The best frozen garlic bread is just as good as—if not better than—freshly made garlic bread. It’s squishy and crusty in all the right places, buttery as hell, and perfect for sopping up red sauce (we recommend Rao’s Marinara). When we set out to find the best garlic bread you can buy at the grocery store, we picked up everything from loaves to pre-sliced Texas toast to garlic rolls. Let your preferences be your guide.
Here at Sporked, we really love frozen garlic bread. My colleague Danny Palumbo wrote a whole-ass essay arguing (convincingly) that frozen garlic bread is actually better than garlic bread you’d make yourself. “A lot of freshly prepared garlic bread can be dry, bland, and uninspiring,” he wrote. Frozen garlic bread, on the other hand, is “soft and butter laden” (just like me). I will be honest: I didn’t feel particularly well after this taste test, but far be it from me to complain about eating garlic bread. Grab some paper towels and a breath mint, and let’s talk about the best frozen garlic bread.
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- Pepperidge Farm Garlic Bread
It’s Danny opinion that Texas toast is the most perfect form of garlic bread, but there’s something so satisfying about the sheer surface area of a loaf. I’m talking about the wonderfully crusty outside and the pillowy, oily innards. If you also like a loaf, Pepperidge Farm is the best garlic bread out there. When you take this loaf out of the bag, it’s covered in a thick smear of garlic butter and that really works for it. The best thing about a loaf? Options, baby. You can leave the two halves of the baguette together in the oven if you like a super squishy center, or separate them and put them face up on a cookie sheet if you want the edges to crisp up a little bit (I did the latter, FWIW). Either way, it’s perfection. Some of the garlic bread we tried tasted overwhelmingly like oil, but this really tasted buttery and fresh. Sporked editor in chief Justine Sterling thought this tasted like homemade.
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- New York Bakery Five Cheese Texas Toast
I know this is going to sound nuts, but some cheese bread is just too damn cheesy. If the bread in question has also been coated in a thick layer of butter or margarine (and garlic, obvi), the addition of cheese can turn the bread into an oily, gnarly mess. New York Bakery—king of the store-bought crouton—got the bread to cheese to grease ratio just right with its Five Cheese Texas Toast. The bread is super crispy on the outside, really soft and squishy inside, and the combo of cheeses has such a nice bite. Even the crust of the bread feels like it was buttered. This is just so, so good.
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- Stater Bros. Garlic Dinner Rolls
These garlic dinner rolls from Stater Bros. aren’t just adorable, they’re really delicious, too. These are crusty on the outside, soft and warm on the inside, and have lots of good garlic flavor. While you’re probably picturing these in a wicker basket wrapped in a red-and-white checkered tea towel, we think these would be killer bisected and used as buns for meatball sliders. The inside will absorb the sauce, but you’ll still get some crunch when you bite in. Oh, and if you need frozen meatball suggestions, we have you covered there too.
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- L’Oven Fresh Garlic Bread
I’m already a big Aldi guy, and this loaf of garlic bread cements my affinity for the discount grocer. (Bagging your own groceries isn’t a big deal! And you get your cart quarter back!) This loaf of garlic bread is basically as good as the Pepperidge Farm loaf, and it’s about a buck fifty cheaper too. Not to beat a dead meatball horse, but this would be excellent as a base for a meatball sub.
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- Signature Select Garlic Parmesan Breadsticks
I’m not going to say these rival Olive Garden garlic breadsticks because I’m not in the mood to be yelled at by people who love Olive Garden, but they’ll certainly do if you don’t feel like heading out for Ziti al Forno, or whatever. These cook up fast and are perfectly soft and flavorful. The parm is a nice touch too. If you like a stick, this is the best frozen garlic bread you can buy.
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Best of the Best
Best Dinner Roll
Best for a Sandwich
Other products we tried: Mama Cozzi’s, Mama Cozzi’s Five Cheese, L’Oven Fresh Parmesan Romano, Pepperidge Farm Texas Toast, Great Value Garlic Texas Toast, Great Value Five Cheese Texas Toast, Great Value Garlic Breadsticks
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I think you got it 100 percent, and in the right order.
I was waiting to see if you ranked Cole’s Garlic Bread today in GMM. Cole’s is the best. Pepperidge Farm is too garlicky.,
100% agree that Cole’s is the one true garlic bread
This is 100% correct.
Coles best loaves, though New York has the best Texas Toast.