Former Panera Bread Worker Shares Secret Value Duets Special

A former Panera Bread employee shares money-saving hacks on TikTok after she no longer works for the company. In a viral video, she says the chain is running a special called “Duets,” which is similar to their You Pick Two special. The only difference, according to TikToker, is that Duets are “a lot cheaper.”

Former employee Meredith Clemmer (@mere_lyn) says she worked for Panera for about three months while she was in college. She claims the company doesn’t want customers to know about the Duet deal.

The You Pick Two special allows customers to combine two items: a cup of soup or mac, half a salad, half a sandwich, a chef’s chicken sandwich, a pizza, or a hot bowl. The Duets special allows for a similar combination, but with fewer options, says Clemmer. Officially known as the “Value Duets,” the Special has six options for $6.99 each, according to the Panera website.

In their video, Clemmer claims that Panera needs to put the Duets special on their menu, but they place it where customers are unlikely to notice.

“Basically, they’re a lot less than if you got the exact same thing but didn’t say you wanted a duet,” says Clemmer. “So it’s a good gap if you want to eat cheaply at Panera Bread because Panera Bread isn’t cheap.”

The Duets special appears to be a closely guarded secret, but some commenters said they knew about it too.

“I get that all the time, it’s perfect and I have that [sip] Club,” commented one viewer

“I always make the napa chix salad with the chix wild rice and bring my own mug lol,” wrote another viewer.

Some viewers had several follow-up questions.

“So. Just ask the cashier what duets are available?” asked one viewer. Clemmer replied, “Yes! or if you order online, they’re a bit more accessible.”

Another viewer commented: “It’s not a smaller soup size?? And smaller sandwiches???

In response to that comment, Clemmer wrote, “It’s the same as getting a pick 2.”

The Daily Dot reached out to Clemmer via TikTok comment and Panera Bread via email.


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*Initial publication: November 17, 2022 at 4:25 p.m. CST

Cecilia Lenzen

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