As a Bay Area native, New England clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl has long been one of my favorite comfort foods. But as a Disney fanatic, I’ve also been turned onto the mac & cheese bread bowls you can carbo-load on inside of California Adventure. When I go to places that have both options now, I struggle with which item I want to fill my bread with. That doesn’t have to be the case anymore.
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Panera Bread is testing out a new Double Bread Bowl option that would let me choose between the two pretty easily, because I can just get both at once. Shaped like an oblong loaf with two holes in it, you can choose two of the chain’s soup options that normally go in bread bowls. You can also swap one out for mac & cheese for a starchy soup, pasta, and bread combo meal.
Patrons can get pretty creative with the pairings stuffed into the double bread bowl as a result. Mac & cheese and clam chowder will probably be my guilty pleasure of choice, but a mix of broccoli cheddar and tomato soup also sounds pretty tasty. Tomato soup and mac & cheese is a classic pairing that would mesh perfectly in this new bread.
The double bread bowl isn’t going to be available everywhere just yet, though. Panera is testing it in Philadelphia from August 5-31 at first, where it will be available both in cafes and for delivery. From there, we’ll have to see whether all locations nationwide will get that option as well.