2016 America’s Better Sandwich” Contest (giveaway ends 7/26/16)



Do you consider yourself a sandwich person? Do you crave a good old PJ&J? Does the idea of a grilled cheese sandwich make your mouth water? Or are you a fan of the classic BLT?

Personally I love the classic ham and Swiss on rye, with lettuce, onions, mayo and just a little bit of mustard. Mmm… yummy!

I’m also a big fan of scrambled egg sandwiches (scrambled eggs sandwiched in between two pieces of toast).

Our favorite sandwiches are made out of ingredients that we love, but let’s face it, the key to any great sandwich is the bread. You need the perfect bread to build your favorite sandwich.

Are you familiar with Arnold® Breads? The brand also goes by the names Brownberry and Oroweat in different parts of the country. Where I live (New York) we know it as Arnold® Bread. For the sake of this post I will refer to the brand as that, but please note the different brand names.


Arnold® Bread makes a line of premium bread products that include such varieties as 17 Grains & Seeds, Flax & Sesame Seeds, Nuts & Seeds, Oatnut, Double Fiber and Sourdough, to name a few (not all varieties are carried in all stores).

Here is some additional information about Arnold® Bread products.

All of Arnold® Whole Grains Sliced Breads and Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls contain/are:

  • 2 to 5 grams of fiber per slice or thin
  • Zero grams of Trans Fat
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • A cholesterol free food

The Arnold® bread varieties contain/are:

  • Made with 100% whole grains
  • Good source of fiber
  • 80 calories per serving
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Heart healthy*
  • Zero grams of Trans Fat

Health authorities recommend munching on 25-38 grams of fiber[1] and 48 grams of whole grains per day[2], much of which may come from whole grain products like Arnold® Whole Grains Sliced Breads or Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls varieties.

If you’re not sure of how  many grams of whole grains you are getting, look for the Whole Grain Stamp found on all of Arnold® Whole Grains Sliced Breads and Arnold®  Sandwich Thins® Rolls.

* Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and as low as possible in trans fat, may help reduce the risk of heart disease.


[2] http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grain-stamp 

Arnold® Bread is hosting a contest that readers might be interested in. They want to hear about what healthful ingredients their fans use to make the perfect sandwich with their delicious, made with whole grain bread, so Arnold® Bread is hosting the“2016 America’s Better Sandwich” Contest.


To enter, fans can submit their sandwich recipes to AmericasBetterSandwich.com for a chance to win the grand prize of $25,000!!! Talk about a lot of “dough,” LOL!

Winners in each of the five categories with the highest overall scores will receive $5,000 – so you have more than one chance to win. The five categories are:

“Open-Faced Artistry” (sandwiches are works of art for the world to see, and these snacks and meals should announce their nutritious ingredients—like bright beets or tasty tuna— sans second slice);

“Breakfast in Bread” (these sandwiches, featuring nutrient rich breakfast favorites like eggs and yogurt, invoke images of cozy mornings in bed or boisterous brunches with friends);

“Creative Classics” (nutritious spins on sandwich creations that have stood the test of time, such as grandma’s club sandwich, BLT or other old-time favorites);

“Fueling Good” (these sandwiches should incorporate ingredients that help boost your energy such as healthful fats, protein, fiber and iron)

“State Favorites” (whether it’s a well-known sandwich in the state you reside, or a must-have local dish that can transition into a sandwich, celebrate your state pride by re-creating these state favorites with better-for-you ingredients)

In addition, Arnold® Bread  will donate one (1) loaf of bread to Feeding America for each entry and or vote submitted, with a minimum of 75,000 and up to 100,000 loaves donated. That is AWESOME!!! I am thrilled to hear that the brand is giving back to the community as part of this fun contest.

Entries will be accepted up until August 21, 2016. Online consumer voting will take place from September 26, – October 23, 2016. The winners will be announced on National Sandwich Day (November 3, 2016).

I used some Arnold® Bread recently to make an amazing sandwich. My original intent was to use Arnold® Bread sandwich thins, but they ended up being too small for what I wanted to do. I had to swap out the Arnold® Bread Sandwich Thins for Arnold® Bread Country White Bread (it was the only other bread we had on hand – any Arnold® Bread would work with this recipe).

This is NOT my recipe. I have seen something similar to it on the Internet (I honestly don’t know where I saw it). This is my version of the sandwich (the recipe I saw used different cheese, fresh bacon and used the bacon grease to brown the bread in).

I don’t have a name for this recipe, but here are the ingredients and how I put it together.

Sandwich Ingredients


  • Arnold® Bread of your choice (one that has normal sized slices is best)
  • A few slices of Cheddar Cheese, Munster Cheese OR your favorite cheeses
  • Bacon (optional)
  • Pickles (long sliced ones work best)
  • Mayonnaise


  1. Spread the mayonnaise on one side of a slice of bread and lay it in a frying pan.
  2. Add a slice or two of one type of cheese on top of the bread.
  3. Add a slice or two of pickle on top of the cheese.
  4. Next, add another slice or two of a different cheese (if you prefer). Top that with a slice or two of bacon.
  5. Finish it off with another slice or two of cheese (if you want).
  6. Finally, top the sandwich with another slice of bread that has mayonnaise spread on the outside of the slice.
  7. Cook a few minutes on medium heat the flip over for another few minutes. It will be done when the bread is crispy and golden brown and the cheeses have melted.









I know this is not the healthiest sandwich, but it was something I was wanting to try for a long time now. It turned out amazing too!

You could substitute things like turkey bacon (or no bacon), low fat cheeses, low fat mayonnaise, butter instead of mayo, less cheese and so forth. You could also use turkey slices instead of bacon. If you think about it there are a lot of ways you can make this sandwich a bit better for you.

I do eat healthy sandwiches – this was just something I really wanted to try.

A great healthy option is Arnold® Bread (such as whole wheat) with a little peanut butter and slices of Granny Smith apples. Mmm! You should try it. It’s really good!

Overall I am glad that I finally made this sandwich. I plan on making it again but I’ll mix up the ingredients a bit (I’d omit the bacon and maybe use a slice of ham).

This sandwich was so yummy!




What do you think about this sandwich? Is it something you would like to try? What Arnold® Bread would you use to make it with? How would you make it differently?

For more information about Arnold® Bread, visit ArnoldBread.com. There you can learn about all of their products, check out some delicious recipes, nutrition tips, promotions and more. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom right of their home page.

Don’t forget! Enter the AmericasBetterSandwich.com recipe contest for your chance of winning the grand prize of $25,000 or one of the category prizes of $5,000. Remember, entering and voting will also result in donations to Feeding America.


To help you to create your perfect sandwich, Arnold® Bread would like to give a lucky reader the following prize package; 

  • Six coupons, each valid for $5.00 off the purchase of any Arnold®  Whole Grain Sliced Bread of choice
  • Six coupons, each valid for $4.00 off the purchase of any Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls of choice
  • $25 Visa gift card to use towards ingredients for their favorite sandwiches

Thank you Arnold® Bread!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 26, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me about YOUR perfect sandwich. What kind of bread would you use? What would be the fillings in your sandwich? What condiments would you use?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t quality.

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*A gift card, coupons and information were provided by Arnold® Bread. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. Lisa Brown says

    I like basic sandwiches: white bread, mustard, catsup, lettuce, ham and cheese.

  2. I would use whole wheat bread and make a grilled cheese with cheddar cheese and bacon! YUM!

  3. Carole Spring says

    My favorite sandwich is a grilled tomato and Colby Jack cheese on wheat bread.

  4. Jennifer Rote says

    My perfect sandwich is a BLT. Hellmans may, some black pepper, on Brick Oven – Premium White.

  5. My perfect sandwich is BLT with sourdough bread, bacon, lettuce and tomato

  6. Dawn Keenan says

    My perfect sandwich would be chicken salad on the sandwich thins.

  7. Taylor Closet says

    I would make a sandwich filled with smoked turkey, with provolone cheese, pickles. lettuce, olives, red onion, green bell pepper, mayo and on some wheat bread.

  8. I eat brown bread/ wheat sandwiches and since I am vegetarian I like to go with greens mostly. My ingredients will be avocado , spinach, feta cheese, salt,and pepper, onion and tomato. I would grill and eat it with some mustard sauce and ketch up . Yum !

  9. My perfect sandwich would include roasted veggies, hummus and avocado on a a parmesan foccacia roll!

  10. My perfect sandwich is toasted whole grain bread with avocado, bacon, tomato and cheese

  11. Janet W. says

    My perfect sandwich would be made with Arnold Steel Cut Oats and Honey bread. It would include ham, lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, and mustard!

  12. My prefect sandwich is Tuna Melt. I’d use Soft Honey Oat Bread with shredded Mozzarella, tuna, onion, celery, garlic, parsley, olive oil and mustard mayo.

  13. Ellie Wright says

    I love egg salad sandwiches on white bread. Not the healthiest, but always my favorite.

  14. Linda Kish says

    I like wheat bread, honey ham and Swiss cheese with just a little bit of mayo.

  15. My favorite sandwich is oatmeal bread lightly spread with butter and filled with leftover roast chicken, sprinkled with a bit of salt. Sublime.

  16. shelly peterson says

    I like the Healthfull Steel Cut Oats & Honey bread. My favorite sandwich is made with turkey, bacon and avocado.

  17. Thomas Murphy says

    I like ham and cheese on white bread with mustard.

  18. I’d have a turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado club on toasted Steel Cut Oats and Honey bread.

  19. I like roast beef on honey oat wheat bread. I add lettuce, tomato, mayo and blck pepper.

  20. Jessica To says

    I would have a turkey and bacon sandwich on white bread with no condiments.

  21. Faye Gates says

    I love a tomato sandwich with mayonnaise on white bread.

  22. janetfaye says

    My perfect sandwich is made with Sourdough bread, honey ham, muenster cheese, sliced tomato, avocado and mayo.

  23. Sheila K. says

    The sandwich I would make on my Arnold bread includes horseradish mustard, honey-maple turkey, asiago cheese, lettuce and tomato!

  24. I love a BLT it is the best sandwich ever mayo little butter with it great

  25. Dana Rodriguez says

    That looks delicious. We buy their bread every week for lunches! My favorite sandwich is a grilled cheddar cheese sandwich with homegrown tomato on Arnold Sourdough!

  26. I like grilled ham and cheese on wheat.

  27. Susan Smith says

    My perfect sandwich would be made with Arnold Steel Cut Oats and Honey bread. It would include ham, Swiss cheese, lettuce, onions and mustard!

  28. Cindy Merrill says

    My favorite sandwich is sliced beef tongue with horseradish mustard on toasted sour dough bread.

  29. white or wheat bread – turkey, swiss, bacon, lettuce and tomato with mayo

  30. Katie Amanda says

    I like honey oat bread with turkey, american cheese, lettuce, and mayo. Thanks!

  31. Barbara Montag says

    I like multi grain bread for my sandwiches
    And best is a thick BLT with jalapenos.
    thank you

  32. Heather Hayes Panjon says

    I Like Whole Wheat Bread. My Perfect Sandwich Is Whole What Bread With Swiss Cheese, Turkey, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion And Mayo.

  33. I love a spicy egg salad on white with letuce and tomato.

  34. Leigh Anne Borders says

    My favorite sandwich is a BLT made on Publix’s five grain bread with crisp[y bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, pickles, and oil and vinegar.

  35. My perfect sandwich would use whole wheat bread with baked chicken slices, lettuce, tomato and honey mustard.

  36. My perfect sandwich is a turkey sandwich with mayo, bacon and cheddar cheese.

  37. I would love to make a veggie sandwich on whole wheat bread. I would add lettuce, tomato, onion, Dijon mustard and light may.

  38. Cynthia R says

    I love a good sandwich, BLTS, egg salad, chicken salad, grilled cheese, deli meat, you name it I love it. I’d say a BLT with perfect crispy piles of bacon, a nice ripe red tomato, crispy lettuce, some great mayo and toasted white bread.

  39. My favorite sandwich is salami and cheese and mayo on sourdough bread that is toasted.

  40. I like chicken salad sandwiches with celery and dried cranberries on whole wheat.

  41. Daniel M says

    tuna melt, grilled cheese add tuna after taa-daa

  42. I love an Arnold white bread grilled American cheese with a slice of tomato sandwich.

  43. I like a good tuna salad sandwich on sourdough bread.
    Thanks for the contest.

  44. Christina Foley says

    Lately I have been craving BLT’s with tomatoes and lettuce fresh from our garden, but I also love a good Rheuben!

  45. Jordan Dunne says

    My perfect sandwich is an open faced sandwich on a whole grain bread (toasted) with hummus, tabbouleh, feta, sun-dried tomato, roasted peppers and thin-sliced roasted eggplant, cucumbers, and lettuce.

  46. I would make a bacon, lettuce, tomato with mayo on whole wheat bread.

  47. Breanna Pollard says

    I love tuna salad sandwiches!

  48. ciabatta bread with turkey, mayo, and tomatoes

  49. My favorite sandwich is turkey, provolone, and avocado on whole wheat bread. I also like to add some mayo on top.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  50. I love BLTs

  51. My perfect sandwich is just a simple corned beef piled high on rye bread. Maybe a slice of american cheese in there

  52. bill norris says

    Wheat bread, lite mustard, piles of roast beef and just a couple of pickles.

  53. Soha Molina says

    I’d use Sourdough bread, that is my favorite, I think I’d make a grilled cheese!

  54. My perfect sandwich is a BLT with avocado and mayo. Sometimes I like to switch it up and put either ham or grill chicken in it and switch the mayo for ranch dressing. We like Arnold’s whole wheat bread.

  55. Andrea Williams says

    I like some Honey Wheat bread with real mayo, tuna fish, tomato, lettuce and avocado.

  56. My perfect sandwich is grilled cheese. I would use white bread or sour dough!

  57. Debbie F says

    My perfect sandwich is a grilled cheese with provolone, swiss, cheddar, colby jack, (basically all the cheese you can stuff in it) in between two thick slices of french bread and lots of butter. 🙂

  58. One of my perfect sandwiches is a honey peanut butter & jam on french bread and another is a smashed chickpea sandwich using a honey wheat bread.

  59. Nicole Sender says

    My favorite sandwich is heirloom tomato, bacon & lettuce with mayo on 5 seed bread!

  60. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says

    I like a turkey sandwich on wheat bread with American cheese, avocado, tomato, and lettuce.

  61. My perfect sandwich would be the Arnold Country White (toasted) with bacon, lettuce, tomato and extra mayo!
    Thank you!

  62. Susan Christy says

    I love turkey, cream cheese, tomato and avocado on Nuts & Seeds Bread.

  63. I like honey wheat bread with turkey, mayo, bacon, tomato and avocado.

  64. The perfect sandwich is grilled cheese. I would use white bread and gouda.

  65. Stephanie Grant says

    Toasted wheat bread, double bacon, lettus, tomato, mayo, salt, pepper and sesame seeds!

  66. My perfect sandwich is bacon, roast beef, roast turkey, romain lettuce, sharp cheddar, and tomato slices with butter on a whole grain artisan roll.

  67. My perfect sandwich would be a grilled cheese sandwich with kale, guacamole, Canadian bacon, American cheese all on honey wheat bread.

  68. Trisha Burgess says

    My perfect is country white bread with ham and Swiss and mayo grilled!

  69. chickie brewer says

    My perfect sandwich would be a Blt with toasted sour dough bread.

  70. James Robert says

    Ham/cheese/mayo/lettuce and tomato is my favorite

  71. Mary Cloud says

    I’d make a hot ham and cheese sandwich on white bread with lots of mayo

  72. Holly Thomas says

    Roast beef, swiss, red onion and mayo on a onion roll.

  73. laurie murley says

    my perfect sandwich would be on whole wheat bread with a little mayo and the main ingredient is bacon and tomato.

  74. Sara Floyd says

    I love tempeh avocado and tomato on wheat bread

  75. Seyma Shabbir says

    I would make a chicken salad sandwich with Steel Cut Oats & Honey bread with onions, celery, chicken, mayo and walnuts!

  76. I’d make a sandwich using white bread, ham, salami, lettuce and some mustard. Yum!

  77. I’d use whole wheat bread with American cheese and bacon… that’s really all I need to be happy!

  78. Sadie B. says

    I love a good ham and swiss on rye bread. Simple and delicious.

  79. I would use pastrami and swiss and mustard on wheat bread.

  80. Terra Heck says

    My perfect sandwich would be bacon, Colby Jack cheese, mayonnaise, Black Forest ham, and lettuce on sourdough bread. Thanks.

  81. Angela Saver says

    My perfect sandwich is turkey, bacon & pepper jack cheese, with lettuce, tomato, red onion & Sriracha mayo on Honey Oat Bran Bread!

  82. Bridgett Wilbur says

    I would use whole grain bread with Tuna fish, mayo, green olives, and cheese.

  83. My perfect sandwich would start with Arnold’s Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins and would include some organic mayo, lettuce, tomato, avocado and slightly crispy bacon.

  84. Jennifer Bay says

    My perfect sandwich is a turkey sandwich on wheat, topping are turkey, spinich and cucumbers with italian dressing. MMM good and healthy too!

  85. Kristin McCall says

    I would use wheat bread. It would include turkey, mayo, tomatoes, pickles, mushrooms, onion, salt, and pepper.

  86. donna porter says

    I love a BLT with lots of mayo. In the summer these are perfect because we can use our fresh garden tomatoes…