The English muffin is a classic part of the American breakfast. It is famously used as the outside component of McDonald’s Egg McMuffin and is used for countless other breakfast recipes. In the United Kingdom, the English muffin is referred to as the American muffin or simple a muffin. In fact, it has closer ties to America than England (more on this below).
Here are some of the most popular English muffin brands found in grocery stores in the United States. While Thomas’ is certainly the favorite brand of many English muffin lovers, there are many worthy rivals that are worth a try.
Thomas’ is one of most popular English muffin brands in the United States. In fact, it’s the top selling English muffin in the country. The company dates back to 1880 when an emigrant from England named Samuel Bath Thomas opened a bakery in New York and started selling English muffins. These muffins were called toaster crumpets at the the time. According to The Kitchn, Samuel Bath Thomas invented the English muffin in the United States, making it an American product and not English as its name implies.
Some of the current English muffins produced by Thomas’ are Original, Cinnamon Raisin, Sourdough, Blueberry, 100% Whole Wheat, and more. The company also makes bagels, breads, pitas, wraps, and toaster cakes.
Bays is the English muffin brand that is found in the dairy section of the grocery store. They keep them there to maintain the freshness of the product. The brand is owned by Bimbo Bakeries who is the same company who owns Thomas’ and other iconic bakery brands such as Sara Lee, Entenmann’s, and Brownberry. Bays makes four classic varieties of English muffins: Original, Sourdough, Cinnamon Raisin and Multi-Grain.
Stone & Skillet
Stone & Skillet is one of the newer kids on the block that was started in 2013. This New England based company focused on creating high-quality English muffins from the beginning. Their English muffins are handmade using flattop griddles without ever seeing the inside of an oven.
Looking at the above picture, you might not suspect these are English muffins given their plumpness. However, their thickness allows for more diversity for how they are used. As the below video explains, they are excellent for burgers, sandwiches, mini pizzas, and much more.
Franz is well over 100 years old being found in 1906. This Portland, Oregon company makes a variety of bakery goods such as breads, bagels, rolls, buns, and, of course, English muffins. They produce a nice selection of English muffins such as Original, Extra Crisp, Sourdough, 100% Whole Wheat, Nine Grain, Blueberry, Buttermilk and Raisin Cinnamon.
Food For Life
Food For Life was built on the notion of health awareness and the idea of how food can impact the body. The company does not take shortcuts when making their products. Many of their products focus on using certified organic ingredients, non-GMOs, no preservatives, zero refined sugars and sprouted grains.
At the time of this article, Food for Life makes the following English muffins: 7 Sprout Grains, Ezekiel 4:9 Cinnamon Raisin Sprouted Whole Grain, Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Flax, Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain, Genesis 1:29 Sprouted Whole Grain, Gluten Free Brown Rice English Muffins and Gluten Free Multi Seed English Muffin.
Mikey’s is another young English muffin brand that was founded, at least partly, to dispel the common belief that “gluten-free” automatically qualified a food as being healthy. Mikey’s knew that several gluten-free products were made with things like artificial ingredients and/or preservatives that were not necessarily healthy. The company set out to make their products out of simple ingredients with a focus on nutrition.
Mikey’s English muffins are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and grain-free. Their three core flavors are Original, Toasted Onion, and Cinnamon Raisin.
Dave’s Killer Bread
Dave’s Killer Bread is one of America’s favorite organic bread companies. It was co-founded by Dave Dahl who previously served 15 years in prison. The company believes in second chances and reinvention of the individual. They admirably employ about 1/3 of their workforce who have had a previous criminal past.
Dave’s makes two types of organic/non-GMO verified English muffins: Killer Classic and Rockin’ Grains. The Killer Classic is made with 8 grams of whole grains with five super grains that include quinoa, spelt, rye, millet and barley. The Rockin’ Grains have 20 grams of whole grains with five grains and seed that include flax seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, millet and quinoa.
Udi’s is a brand of Conagra Foods that was launched by Udi Baron. Udi began making gluten-free bakery items in 2008 to address the demand from people that had gluten intolerance, celiac disease, and other related problems. The company makes white English muffins that are soy and wheat-free (certified gluten-free).
Wolferman’s started as a Kansas City, Missouri grocery store in 1888. By 1910, they began making their famous English muffins. In fact, the 1910 recipe is still in use today! The three types of English muffins made by Wolferman’s are super-thick, traditional, and mini. In addition to their signature English muffins, the company makes are variety of baked goods that include such products as cakes, cheesecakes, bagels, muffins, and scones.
Glutino has been making gluten-free food products since 1983. They are a brand of Conagra Foods that makes Original and Multigrain English muffins.
Vermont Bread Company
Vermont Bread Company has been baking breads and similar products for over 40 years. Their English muffins are organic without the use of artificial ingredients. Here is an example of the 100% Whole Wheat English Muffin ingredients: Whole Wheat Flour, Water, Barley Malt Syrup, Yeast, Wheat Gluten, Cultured Wheat Starch, Cold Pressed Corn Oil, Vinegar, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Corn Meal, Rice Flour, Corn Flour.
At the time of this article Vermont Bread Company produces the following English muffins: 100% Whole Wheat, Golden White, Honey Wheat, Multigrain, and Spelt.