The Truth About Panera's 'Fresh' Food
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When you visit Panera, do you expect all their menu items to be freshly prepared? If the answer is yes, we'll let you in on a little trade secret: Some of Panera's menu items aren't half as fresh as you think.

You've heard the claims:

"When Panera began, we decided to get up every day and bake fresh bread from fresh dough."

But is it true? Well, it turns out the crew at Panera really does bake their bread on site, but the dough reportedly isn't made from scratch on the premises. Every day, prepared dough is evidently delivered by truck from a source close to the restaurant, and it may or may not be frozen. A former employee told Refinery29:

"[The frozen dough came] from a town about an hour away."

If it's any consolation, editors at Refinery29 mentioned that some Panera policies and practices have changed since that comment was made. But as recently as 2018, a supposed former Panera manager said something very similar on Reddit, writing that:

"Dough is sent fresh nightly from a regional facility and baked fresh every night for the next day."

So… close enough?

Watch the video to learn the truth about Panera's 'fresh' food!

#Panera #Restaurant #PaneraBread

Bread dough | 0:12
Mac and cheese | 0:59
Soup | 1:43
Salad toppings and sandwich meats | 2:36
Other baked goods | 3:25


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Over the course of human history, we've cooked up some serious culinary misconceptions that were accepted as truth until as recently as a few years ago. Seems unthinkable, right? It's not, so let's talk about some incorrect things we believed about food just 25 years ago. #FoodMyth #GotMilk Fat is the enemy | 0:17 The food pyramid | 11:13 The mightiest source of calcium | 2:04 Chocolate is an aphrodisiac | 2:59 Cereal as a healthy breakfast | 3:44 Most important meal of the day | 4:54 Diet soda is better than soda | 5:59 Fruit juice is healthy | 7:08 Turkey makes you sleepy | 8:15 Gum's seven-year stay | 9:16 Eating before swimming | 10:00
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If you're the observant sort of shopper who wants to get the most out of every dime, it's possible you've noticed that Costco's fully cooked, 3-pound rotisserie chickens are actually cheaper than their uncooked ones. They're also among the cheapest rotisserie chickens around, making this a deal that seems too good to be true. #Costco #CostcoRotisserieChicken
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Ever tried Two Buck Chuck? The much beloved, and often maligned "super-value" wine, only available at Trader Joe's, has been leaving the popular grocery chain's doors by the case since it first offered the brand in 2002. But how much do you really know about your favorite $2 bottle of vino? #TraderJoes #TwoBuckChuck It isn't always two bucks | 0:18 Chuck is a real guy | 0:36 How's it so cheap? | 1:22 It's award-winning | 2:04 A sommelier weighs in | 2:26 Name blame | 2:56
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McDonald's announced it was phasing out its Supersized fries and drinks back in 2004. But the concept of "Supersizing" is so firmly associated with McDonald's and American fast food culture that people still use the term more than a decade later. So why did the Supersize menu disappear, anyway? #McDonalds #SuperSizeMe Straight from the clown's mouth | 0:16 Lightening the load | 1:00 Popularity contested | 2:21 Hero with a handlebar | 2:52 It's still around in spirit | 3:40
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Little Caesars' Hot-N-Ready deal can be a lifesaver for those days when there's just not enough hours for a busy family to get everything done, and hey, the kids always like pizza, right? Unfortunately, if you're tired of pizza, it turns out that Little Caesars' other options may not be the best choice. Because according to the internet, if there's one thing you definitely shouldn't order at Little Caesar's, it's their famous Crazy Bread. #LittleCaesars #CrazyBread
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Cracker Barrel prides itself on being a restaurant where the whole family can sit back, relax, eat a nice meal, shop for knick-knacks in its old country store, and play a round or two of giant checkers. However, despite its southern charm and always-convenient locations, some of Cracker Barrel’s delicious menu items are incredibly bad for you. Here’s a look at the foods you should probably avoid on your next trip to the southern staple. #CrackerBarrel Fresh Fruit N' Yogurt Parfait Breakfast | 0:22 Fried Chicken Salad | 0:57 Sunday Homestyle Chicken | 1:30 Pecan Pancakes | 2:16 Maple Jam N' Bacon Burger | 3:06 Sweet ice tea | 3:57 Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake | 4:36
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No matter how much time you spend at Costco, there are probably a few things you don't know about the popular members-only warehouse club. On top of fake Tiffany rings and controversial food practices, the wholesale retailer also has plenty of skeletons in its closet. #Costco #Secrets Fake Tiffany rings? | 0:16 The treasure hunt | 1:07 The egg controversy | 1:42 Members have some complaints | 2:43 Price matching? Yes, indeed. | 3:27 Members only? Not exactly. | 3:56
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Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares has been off the air since 2014, but the show still commands the love of millions of fans. But how much do they really know about the series? Here's a look at what the biggest fans don't really know about Kitchen Nightmares. #KitchenNightmares #GordonRamsay The softer side of Gordon | 0:16 One restaurant owner had mob ties | 0:58 Free food | 1:52 Cruel intentions | 2:40
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We all know that McDonald's food is full of fat and laced with sugar. But some options are better than others. There are some menu choices that won't break the calorie bank, and some that will completely wreck your diet. Here are the ones you should absolutely never order. #McDonalds Sausage breakfast sandwiches | 0:16 Shamrock Shake and Milkshakes | 1:01 World-famous fries | 2:11 McCafe Frappes | 2:48 Double quarter pounder with cheese | 3:19 Soda | 3:56
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In 2007, Subway launched the $5 footlong. But after nearly a decade of dominance, Subway sent a bizarre and sad tweet in February 2016 indicating that, just like that, the $5 footlong was history. Here's why. #Subway #$5Footlong $5 brain game | 0:15 The joy of six | 1:01 The footlong lawsuit | 1:59 The idea was outdated | 2:58 Requiem for a grinder | 3:40
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Salmon's popularity comes with quite a bit of confusion, what with the multiple varieties, health claims, and concerns about sustainability. What true and what's not? Here's a look at some things you probably never knew about salmon. #Salmon #AtlanticSalmon Varieties of salmon | 0:13 Farmed salmon vs. wild salmon | 0:50 Salmon for beauty and health | 1:36 Franken-salmon | 2:13 Salmon's importance in nature | 3:08 Salmon's cultural significance | 3:56 So many ways to enjoy salmon | 4:35
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Since 1983, Panda Express has been doing a brisk business in American Chinese cuisine, serving up popular entrees like Beijing Beef and Honey Walnut Shrimp. But according to employees, there's one signature dish you should never order. You may want to sit down for this. #PandaExpress #PeiWei #OrangeChicken
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If it's been a while since you've set foot in a shopping mall food court, it's probably been a long time since you've eaten at a Sbarro. What happened to this once-ubiquitous pizza chain? These are the reasons Sbarros are slowly vanishing nationwide. #Sbarro #BadPizza Mall fatigue | 0:13 Better options | 0:54 Outdated ideas | 1:40 Money problems | 2:40 Updates and downvotes | 3:43 Everyone hates the food | 4:29
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Domino's is world famous for its pizza, but according to some employees, there's one thing you should never order from the chain's menu: sandwiches. #DominosPizza #Pizza #DominosSubs
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Fine dining isn't cheap, so it's critical that you make the most out of your experience and order the right stuff. If you're looking to save money, protect your sensitive stomach, or eat ethically, here are a few fancy menu items it's probably best to just avoid. #WhatNotToOrder #BadMenuItems Veal | 0:22 Raw oysters | 1:05 Mussels | 1:49 Pasta | 2:36 Halibut and red snapper | 3:23
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Hardee's climb to fast-food success hasn't been a smooth ride. They've been accused of sexist advertising, competed bitterly with other brands, and so much more. Here's everything you never knew about Hardee's. #Hardees #CarlsJr Altered states | 0:11 Death of a pioneer | 0:44 Advertising controversy | 1:20 The rebrand: A mixed reception | 1:56 Competing with KFC | 2:50 Fast-food turkey burger? | 3:40 Star-studded succulence | 4:14
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With Walmart providing insanely low prices, it's no surprise so many have turned a blind eye to any shady behavior performed by the company to save a buck. Here are some shady secrets Walmart doesn't want you to know. #Walmart #WalmartSecrets Wealthy family, broke employees | 0:12 Prison labor | 0:56 Bogus claims | 1:28 Taxpayers foot the bill | 2:02 Devious business practices | 2:49 They locked employees in the store | 4:31 Stop, shoppers, what's that sound? | 5:10
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Beloved by everyone from chef David Chang to the Kardashians, Popeyes isn't just "Louisiana Fast," it's a cultural phenomenon. But before you dig into a biscuit combo, you might want a little taste of the real story behind the brand. #Popeyes #Chicken #FastFood Popeyes founder versus Anne Rice | 0:15 "Emotional Support Chickens" | 1:08 Switching up their name | 1:52 Those Popeyes-loving celebrities | 2:41 Marketing missteps | 3:22 Skipping the healthy train | 4:05
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Foodies might have a bead on what’s hot in the world of food, but here are some of the most dangerous food trends ever. Prepare your hearts and your stomachs, because you might find out one of your favorite treats or trends could be seriously damaging to your overall health. While some of these foods and trends include assumedly healthy choices like increased water intake and juice cleansing, it might shock you to know that they have the adverse effect. So if you’re a follower of some of the biggest food trends in recent years, drop that activated charcoal soft serve and toss aside your gluten-free bagel for a hot second and follow along with us. It makes sense that you’d want to follow the latest health kicks, especially if most of your friends are taking part as well, but you might want to be a little more wary about what you put in your body. It turns out that even something as innocuous as drinking too much water could mess you up in ways you never thought. For instance, you’ve heard that milk does the body good and helps you grow, but drinking non-dairy milk just might keep kids from actually growing. Learning that milk could stunt one’s growth just might be a little too hard to swallow. Join us as we check out some food trends that aren’t working out the way that people would hope. Activated charcoal | 0:21 Juice cleanses | 1:11 Switching everything to coconut oil | 1:48 Going gluten-free | 2:27 Non-dairy milks | 3:21 Drinking too much water | 4:03