Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tasty Breads From Middles Await You

I try to eat healthy on a regular basis, but one thing that really prevents me from maintaining a fantastic diet is carbs and cheese.  I can avoid soda, fast foods, and fried foods, but cheese and carbs are a true weakness.  Who can say no to fabulous cheesy baked pasta or fresh out of the oven bread sticks or garlic bread? It's impossible to decline those tasty treats and I really have to work hard to do so.  Like they say though, everything is okay in moderation and it's perfectly acceptable to treat yourself from time to time!

Middles are now available in the freezer section of grocery, club, supermarket and convenience stores nationwide.  Each box contains eight tasty bread bites in six different varieties including plain bread stuffed with either 5 cheese, mac and cheese or plain cream cheese.  If you're looking for stuffed bagels, why not try a French toast bagel stuffed with sweet cream cheese or an everything bagel stuffed with plain cream cheese? Lastly, a tasty pretzel bread stuffed with beer cheese completes the Middles menu.  

Middles are inspired by the much-celebrated combination of bread and cheese, but the brand advances the concept by featuring the soft "middle" section of popular bakery staples like breads and bagels. 
You can either bake them in the oven or pop them in the microwave to have a satisfying snack any time of day.  They are perfect for after-school snacks to satisfy children of any ages.  There's a flavor for anyone's palette.  Which one sounds best to you?

We received three Middles to try and Scarlett and I were ready to dig right in.  I knew we'd both enjoy the plain bread stuffed with mac and cheese while my husband would be a fan of the everything bagel stuffed with cream cheese.  Since I'm a pretzel bread lover, I was eager to sample the pretzel bread filled with beer cheese.

Time was on our side and I didn't feel the need to microwave the Middles.  I had the time to bake them and really wanted to have them crispy and perfectly cooked on the outside.  I feel that microwaving frozen food rather than baking it does change the taste.

As they were baking, my kitchen smelled very cheesy and I kept checking the timer to see when they'd be done.  Once the cute little round bites were done, I knew it was time to dig in.  Scarlett was helping me with the taste test and she's always up for a sampling job!

Since it was snack time, I paired her samples with some cucumbers on her plate to add a healthy side to the two breads.  She enjoyed the plain bread with the mac and cheese the best.  Since she's a pasta lover through and through, this doesn't surprise me at all.

The bread was soft and fluffy on the inside but perfectly crispy on the outside.  When you bit into it, you were met with a cheesy goodness that had Macaroni noodles in it!  Who doesn't love the combination of bread and pasta? It's a classic one.  There was just enough cheese in the middle to satisfy your cheese craving, but it was definitely not an overwhelming amount. 

I am not a fan of everything bagels or cream cheese, so I opted out of trying that sample.  Luckily, my husband's favorite bagel is everything and he was more than up for the taste-test.  I was told that the bread truly tasted like an everything bagel and he was impressed that the bread bite really had the flavor down.  

The cream cheese was consistent through each bite and Jay really enjoyed it.  He said he'd definitely be having more of them in the future.

Lastly, the pretzel bread bite was stuffed with beer cheese which I have never tasted before.  I wasn't sure what to expect.  Was it going to taste a lot like beer, or would it have no flavor of beer? Pretzel bread is what I choose a lot to have sandwiches or hamburgers on, so I was excited that it was included in the Middles lineup.  

The bread was soft and chewy and gave way to a fabulous center of beer cheese heaven.  I was intrigued with beer cheese and thought it really added an element of flavor to the rustic pretzel bread.  It's safe to say that I was on board with this combo!

I look forward to trying other Middles flavors in the future.  It would be interesting if they added another sweet flavor to their lineup in the future like chocolate and peanut butter stuffed? Even plain chocolate would work for me!

If you're looking for a new and exciting addition to add to snack time, why not try Middles? I can guarantee that with one bite, you'll be hooked!

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Middles for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.

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