on it.

Also, remember you've grown, so things might seem smaller to you. Well, actually they seemed bigger back then. Like I remember, when I was little I thought light switches being unreasonable high on the walls. But now, lol @ baby me.

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 23:28

Resistance to peanut butter application doesn't just depend on the thickness. Leave a thin slice out on the counter for five days. You won't be able to break it even if you sliced lava on it.


Who in their right mind would want a purposely staled peanut butter sandwich?

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 07:42

There are people in the world who **** chickens. There's gotta be someone out there who likes staled peanut butter sandwiches.

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 07:47

lmao!!!!

seems same size to me, thick bread sucks, which idiots buy it!

As for cadbury's creme eggs...

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 07:47

Do you ever go to a supermarket? You can definately still buy thinly sliced bread, and thick sliced stuff is plenty thick enough for me. Pick up Warburtons Super-Toastie - a sandwich made with two pieces of that is fairly hefty!

Failing that buy a bloomer and just cut the slices to your own specification ;)

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 07:47

There are people in the world who **** chickens. There's gotta be someone out there who likes staled peanut butter sandwiches.


You can't argue with that!

I also reckon it's getting thinner.

How can it be classed as "medium" if there is no longer a "thin". I haven't seen thin for years, or I've just missed it. :o

We used to have thin when I was a kid or I wouldn't be able to eat more than half a round.

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 08:39

I haven't noticed any differences myself I think you have all just got bigger.

There is a difference between different brands though in thickness, quality and freshness.

With the bread tearing, I have found that the cheaper margarines can cause this (as well as manky bread) so I suggest top quality bread and peanut butter!


Oh and I think I have seen thin sliced in the last couple of years....

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 08:45

This is def one of the better Neowin threads! lol! (Y)

I Havnt noticed a difference, mind u im not living in the UK.

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 11:43

I can't say I've noticed as I've never stuck to one brand for a long time. It's usually just what's in the store or french bread and other non sliced varieties. I must say though, Hovis White Extra Thick Square Cut is the daddy when it comes to thick pre-sliced bread.... the only problem being that because it's so thick there are hardly any slices!


Oh yes, Hovis Extra think cut is very nice :yes: I don't really prefer it as toast tho as it too thick. I feel the bread has got thin yet the prices has gone up by 40%-50% over the last 5 years at least on top brand bread.

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 11:46

Well it's the mass of the loaf that your should be checking out.

Slices usually come in medium, thick and door step.

You do get thinner slices from the specialist breads like nimble and danish.

I suggest you buy uncut like I do and slice it yourself.

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 11:48

its the same as Wagon Wheels and Baby Rusks they have shrunk as well