Try the Bagel Bakery’s New Holiday Drink

Blended Minty Mocha

The holidays have officially arrived and to celebrate, the Bagel Bakery has created a new holiday drink for you to enjoy!

The Blended Minty Mocha is a sweet, frozen and delicious treat made with our house-made iced coffee, our mocha blend and a handful of peppermint candies. It is poured into a chocolate-laced cup and topped with whipped cream and a white chocolate peppermint candy.

This drink is perfect for Floridians who want to feel the holiday season but who haven’t been able to pull out the winter coat yet because of the heat.

Stop by the Bagel Bakery on weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekends to try our Blended Minty Mocha for yourself, you won’t be sorry!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving began in the 16th century as a way for the Pilgrims to thank the Indians for all of their help with getting adjusted to life in America, but has evolved to be about so much more.

Today, American families gather on Thanksgiving to spend time together, celebrate all they are thankful for, watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and then football and eat an unhealthy amount of turkey.

This year, the Bagel Bakery has decided to host a contest to see which family embraces the Thanksgiving spirit the most. In order to enter the contest, post a picture of your Thanksgiving on either Facebook or Instagram and tag the Bagel Bakery in it. We will choose the winner on Friday by 5 p.m. The winner will get $30 in Bagel Bakery money to spend on anything in the store!

The judges (Bagel Bakery staff) will look favorably upon smiling faces, cute animals and Bagel Bakery bagels included in the picture!

Happy Thanksgiving, from our Bagel Bakery family to you.

 

Bagelsaurus Rex’s Friend is MISSING

fred the frog

For about one week, Bagelsaurus Rex was even happier than usual with his life as the Bagel Bakery’s mascot because he had a friend. A small, green and playful frog came to keep Bagelsaurus Rex company. His name was Fred; Fred the frog.

It was one week of playing, laughing and eating an unlimited supply of delicious bagels for these two forever friends. They both thought the fun would never end until Monday. Bagelsaurus Rex came back from his shift of quality-checking the bagels only to see that his bug-eyed, hoppy friend was GONE.

Bagelsaurus Rex has not been the same since his pal went missing. We have sent search parties and taken all of the necessary precautions to recover the missing piece of our Bagel Bakery family, but have not had any luck yet!

We are offering a free bagel and endless love from Rex to whoever can make us whole again and bring Fred back to us.

Stop by the Bagel Bakery today for more information on how you can help us find Fred.

The Bagel Gets Some Respect

Apple has upgraded bagel emoji

Finally! The bagel gets some respect!

That’s right. Apple has finally seen fit to upgrade what was clearly an inferior emoji, the new emoji has a doughier consistency and is accompanied by a modest layer of cream cheese. So a wrong has been righted – to a degree.

This new emoji almost looks like a real bagel, and it is a far cry from the previous image that looked like the kind of thing that comes in a plastic bag off the shelf of a grocery store. But it is only a first step.

We who get our fresh, delicious bagels at the Bagel Bakery know this new version is still inferior. It looks nothing like a genuine Bagel Bakery bagel.

For those seeking full respect for the bagel, this is just step one in an ongoing campaign. The bagel has gotten some respect but those of us who are true bagel aficionados, we know it’s not enough.

Welcome to the Bagel Bakery Family

Kimmy Keck and her daughter, Phoenix Bill Hutchinson

Aside from providing customers with quality products, The Bagel Bakery prides itself on the community it has built among its customers throughout the years. Many of our customers are regulars who have made trips to our shop a weekly tradition. Other customers love to come and bring their children for a healthy after school treat. Because this sense of community means so much to all of us, we would like to take the time to highlight just a few of our customers.

  1. Bill Hutchinson has been a loyal customer for approximately 10 years. “I love the sense of community at the Bagel Bakery and how friendly the relationships between the staff and the customers are,” he said.
  1. Kimmy Keck and her daughter, Phoenix, love coming to the Bagel Bakery together for the coffee, the food and the friendly environment.

We at the Bagel Bakery love each one of our customers – those who have been with us for decades and those who are new. We look forward to seeing everyone’s smiling faces every day!

Stop by the Bagel Bakery today and join our bagel-eating, coffee-drinking, fun-loving family!

Meet our Mascot!

Meet our new mascot, Bagelsaurus Rex!

He’s mighty, ferocious and loves a good bagel. He’s green, with tiny arms that can barely fit around a peanut. He is our mascot, Bagelsaurus Rex and he is excited to meet each and every one of our Bagel Bakery friends.

Bagelsaurus Rex wandered into the Bagel Bakery a few weeks ago in search of the best bagel in town and since he found us, he has not wanted to leave! He is a great help with sales and business. He has the grand task of holding up our special of the day. He asked us if he could one day be promoted to cashier, and since we believe that everyone deserves at least one chance, we will begin training him for the job soon.

Although this new bond between Bagelsaurus Rex and the Bagel Bakery transpired only a few weeks ago, we firmly believe that this has the potential to be a life-long bond.

Stop by the Bagel Bakery today to say hi to Bagelsaurus Rex, and to try the special of the day as per his recommendation.

About the Bagel Bakery

About the Bagel Bakery

As of now, most of our customers know and love the Bagel Bakery for its delicious food and its friendly atmosphere, but they don’t know that there is actually so much more to love about us.

First and foremost, the Bagel Bakery has been around for almost 19 years! In 2000 we were a part of the Chesapeake Bagel Bakery Franchise, but then our owner, Ken Rembert decided to take us to become the independent Bagel Bakery. From the beginning, we have taken pride in making each one of our menu-items completely from scratch…. EVEN THE COFFEE!

Every bagel that you purchase from the Bagel Bakery is guaranteed to be freshly and skillfully made by one of our staff. In addition to that, each one of our sandwiches, wraps and melts is hand-made to order with only fresh, quality ingredients. But this is not even the best part! Our coffee is also made in-house, thanks to Ken, who travels annually to Guatemala to import coffee beans while helping the farmers and their families there.

We here at the Bagel Bakery have taken pride in serving our customers and providing them with a welcoming, family-like experience for the past 18 years.

After reading this, if you don’t love us even a little more than you did before, then stop by our store, try some of our freshly brewed coffee and make some great friends; we promise you’ll be hooked!

September Menu Item Spotlight

Santa Fe Focaccia

As cliché as it may sound, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. A good and wholesome breakfast can ensure that your body has all of the energy it needs to get you through the day feeling great! There is no better way to start your day than with a Santa Fe Focaccia – this month’s menu item spotlight from the Bagel Bakery.

The Santa Fe Focaccia breakfast sandwich features a hearty combination of scrambled eggs with diced tomatoes, bell peppers and red onions all topped with cheddar cheese and placed in the middle of two perfectly toasted slices of sun-dried tomato focaccia bread.

Not only is this breakfast sandwich delicious, but it is also packed with protein, vitamins and just the right amount of carbs to keep you energized so that you can reach all of your personal goals for the day.

This month’s menu-item spotlight, paired with a cup of coffee costs just under $8 and will make you feel like the best version of yourself, we promise!

So, if you’re tired of going to work or school feeling groggy and unproductive, stop by the Bagel Bakery and try our Santa Fe Focaccia breakfast sandwich!

History of Cream Cheese

History of Cream Cheese

Aside from its creamy deliciousness, as well as the fact that it is a bagel’s best friend, many people do not know much about cream cheese. In fact, cream cheese has a very long history, being first thought of as early as 1583 in England. The concept did not leave the country until 1651, when the French discovered the concept. Even more surprising is the fact that the first recorded recipe of cream cheese did not come until 1754 in England.

U.S. cities such as Philadelphia and New York City did not gain their reputation for producing outstanding examples of cream cheese until the 1820s. At that time, distribution of cream cheese was typically in very small quantities because of the fact that cream cheese was most commonly made on family farms. It was not until 1873 that cream cheese was first mass produced, thanks to William A. Lawrence, a New Yorker. Just four years later, in 1877, he created the first brand of the cheese spread, and officially developed that name for it. The brand consisted of a silhouette of a cow, next to the words, “Neufchatel & Cream.”

Today, for it to be considered “cream cheese” according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it has to include at least 33% milk fat, have a moisture content that is greater than 55%, and reach a pH range between 4.4 and 4.9.  This high fat content has not stopped cream cheese from being consumed by billions of people each day, who just cannot resist the creamy texture and deliciously incomparable taste. Cream cheese has exponentially developed over the years, to now include hundreds of different flavors, ranging from chocolate to jalapeño pepper.

Stop by the Bagel Bakery today to try our homemade, and skillfully crafted version of this great invention!

5 Fun Facts About Bagels

Here are five facts about our beloved bagels that you probably didn’t know.

We love to spread cream cheese all over them, we love to share them and we love to enjoy them with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, but there is a lot we don’t know about them. Here are five facts about our beloved bagels that you probably didn’t know.

1. It has to be round to be considered a bagel

The word Bagel comes from the German word “bougel,” meaning “bracelet,” and by way of the Yiddish “beygl” which means “ring.” So, if it is not in the shape of a ring or bracelet, it is NOT a bagel.

2. There IS a such thing as a Buzzed Bagel

Have you ever found yourself in a rush and wishing that you can have an all-in-one breakfast that provides nutrition AND a morning boost? Well, thanks to molecular biologist Robert Bohannon, who invented the Buzzed Bagel, you can have your Bagel and your Coffee too!! The Buzzed Bagel is a bagel that actually contains the equivalent of two cups of coffee!

3. Bagels are the only bread that are boiled before baked

Unlike any other type of bread known to man, bagels are dipped in boiling water for approximately 3-5 minutes before going in the oven to get their golden exterior.

4. Bagels went to space!

Astronaut Gregory Chamitoff brought 18 sesame bagels from a bakery in Montreal, Canada with him on his journey to space in 2008! The chewy and delicious breads made it along the entire journey in the Space Shuttle and inspired great ideas for American astronauts to follow suit!

5. The hole in the middle is NOT just decoration

Although bagels are shaped to match their name, the hole in the middle serves a very important purpose. The hole increases the bagel’s surface area and allows for more crust formation and helps it cook faster. Additionally, bagel sellers used to place them on a wooden rod and sell them in city streets, so the hole was very helpful for that as well.

Now that your knowledge and appreciation of bagels was enhanced, stop by the Bagel Bakery and enjoy one of our homemade bagels!