12. Sprouted Grain Bagel Flat
Unfortunately for this bagel, it fell a little… flat (I’m not sorry). The exterior was tougher than normal, and the interior of the bagel was crumbly and dry, making it hard to spread cream cheese without feeling like a cake decorator beginning a crumb coating. The flavor wasn’t bad, with a touch of sweetness and added texture from the oats on top. But between this and all the other bagels, I’d rather have something that has the look of a bagel (the hole is missing) and the soft, chewy texture of a bagel.
The plain bagel arrived with random bubbles and blisters speckled on its skin, not looking particularly like the smooth, shiny, appetizing bagel that typical plain bagels are. That being said, the flavor was delicious -- as good as any plain bagel I’ve ever had. Despite not looking the best, the little bumps and bubbles actually added a unique, crunchy texture on the exterior that was welcomed. I learned an important lesson: do not judge a book, or bagel, by its cover. That being said, at the end of the day, it’s still a plain bagel, which is just plain boring.
10. French Toast
Being a lover of french toast, I expected this bagel to blow me away. Unfortunately, I wasn’t incredibly impressed. Perhaps it is because I have a huge sweet tooth, and this bagel wasn’t particularly sweet. Instead, it tasted like a plain bagel with some surprising -- but sparse -- pockets of cinnamon chips. The maple flavor was easy to detect with my nose, but not quite as strong on my tastebuds. If you like sweet breakfast bagels, but don’t want something overwhelmingly sweet, then this bagel might be perfect for you. If you’re expecting all-out eggy and syrupy goodness then you may be disappointed.