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(After the story "Hansel and Gretel" by the Brothers Grimm).

1. <World-Wide Web> Links displayed across the top of a web page listing the most recently visited pages so the reader can quickly jump back to one. Since this function is provided by the web browser, breadcrumbs are a waste of space.

A better use of the space is to display links to the page's logical parent pages in the information hierarchy.

2. <programming> Information output by statements inserted into a program for debugging by printf.


A description of the trail you took to arrive at your current location. Text breadcrumbs are common on websites to help users navigate the site. For example, breadcrumbs such as Products->TVs->Plasma indicate that the Plasma TV Products page you are looking at was retrieved by first clicking Products, then TVs and then Plasma.

From Hansel and Gretel
The term comes from the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. When their father took them into the woods to abandon them, the children dropped crumbs of bread along the way to leave a trail back home.

Windows Breadcrumbs
Starting with Windows Vista, the Explorer file manager displays each element in the path to a file as a clickable breadcrumb. In the example above, any of the elements between the arrows can be clicked to jump to that level.
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Sprinkle the fish cakes both sides with additional breadcrumbs.
Put the chicken breast on a tray while you coat the rest, adding the reserved breadcrumbs after coating 2 breasts.
3 Make sure the cheese is completely covered in breadcrumbs so that it doesn't leak out when you fry it.
Place remaining 1 1/4 cups breadcrumbs in a shallow dish.
Share between 4 plates and sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture on top.
Ian's is excited to be the first in the country to offer new gluten-free Panko Breadcrumbs free from so many common food allergens," says Chuck Marble, general manager for the Framing-ham, Mass.
Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the butter, leave to melt before adding the breadcrumbs and toss in the butter and oil.
The Young's Naturally Delicious Fish range is ideal for all the family and includes: 2 Pink Salmon Fillets in seeded signature breadcrumbs, made from crusty baked loaves.
Still Following the Trail of Breadcrumbs to Journal Your Way Back Home
2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped 1tbsp unsalted butter 350g dry mashed potato (nothing added) 450g hot-smoked salmon, skinned and flaked 1tbsp chopped garden herbs (parsley, chives and chervil) plus extra to garnish 1/2tsp unwaxed lemon zest juice of one lemon Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2tbsp plain flour 2 eggs, beaten 100g breadcrumbs, flavoured with a pinch of fennel seeds Olive oil, for shallow-frying A little plum tomato salad, to serve (optional For the green salad: 2tsp white wine vinegar 1/2tsp English mustard 4tsp olive oil 2tsp chopped mint 100g fresh peas, cooked 75g cos, little gem or iceberg lettuce, finely shredded
Old London Foods also produces breadcrumbs under several brands including the Old London brand and markets specialty snacks under the Devonsheer and JJ Flats brands.