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This post has been a long time coming. I have hesitated to write it and put it off because I love this bakery so much and I want to make sure that I sing its praises enough.
Here goes my best attempt.
Bread is a staple in our home. Yet it it something that I rarely buy at the grocery store. I buy our freshly baked bread at The Manghis’ Bread in Montpelier, VT. You will be drawn to Manghi’s by the aroma of baked goods as you drive downtown. You will wonder “where is that amazing smell coming from?” Then you will find Manghi’s unintentionally hidden in a yellow Victorian house on School St, right next to the Kellogg Hubbard Library. Everyone in my family knows about Manghi’s because my children have made their rolls world famous. Most young children in the Montpelier area know about the white and wheat rolls that are plentiful after Story Time (right next door at the Library). The rolls fit perfectly into a small hand. My 18 month old starts to sign “please” as soon as we drive near Manghi’s. If we decide to go into the library first we are dragging her, in tears, as she wants her roll.
Here are a few pictures of my son getting a roll a few years ago.
These five cent rolls (for young children) are very special to my own children. It’s not just about a roll. It’s about friendly faces at a neighborhood bakery and the emotional sense of community that Manghi’s offers. Manghi’s makes over 500 rolls a day for their customers!
Manghi’s has much more than rolls to offer! Every time we go I ask what is ready and take it. Honey Oat, Whole Wheat, Raisin Bread. We are not picky because we know that every bread item is delicious. For holidays or on other occasions such as birthdays or family gatherings we will bring home Cinnamon Rolls, or Lemon Poppy Seed Buns. Both are sweet and and ooey gooey delicious!
Recently Maria Manghi-Stoufer, the daughter of Manghi’s owner Elaine Manghi invited my children and I in for a tour of the bakery. It was nice to have time to talk with Maria about the history and the future of the bakery. I was struck by the stories that Elaine told and how she describes their bakery as “customer pleasing”. Their recipes and breads have changed based on the needs and wants of their clients. Elaine explained that their raisin bread has so many raisins because customers requested more. We have enjoyed this bread a few times and it really is full of raisins. Each bite bursts with sweet and juicy fruit.
Here are a few more pictures from inside the bakery.
Much of this healthy bread will be delivered to local schools. Manghi’s delivers bread to U-32, Calais Elementary, Turtle Island, East Montpelier Elementary, Union School and Montpelier High School. With this year’s new state meal requirements each school is adjusting their orders with Manghi’s. Maria tells us “We are seeing schools order a new variety of loaves to test and see what the children will eat and what they are able to serve. There seems to be some fine tuning for all schools as they figure out how to balance the grain and carb intake. We make so many variety’s of bread that it is more a matter of the school finding what is right for them. We are always willing to try a new recipe or % of wholewheat flour.”
Manghi’s cheese twist is now one of my favorite foods. We brought home a cheese twist to photography and formally review for this blog post and I ate almost the whole twist before my husband came home. It was addicting! As you can tell from the picture below I was not the only one who couldn’t keep my hands off this cheesy, sweet, savory bread. This is a must try for everyone and my, “go – to” edible gift!
I hope that you have enjoyed learning more about this bakery gem in Montpelier. I have no doubt that you will love it as much as we do. Thank you thank you thank you to Manghi’s for being so wonderful to my children, my family, and our community!
Manghi’s is giving away a t-shirt and $20 gift certificate to one LUCKY winner! Simply comment on this blog post to enter this giveaway! Tell us why you love Manghi’s or what you are excited to try from their bakery! We will choose one random commenter on Thursday, October 4th at 10PM!