When I was a little girl, there was a Rainbow Bakery outlet in downtown Modesto. Once a month or so, my dad and I would head over to stock up on bread and more.
It was that "more" part that made me happy to go along -- the cupcakes, fruit pies and Sno Balls (those puffy little pink, coconut-covered confections) and such that also would fill the cart.
I'm not sure when the outlet went away, but I do know my parents saved by buying the five-for-$1 loaves and keeping them fresh for weeks in the freezer.
So for a long time after spying the Wonder Bread- Hostess Bakery outlet at Prescott and Standiford (it's no doubt been there for years), I'd been meaning to go in and check it out.
OK, so no five-for-$1 bargains -- it was the 1960s, after all -- but the bread and other baked goods still are considerable deals. I picked up hot dog buns for 98 cents and spied several bread options for the same price per loaf or a bit higher.
The expira- tion dates were a week or a bit longer, about the same as those at the grocery. I asked the clerk why the prices were cheaper and she said it was because the goods come straight from the bakery: no middleman.
She said fresh shipments arrive Tuesdays and Fridays.
I was just tickled to find my childhood favorites from the Rainbow Bakery -- fruit pies, cupcake, Snoballs and such -- all there, most for 80 cents each.
No, not '60s prices, but a bargain, nonetheless.
-- Pat Clark
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