How ‘Bree’ became a national sensation after being featured in the Panera Bread commercial
A few years ago, it would have seemed like a long shot to even dream of being a panera customer.
Now, the idea of a panini sandwich in your grocery store is almost universal.
Panera Bread, the largest American sandwich chain, is the nation’s No. 1-selling brand in the U.S., according to the market research firm Nielsen.
It has nearly 20 million restaurants across the country.
But what if you were a panerai-obsessed teenager in the mid-2000s and had a craving for a breakfast sandwich with bacon and egg, or a hot and sour soup with peppers, tomatoes and onions?
Then there was the possibility that you could make one at home.
And so it was that when Bree Olson, a 16-year-old from San Diego, California, came up with the idea for her own breakfast sandwich, she was ecstatic.
Olson, who went on to become one of the nation’t most popular celebrities for her Panera bread commercials, says the sandwich has become a big part of her everyday life.
“My family loves it, and I love it,” she says.
“It’s a great breakfast sandwich.”
As she’s shared the recipe on Instagram and on social media, it’s gotten the attention of national media.
A Panera spokesperson confirmed the chain was the first chain to bring Olson’s idea to life and said the company would be working with her to make it a reality.
“We are thrilled to welcome Bree to our family and to share her recipe with you, as well as other hungry and curious kids and families around the world,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
The recipe is so popular, Olson and her family have had to put up with a barrage of inquiries about whether or not the recipe will actually make it to Panera’s shelves.
But if you’re an Olson fan and have a craving, the recipe is pretty easy.
Just take a bowl of frozen or canned tuna or salmon and top it with a dollop of creamy peanut butter, a slice of white bread and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Then add a slice or two of banana or strawberry to each sandwich.
And don’t forget to sprinkle on some chopped parsley for a delicious kick.
“That’s how I make them,” Olson says.
If you have any questions, you can reach out to the brand directly.