National Bagel Day 2021
National Bagel Day is January 15, 2021. Bagels have a history that is richer than your favorite cream cheese spread! These rounds of dough can be found just about anywhere: breakfast joints, coffee shops, or for the best bagels around stop at Price Chopper/Market 32 Fresh Bagel Shops on the 15th.
Price Chopper started making real bagels in 1991. And now 29 years later all 130 stores make fresh baked delicious bagels daily.
There is nothing as satisfying and delicious as a hot bagel just out of the oven and at Price Chopper we have them coming out all day long. Bagels are full of the “good” complex carbohydrates which fill you up without adding a lot of calories and they are also fat free. With the abundance of flavors we have there is no reason why anyone would walk away without a bag full and a smile on their face.
Bagels have a long and highly documented history that travels from the Jewish families of Poland in the 1600s to wrapped up in parchment paper in your hands today. And, unlike many things created nearly five-hundred years ago, bagels are remarkably unchanged. Sure, cream cheeses and butters and flavors and toppings may have evolved over time but bagel is a beigel is a beygal.
Bagels made the jump to America with a massive Polish-Jewish immigration in the 1800s that firmly entrenched itself in New York City where it thrived. In fact, an entire union was created in the early 1900s called Bagel Bakers Local 338 to support the growing, immigrant-led industry. That also begat the “bagel brunch,” that we still enjoy to this day with little to no changes: lox, cream cheese, capers, tomatoes, and red onions.
While bagels were hugely popular in New York City almost immediately, they didn’t make their way to the national scale until the mid 20th-century where automation and bread slicing (the coolest thing!) made mass manufacturing much more efficient. Since then, bagels have taken off to include a variety of flours, toppings, dips and smears but still remain – by and large – exactly as they were in the 1600s.
Check out the bigger & better bagels in our Bakery Department!