What Is the End Piece of Bread Called?

What is the end piece of bread called? It may have different names all around the world, but we love it all the same.

We’ve all heard the saying, “the greatest thing since sliced bread.” While it may be a phrase we’ve heard spoken more times than we ever needed to hear, there’s a reason it’s become commonplace. Sliced bread is incredible. Sandwiches, subs, toast—you name it, you can make it. Whether it’s some fresh ciabatta, banana bread or gluten-free pumpkin bread—it’s all delicious. Even just a basic loaf of bread can make a bad day better. That’s a fact!

But we’ve got some questions. You know, like, what is the end piece of bread called? It’s time we settled the debate.

What is the end piece of bread called, anyway?

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Even within the English-speaking world, everyone’s got their own dialect. My Chicago vernacular isn’t the same as a New Orleans vernacular, but that’s what makes us all so interesting.

But back to the main point. The end piece of bread. It keeps all our bread slices neatly together. We’ve seen it, we know it, we’ve probably flipped past it a few (or many) times in our lives. But what’s it called? The proper term is “heel,” according to the Cambridge Dictionary.

Some may call it just “the end piece” or “the butt” when going with true informality. Some Redditors even refer to them as the “crusts,” a double whammy for both the outside of each slice and the end of the loaf itself.

Don’t forget about the rest of these unusual food facts.

What is the end piece of bread called around the world?

Norway and Sweden call it the “skalk.” That one might be my favorite. It’s referred to as the “dupka” in Poland, the “knust” or “knerzel” in Germany and the “kapje” in the Netherlands. Scotland has been known to call theirs “outsiders.” Fitting and to the point! You may find they’re called “la tapa” in Spanish or “patka” in the Czech Republic.

Whatever they’re called, I know we can all agree about how tasty they can be.

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Melany Love
Melany has been writing food news for Taste of Home for four years. Her knowledge of current culinary trends comes from her extensive time spent on FoodTok and scouring Instagram for any unusual food, charcuterie design or coffee shop creation. Apart from freelancing, she has worked at bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Half Price Books and as a barista. She has always wanted a career in writing, and got her start at Taste of Home. When she’s not working, Melany is playing the latest video game, curled up with a book or spending time with her cats.