Panera to Test an Epic Double Bread Bowl

Double the fun, double the length of your food coma.

By Ethan L. Johns
August 01, 2018

Image: Panera Bread

No, you’re not seeing double.

Panera is taking the whole sharing-is-caring thing to another level this month, as it begins to test a brand-new double bread bowl at its restaurants in the city of Philadelphia.

Where the original bread bowl had room for a measly single variety of soup, the new bowl features two hollowed-out sections that can be filled with two different dishes, giving you many different combination opportunities, as well as the chance to really test the limits of your stomach.

The loaf bowls are really meant to be shared, the company says, “with your BFF, significant other, or even a coworker.”

So many decisions to be made. For instance, with soup being the intensely personal food that it is, will you decide to actually share your double bread bowl? Or will you attempt to eat two bowls of soup and a loaf of bread by yourself?

Then, of course, you have to pick which soups you actually want to fill your bowls with. There is no shortage of options, seeing as Panera Bread serves broccoli cheddar soup, black bean soup, New England Clam chowder, baked potato soup and more.

Or maybe you don’t even want soup! In this case, you can go for mac n’ cheese and make a meal so carb-dense that you’ll be asking yourself, why am I doing this to myself in August, of all months?

The new option will be available from August 5th until August 31st. If Philadelphians are hungry enough, the chain might even bring it to the rest of the country.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns