Compare your bread to “our” bread.

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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!

Best,
~Honi

**Giveaway alert!**
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!

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38 thoughts on “Compare your bread to “our” bread.

  1. There is always a loaf of mangi’s honey bran on our counter and their challah makes the best French toast!! We also can’t go to the library without stopping in!

  2. I love Manghi’s bakery because they make essential goodness fresh. Most Americans get bread that has been sitting on shelves for a long long time at a local grocery store. But Manghi’s bakery gives regular people the opportunity to eat REAL and fresh food. I am dying to literally try ALL of the breads!! Thank you!

  3. Great post Honi! Manghi’s is my favorite too! I especially love the spelt bread, whole wheat bread, rolls and the cheese twist bread! You really can’t go wrong with any of their yummy goods. But….I haven’t tried their pizza dough! I am missing out! Where do you buy it? Thanks!

  4. This bakery looks amazing-I’ll definitely check it out next time I’m in Montpelier. And they are so great to have those rolls available for the kids-what a special treat that Moms & Dads don’t have to spend a lot of money on!

  5. Good Honest Food. Yeah. I am a recipient of your Holiday Bread the Pannatonne. I not only anticipate December because of it, but just thinking about maybe there will be a loaded loaf under the tree brings a smile to my face. Thank you Manghis, and Michael!

  6. My mother-in-law is a baker and I have long sang her praises. But after we tried Manghi’s white bread, we were instantly converts (if a bit guilty ones). We have since tried many of their breads — but I wasn’t aware of the cheese twists! We would absolutely love a chance to put a gift certificate toward some fresh twists!
    Thanks for the extra input!

  7. one of the top 5 things i miss about living in montpelier is manghis’ bakery. they could charge me just for the aroma. And my daughter loves the kids’ rolls – we can’t go to the library without stopping in next-door.

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  9. Honi… this statement is a bit misleading:
    “These five cent rolls are very special to my children.”
    I just picked up a bag of 12 rolls today and they cost $3.40
    Not exactly 5 cents a piece… 🙂

  10. You always talk about how special this place is & we need a fantastic reason to make the trip! What I like best is Little H giving her the money for the roll as she greets him with it. So precious & such a neat lesson. ❤ We LOVE good bread!!

  11. I also like the cheese twist and the almond twist but the cinnamon swirl bread is just excellent toasted. But I recall a time my daughter and I stopped at Legares in North Montpelier and bought that cheese twist to take home well it never made it home. It made for a nice treat on the way. 😉 That happened more than once. You would be surprised how you can just break off a chuck of the maple walnut bread on your small loaves and eat it on your way home. They make excellent bread.

  12. I just can’t say enough good things about the lady in the red kerchief. Jenne is it?

    She’s the bees knees and why I love Manghi’s bread.

  13. Oh my gooness! Love Manghi’s!! I used to deliver to Waitsfield a few years ago for them and have admittedly lost touch. Reading your article brought the smell of their bakery back in an instant. I’m about to give birth to a daughter and can’t wait to take her in when she’s a bit older. Yay Manghi’s! Would love to try that cheese twist….

  14. I would love to try some of that bread, it looks delicious!! I’m spoiled by my mom’s bread but I’m definitely up to try some new stuff.

  15. Wow, Never knew about Manghi’s Bakery before this. Thanks Honi, I will definitely give them a visit this weekend. I can’t wait to try that raisin bread!
    Rob C
    Waterbury Center

  16. I had never heard of this bakery till this post. I don’t always get a chance to read every post, but am glad I read this one. I am excited to check them out next time I’m in Montpelier. I think I will be trying their cheese twist and raisin bread. I’m sure my 16 month old would like to try one of their rolls. I enjoy reading your posts (when I can). Thanks and keep up the good work 🙂

  17. Spelt bread= amazing! I love watching my 3 year dig into his pocket to get a dime for a roll for him and his sister. It’s so sweet! And we rarely leave without some pizza dough! Nice job Honi!

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