This past Friday, around noon, a package arrived for me from Kraft Foods. Much to my delight it was two boxes, one plain, one cinnamon, of Kraft’s new Bagel-fuls. It was time for a taste test. Along with a handful of lovely female assistants, including Serious Eats blogger (and photographer for this taste test) Erin Zimmer, I got to work heating up the eight Bagel-fuls that had been sent my way.
I provided my readers with a sneak peek at the Bagel-ful packaging in my last post, but wanted to give you all a look at the cinnamon version, which is billed as, “Cinnamon & Brown Sugar bagels filled with cinnamon cream cheese.”
So what about our thoughts on the product?
The flavor of the plain bagel was surprisingly decent. While it doesn’t compare to a fresh bagel, it has the texture of a decent to above-average frozen or off-the-shelf bagel. The biggest flaw seems to be the cream cheese. For starters, there was not as much cream cheese filling as I would like. The cream cheese does, in fact, maintain its cool temperature even after being toasted, but its texture is not as creamy as I would like it to be, it was more mushy/crumbly like some sort of blue cheese/cottage cheese hybrid.
Both Erin and I agreed that the plain was a little better than we expected, but the cinnamon wasn’t anything special.
We decided it would also be important to heat up the Bagel-fuls with various heating methods: regular toaster, toaster oven, microwave and also eat one cold from the refrigerator. As far as heating method goes, my first piece of advice is make sure these get very well cooked. If they are undercooked, they will taste chewy and gross, and won’t have a good crust. Erin and I found that the Bagel-fuls were best when cooked in a regular toaster and pretty good (although not perfectly cooked) in a toaster oven. The microwave version was a little too plastic, and when Bagel-fuls are eaten cold, the taste of preservatives is more noticeable.
Here are a few comments from some of my co-workers who tried the Bagel-fuls:
“Tastes good, not like a normal, fresh bagel…but it doesn’t taste old or gross”
“The cream cheese wasnâ€™t as rich and creamy as fresh phili cream cheese”
“They were actually tastier than I expected (I was expecting a chemically taste and for the filling to be void of flavor)”
“Simple/Quick alternative, less bread/carbs than a regular-sized bagel”
“Cream cheese had somewhat of a cottage cheesy like texture but I enjoyed the cinnamon flavor”
“They look like corn dogs for vegetarians”
“After taste of cinnamon is equivalent to a bad tic tac”