Panera Bread Is Giving Out Free Sandwiches In the Coldest U.S. Cities—Here’s How to Get Yours

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We might just have a reason to look forward to freezing temperatures thanks to the new Panera Toasted Baguette

Panera Bread offers some of the most delicious breads and baked goods anywhere in the United States, but the item the brand is most well-known for is its signature baguette. Great news for bread fanatics: Panera is launching a few new toasted baguette sandwiches this month, taking the baguette we all know and love to the next level.

But that’s not all the good news. To kick off the latest additions to the Panera menu, customers in select cities (New York City, Boston, Denver, Washington, DC and Chicago) will be able to snag a new sandwich for free between Jan. 17 and Jan. 22.

What Are Panera’s New Toasted Baguettes?

Panera’s new Toasted Baguettes feature fresh ingredients and Panera’s fan-favorite signature baguette, toasted to perfection. Available in three delicious variations, it may be difficult to choose which to try first.

  • Green Goddess Caprese Melt features fresh mozzarella, grated Parmesan, basil, arugula, peppadew peppers, green goddess dressing, garlic aioli, salt and pepper.
  • Pepperoni Mozzarella Melt delivers the bold flavor of pepperoni with fresh mozzarella, a fontina and mozzarella blend and market sauce.
  • Smoky Buffalo Chicken Melt contains smoked chicken, American cheese, fresh red onions and Buffalo sauce.

Order your favorite Toasted Baguette on repeat, or rotate through the three mouthwatering recipes to change it up. Each baguette is perfectly crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside, which is why it’s been the ideal base for sandwiches as well as the go-to side for salads and soups since Panera’s inception.

How Can I Get a Panera Toasted Baguette for Free?

To get your free sandwich, keep your eyes peeled for a coupon code on local digital billboards, like the Times Square marquee in New York City. Chicago locals have an extra special treat to look forward to, as Panera will be dropping the promo code in the actual snow.

If you’re not already following Panera on your favorite social media platforms, be sure to do that right away so you don’t miss a minute of Panera’s Toasted Baguette sandwich deals.

Try These Panera Bread Copycat Recipes

Inspired by: Mac and Cheese

My mac and cheese is simple and has lots of flavor from the cheeses and ground chipotle chile. I use conchiglie pasta because its shape allows more melted cheese to pool inside. Yum! —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia
Get Our Recipe: White Cheddar Mac & Cheese

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Inspired by: Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

My family is always happy to see this fruit and veggie salad on the table. If strawberries aren’t available, substitute mandarin oranges and dried cranberries. —Irene Keller, Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Inspired by: Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This creamy, cheesy broccoli soup tastes just like the one served at Panera Bread! My family requests it all the time. You can even make your own homemade bread bowls with the recipe on my blog, Yammie’s Noshery. —Rachel Preus, Marshall, Michigan

Read more on how to make a copycat Panera bread bowl.

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Inspired by: Bear Claw

This bear claw pastry recipe is absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious! It’s impossible to resist the delicate dough, rich almond filling and pretty fanned tops sprinkled with sugar and almonds. I made yummy treats like this when I worked in a bakery years ago. —Aneta Kish, La Crosse, Wisconsin

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By the way, this is how to make Panera’s Greek lemon chicken soup.

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Inspired by: Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

I love the excellent texture of this easy coffee cake recipe. Always a crowd-pleaser, its pleasing vanilla flavor enriched by sour cream may remind you of breakfast at Grandma’s! Make it the night before a holiday to save time in the morning. —Eleanor Harris, Cape Coral, Florida

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Discover a cheesy alternative to the usual sweet bread brunch offerings. There’s no need to stop by a bakery when you can make this asiago bagel recipe at home. —Tami Kuehl, Loup City, Nebraska

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Inspired by: Green Goddess Cobb with Chicken Salad

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Inspired by: Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup

My first Wisconsin winter was so cold, all I wanted to eat was homemade chicken noodle soup. Of all the chicken noodle soup recipes out there, this type of soup is my favorite and is in heavy rotation from November to April. It has many incredibly devoted fans.—Gina Nistico, Denver, Colorado

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Inspired by: Double Fudge Brownies

A neighbor brought over a pan of these rich fudge brownies along with the recipe when I came home from the hospital with our baby daughter. I asked her how to make brownie frosting like that, and I’ve made them ever since for family occasions, potlucks and parties at work. —Sue Soderlund, Elgin, Illinois

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This go-to weeknight recipe is one I tweaked over and over till it was just right. It has morphed from a labor-intensive wintry bowl to a steamy, comforting, slow-cooked favorite for our family. —Courtney Riggin, Hatchechubbee, Alabama

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I like to serve this tasty dish for brunch along with fresh fruit when I’m having guests. Not only is it easy, but everyone enjoys it. Make it the night before, then the next day all you need to do is bake it. —Airy Murray, Williamsport, Maryland

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