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Twist Ties on Bread Indicate the Day It Was Delivered to the Store

Don't buy a loaf of bread without checking the color of the twist tie.

By Margaret MinnicksPublished 3 years ago 3 min read

Some people might already know what the colors of the twist ties on bread mean. However, all shoppers should know it in order to purchase the freshest bread. Just for fun, look at the photo above and see if you know which day you should buy that loaf of bread based on the color of the twist tie.

What Is a Twist Tie?

A twist tie is the thin strip of plastic used to tie the openings of bags for slice bread, hamburger rolls, and hot dog rolls. The twist ties serve another purpose other than just keeping the bags closed. The color of the strip lets consumers know the best day to purchase their bread. There are five colors of strips. Each color indicates the day the bread was baked and delivered to the store.

Here is a quick lesson to learn when to purchase bread on five days of the week and what to do on the other two days.

Colors of Twist Ties

One might think bread is not delivered on the two weekend days, but that's not so. Fresh bread is not delivered on Sunday which is the first day of the week or on Wednesday, the middle day of the week.

In order to remember which color to select, know that the colors are in alphabetical order. Therefore, you need to remember the day of the week and the order of the colors. Let's start with Monday, the first delivery day and the first in the alphabetical order of the colors. Remember to skip Wednesday and Sunday.

Colors of Twist Ties on Certain Days

(Twist ties in the order they are used on bread/Photo via

The days and colors are as follows:

  • Monday – blue
  • Tuesday – green
  • Thursday – red
  • Friday – white
  • Saturday – yellow
  • Make sure you choose the right color for Monday. If not, you might get the other colors wrong for the rest of the week. A good tip to start off with Monday with the color blue is to think of Fats Domino's old song Blue Monday.

    If you are in the store on Wednesday when there is no delivery and you want to buy bread, choose Tuesday's color. If you want to buy bread on Sunday, choose Saturday's color. The bread will still be fresh.

    Colors Not Just for Consumers

    Surely, the colors help consumers choose the freshest bread, but the colors are helpful for employees as well. The color-coding makes it much easier for employees to remove stale loaves from the shelves and replace them with fresh ones. They simply need to look at the color of the twist ties.

    Bread Plastic Tags

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    The twist tie with designated colors is the most popular way of keeping bags together and letting consumers know which loaf of bread is the freshest. There is another way to tell. Plastic tags as shown above have the same colors as twist ties.

    Once you learn the right twist tie color and the plastic tag to select for the freshest bread, there is no reason to ever buy stale bread again.

    Teach Your Children

    If you shop with your kids, that could be an educational and fun lesson for them. They will be able to learn the colors in alphabetical order that go along with each day. Let them select the bread based on the color of the ties or tags.

    By the way, the day indicated by the yellow twist tie above is on a loaf of bread that should be purchased on Saturday, the last day of the week. If you do not go to the store on Saturday, yellow can be purchased on Sunday.


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    Margaret Minnicks

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