Bays English Muffins
Where Quality and Taste Come Together

About Bays

A History of Quality

Since 1933, Bays has consistently delivered on its promise to serve the best English muffins in the world. First sold by the dozen in brown paper bags, the muffins were hand-delivered to bakeries, restaurants, hotels and private clubs. Soon Americans made Bays English muffins a necessary breakfast staple.

Bays FactoryIn 1933, George W. Bay opened a bakery in Chicago’s downtown Loop district starting a new chapter in baking history. He sold English muffins with orange marmalade — a Bay family tradition. Using the original recipe his English grandmother brought to this country in the 1800s, George Bay made English muffins with only top-quality ingredients.Sold by the dozen in brown paper bags, the muffins were hand-delivered to bakeries, restaurants, hotels and private clubs. Soon Americans made English muffins a favorite breakfast meal. In 1938, Bays Corporation was one of the first companies to package their English muffins in a box with a cellophane window. The muffins were sold by the half dozen and distributed to major grocery stores including Jewel and National Tea Stores. As the English muffin gained acceptance in the U.S., it lost popularity in its homeland.
By the 1950s, it was rumored that the Queen Mother, unable to find muffins commercially, had established a source for her own private supply. In the early 1970s, McDonald’s introduced the highly successful Egg McMuffin
– a delicious Canadian-style bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich on a toasted Bays English Muffin.Today, Bays continues to carry on the family tradition – operating as a family business and adhering to the authentic, original recipe. Bays maintains its standard of excellence using only Hawaiian cane sugar, Minnesota spring wheat and whole milk, Wisconsin AA butter, and potato flour.

The Bay Family: A Commitment to Quality and a History of Baking

George Bay was joined in the family owned and operated business by his son James N. Bay, Sr., in 1951. They worked closely together until George W. Bay retired in 1968 and James N. Bay became president of Bays English Muffins Corporation. His sons, James N. Bay, Jr. and George A. Bay, later joined the company and are now actively running the firm.

Bays English Muffins are sold in the refrigerated dairy cases of major grocery stores. All muffins are made to order, and leave the factory within 24 hours of their baking to be shipped across the country in refrigerated trucks.

Bays Makes Simple Wonderful

Our Products

Taste the Difference

Our products deliver a taste that defies description. You only need to try one of our four delicious flavors in order to become a believer.

Original

Wholesome Bays English Muffins are still made according to the original Bay family recipe. Only the finest ingredients…

Sourdough

Made with the same fresh, quality ingredients as our original muffins (spring wheat flour, cane sugar, whole milk…

Honey Wheat

Whole wheat brings a new dimension of flavor to Bays traditional muffin recipe. A sweet touch of honey…

Multi-Grain

Whole grain goodness with a rich, nutty flavor, distinguishes Bays newest Multi-Grain variety. Made with the same fresh,…

A Lasting Tradition

Bays Recipes

Creations We Love

Each Bays recipe is a tried and true way to enjoy your Bays. Have a recipe idea? Make sure to let us know! Try one of our delicious recipes today!

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    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    BAYS packaging allows for maximum freshness to be retained as they make their way to your home. Many BAYS lovers have found that placing the muffins in a resealable plastic bag once they’ve been opened keeps them fresh in the refrigerator.

    BAYS are available in many retailers nationwide, you can find your nearest location at this link:www.bays.com/store-finder. Additionally, if you believe our muffins would be a great addition to your closest retailer, please let the manager know! We would love to be close to home.

    BAYS follows an authentic recipe featuring the finest ingredients available – pure cane sugar, spring wheat flour, whole milk, Wisconsin AA butter and potato flour, and as few preservatives as possible.  Our English muffins are refrigerated in order to maintain not only their freshness, but also the consistently light and crispy texture that English muffin connoisseurs seek.

    BAYS loves to deliver great tasting, fresh muffins to your grocer. You can enjoy the freshness by freezing your muffins in your freezer. Simply transfer BAYS into a resealable plastic bag and place them in your freezer to enjoy our home baked quality when you’d like them most.

    BAYS English Muffins are a bakery product and because they are made to order and shipped within 24 hours for maximum freshness, require refrigeration. Therefore the packaging used by BAYS upholds the most desirable texture and consistency for the muffins until they leave the store with the consumer. Many BAYS lovers have found that placing the muffins in a reclosable plastic bag once they’ve been opened keeps them fresh in the refrigerator until they are consumed.

    We are constantly dreaming up and testing new ideas for muffins, and your feedback is always welcome!

    We do not have a low sodium muffin at this time.

    The ingredients legend on theBAYS Multi-Grain English Muffins lists several grains used to manufacture the product.  This differs from Whole Grain where one grain is used.  We do not have a whole wheat product at this time.

    BAYS English Muffins do not contain peanuts or tree nuts.  All BAYS facilities are free of peanuts and tree nuts.

    BAYS complies with the FDA’s requirement for listing allergens.  While soy is not listed in our ingredient declaration, soy is listed in our allergen statement due to it being present in some of our ingredients.

    While both products are made in the same facility, it is highly unlikely that sesame seeds would ever be present in varieties other than multi-grain.

    BAYS follows an authentic recipe featuring the finest ingredients available – pure cane sugar, spring wheat flour, whole milk, Wisconsin AA butter and potato flour. Because our English muffins contain wheat flour, it is inherent that they would contain gluten.

    BAYS does not currently use nor has ever used azodicarbonamide in any products.

    Our Toast to Trivia contest brings useful, fun information to our consumers who take a deep interest in our products. We get our information from independent, reputable sources with very reliable information. Please send us a note via our Contact page if you feel there has been an error.


     

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