Product Review: Sweet Note Gluten Free Chocolate Swirl Bagels

Sweet Note Gluten Free Chocolate Swirl Bagels
Sweet Note Gluten Free Chocolate Swirl Bagels

 Product: Sweet Note Gluten Free Chocolate Swirl Bagels – $8.50

I’ve been burned by gluten-free products in the past.  You hear about them via the Internet and you either find them at your local store (grocery or natural food) and you take them home and try them out and you find out all the hype was just hype.  It sucks.  You’re out a good meal/snack and money.

So, imagine how it felt for me to pour some money into a company that found me via my Twitter feed, when I was talking about the new Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Bagels (plain and everything).  They reached out to me, and didn’t say they had a better product, just that if I enjoyed those, I’d love theirs.  They did it twice…and with me…this shows persistence and a great belief in the product they have.  I had already made my way over to their page upon the first contact and was intrigued by what I found.  The second time, they had me convinced I just needed to pull the trigger and place an order.

And this is where my love affair with Sweet Note Bakery and their New York style gluten free bagels began…

Sweet Note began in 2012, when founder and president, Michelle MacDonald, stepped up to a challenge.  She had been baking ever since she was a child and was very passionate about it.  When her grandfather and sister were diagnosed with Celiac Disease, she took the first steps on her entrepreneurial journey.  Her family really missed a good New York Style bagel.  (Hey…I can’t blame them…I know this feeling all too well). So with a lot of experimentation and trial and error, MacDonald perfected the recipe, getting huge approval from her family (also bagel lovers).  Gluten-free bagels that taste good?!  It was a reality.  Sweet Note Bakery’s vision is to make gluten-free options more readily accessible.  Those of us who live with Celiac understand how isolating this disease can be, when you can’t have a meal while out with friends and family, be it at a restaurant or a ballpark, or wherever your adventures take you.  MacDonald wanted to change that…one gluten-free bagel at a time.

No buyer’s remorse happened either after I checked out of their online store.  A couple of days later, a box arrived bearing my bagels.  I made room for them in my packed freezer until it was time to crack into them.  So far, they have wowed me with the Plain, Everything, and Cinnamon Raisin varieties.  These are all commonly found as flavored with other gluten-free bagels on the market…

But Sweet Note really knows how to sweeten the deal.  And this chocoholic jumped at the chance to try their latest flavor…

Chocolate Swirl.

Chocolate for breakfast?  Hell yes!  In fact, I am no stranger to incorporating sweet chocolate into my breakfast.  I’ve made chocolate gluten-free hot cereal.  My mom grew up making chocolate chip pancakes for my friends and I.  And sometimes, I throw chocolate chips into my overnight oats or my breakfast parfait.  We all deserve a little something sweet sometimes.

Per instructions on the packaging, in order to get your bagels done right, do NOT ever let them thaw to room temperature.  This goes against how I prepare anything gluten-free from my freezer, but there is a reason for this.  So…do it.  Pop these into your microwave for about 1 minute, until they are soft.  Cool slightly, and then the slice and toast.  If you’re like me and you don’t own a toaster, pop them in an oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.  They come out perfect.

Let me tell you, this bagel has everything working for it.  Everything.  It satisfies your sweet tooth without taking it too far.  I mean, who doesn’t love chocolate for breakfast?  The best part is…the Sweet Note Gluten Free Chocolate Swirl Bagels keep the chocolate subtle so that it doesn’t become more of a doughnut or cake, than a bagel.  It is smoothly swirled into the bagel, creating this gorgeous pattern when you slice into the breakfast treat itself.  And, let me tell you, nothing makes your morning better than the aroma of chocolate as it toasts in the oven (or toaster if you have one…I don’t!).  My mouth was watering as it was being thawed in the microwave for a minute.  This is more than a bagel.  This is everything you want in a breakfast – savory and sweet – crunchy and chewy.  Amazing.  Just all-around amazing.

Want to know what else is amazing?  The old-school style that these gluten-free bagels are produced in.  They hit that traditional New York Style, not only in size, but in texture too!  And, yes, I am 100% certain these are gluten free!!  You wouldn’t believe it to taste it for yourself, but it’s on the packaging and a big part of the business.  The authentic nature of all of the gluten-free bagels from Sweet Note Bakery is that they take you back to the classic 3-inch size of the traditional bagel.  No mega-bagel here.  You don’t need it.  Instead of a 6-inch monstrosity, you’re chowing down on real, natural ingredients that will leave you feeling full and content.  Trust me.  And, with the way these are constructed, you get an amazing crispy outer crust and that warm, chewy middle that New York bagels are known for.  Sweet Note, you’re doing it all right.

And by adding chocolate to create your very own (and unlike any other gluten-free bagel on the market) Chocolate Swirl Bagel, you’re taking it to the next level.  All of us with a sweet tooth, or who enjoy a little treat in the morning, are dancing a happy dance.  I happened to top off my Sweet Note Gluten Free Chocolate Swirl Bagels with some of my own homemade strawberry jam.  Let me tell you…it was magical.  Yep.  I said magical.  Because if you love chocolate-covered strawberries, imagine how amazing strawberry covered chocolate is.  Yep…it’s amazing.  And these bagels were the perfect vehicle to showcase my own hard work in the kitchen with fresh, local berries.  Ah, the joys of being a foodie.

Now, let’s talk ingredients for a moment, shall we?  The Sweet Note Gluten Free Chocolate Swirl Bagels are made from water, white rice flour, tapioca flour, sweet white rice flour, sorghum flour, sugar, cane syrup, olive oil, molasses, yeast, xanthan gum, psyllium husk, vanilla extract, salt, chocolate chips (evaporated cane juice, natural chocolate liquor (non-alcoholic), and non-dairy cocoa butter).  As always, these bagels are gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, egg-free, and peanut & tree nut free.  The Sweet Note Gluten Free Chocolate Swirl Bagels are a little more expensive because they have to go the extra mile to add allergen-free chocolate to the mix.  It’s worth it.  Vegan, gluten-free goodness in every delicious bite.  Trust me…you don’t want to miss out.  This little bagel company is going places.  BIG places.

As far as nutirtion goes, for bagels, this hits the sweet spot.  A serving is 1 bagel (4.5 ounces or 128 grams).  There are four servings per package.  This one serving will give you 310 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 1.5 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 22 mg cholesterol, 280 mg sodium, 4 grams fiber, 18 grams sugars, and 4 grams of protein.  See why you’ll feel full?  Fiber-rich and packed with protein.  Gotta love it!

Trust me, if you can’t find these in stores in your area, pop over to Sweet Note Bakery’s Web site and place an order.  They need to be in your gluten-free life, stat!!  And then, talk to your local natural food store, or Whole Foods, about stocking these.  They would sell like hotcakes (or bagels) in an instant.  Trust me.  These are not to be missed.  Sweet Note Bakery offers eight (8) different varieties of their NY style bagels: plain, everything, cinnamon raisin, sesame, poppy, chocolate swirl, snickerdoodle, and pumpkin spice.  Their Web site says a Spinach Garlic is in the works.  HELLO!!  Want that.  So, if you are a bagel lover like me…and gluten-free bagels have left you feeling cheated…get the real deal.  And, if you like a little treat in the morning, twist up tradition with the Sweet Note Gluten Free Chocolate Swirl Bagels.  They are not to be missed.

And this, sadly, concludes my stash in the freezer…so I guess it’s time to try out the other four flavors!

Sweet Note Gluten Free Chocolate Swirl Bagels topped off with my own homemade strawberry jam
Sweet Note Gluten Free Chocolate Swirl Bagels topped off with my own homemade strawberry jam

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