Product Review: Sweet Note Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Bagels

Sweet Note Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Bagels
Sweet Note Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Bagels

Product: Sweet Note Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Bagels – $7.25

It’s no secret.  Not anymore.  When it comes to gluten-free bagels, my mind has been blown by the amazing ladies (or the crazy bagel ladies, as they dub themselves), at Sweet Note Bakery, based out of Bensalem, Pa.

Seriously, I had loved Udi’s Gluten Free Bagels…and Canyon Bakehouse’s Gluten Free Bagels…and I had been less excited about other brands…but it was the pioneering spirit of the Sweet Note Bakery ladies that really got me to step outside of the commercially known product line and try something…different.

And after a little prodding on Twitter…I took the leap and ordered their standard bagel offerings (Plain, Sesame, Everything, and Cinnamon Raisin).  I fell in love with the very first bite of the very first kind I tried.  And my appreciation has only since grown.  During the fall and winter, two seasonal flavors are introduced to the line-up…Pumpkin Spice and Snickerdoodle.


But…before I digress on how Sweet Note Bakery took my favorite cookie and turned it into my favorite breakfast (I’m a New Yorker…of course I love bagels!)..let me introduce you to Sweet Note Bakery…that is, if you don’t know anything about them.

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.

This is truly a love story between me and these bagels.  Every single flavor has been outstanding.  No joke.  You know, I’m very blunt about things I eat and if I don’t like them, you know it.  There is nothing NOT to like about the bagels that Sweet Note Bakery puts out there.  Fantastic quality…fantastic flavor.  Never once have they let me down.  And that’s why all other bagels stay in the freezer section now…and Sweet Note is the only one that actually makes the journey home to my own freezer.

So…Snickerdoodle Bagels.

Yes…they really are as epic as they sound.  Yes…they really do taste like a snickerdoodle.  YES…this is coming from a cookie monster who just happens to call the snickerdoodle her favorite cookie.  Ever.  In the history of cookies.  Seriously.

This morning, I returned to my apartment after my 5:30 am spin class (yeah…you read that time right), ready to have something substantial for my post-workout breakfast.  I pulled out a package of the Sweet Note Bakery Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Bagels and tore them open.  I had been waiting a long time to try these.  I pulled out two (1 for my roommate and 1 for me) and gave them the standard 1 minute defrost in the microwave before slicing each one in half and placing them on a baking sheet to toast up in the oven while I took a shower and got cleaned up for work.  Don’t worry, the roomie was awake and in the vicinity of the kitchen, so I wasn’t leaving anything unattended.  That’s a no-no.  I love my home too much to burn it down.  When I emerged…the apartment was smelling like…warm cinnamon and sugar.  I might have said, “Mmmmmmm!” as I strode toward the kitchen to check on the bagels.  Toasted to perfection.  I removed them from the oven, I knew these would not disappoint me.  They smelled like perfection.  If perfection had an aroma…it would be warm cinnamon and sugar.  For sure.

I went to get my vegan cream cheese out of the fridge, but, alas…I had used it up and failed to put it back on the grocery list.  It was also 4 degrees out this morning, so I wasn’t going to just pop on down to the car (wet hair and all) to scoot down the street to my grocery store to pick some up.  Instead…I used peanut butter.  Delicious, amazing, delightfully yummy peanut butter.  Natural.  No added sugars, salts or any of that craziness.  This required a good amount of stirring, but I got the peanut butter right to the creamy consistency that signifies a perfectly stirred peanut butter…and then…slathered a healthy schmear on each bagel half.  I served my roommate hers, went to pour my coffee, then sat down on the couch with the morning news on and a delicious bagel on my plate.

THIS…my friends…is the perfect balance between sweet and savory.  Perfect.  I loved how the cinnamon sugar coating hits your tongue first, and then it melts into that classic, bready, bagel flavor.  The peanut butter really tamped down on the sweetness, and really kicked up that savory level, making a perfect balance between both worlds. I am certain I would have loved this just as much with my usual schmear of vegan cream cheese, but the peanut butter was the perfect match, in my opinion.  The bagel is all kinds of amazing.  I love how the focus of the bagels by Sweet Note is not so much as the “bigger is better” but the quality and taste.  In fact, they take it back to the classic New York-style bagel…smaller, denser, and perfect.  PERFECT.  Every single flavor has been perfect.  When toasted, the outside gets that perfect golden crust and the inside remains chewy.  It’s dense, and flavorful, and just…awesome.  It’s awesome.  There.  And the snickerdoodle flavoring kicks this bagel up to iconic status.  It’s the Freddie Mercury of bagels.  They will rock you.  They are the champions.  You’ll want them all.  Yep.  Freddie Mercury of bagels.

What I love about Sweet Note Bagels is there is nothing artificial in their recipes.  In fact, the Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Bagels are made from LOVE (yes…that is a true ingredient and one that is in every variety of their bagels), water, white rice flour, tapioca flour, sweet white rice flour, sorghum flour, sugar, cane syrup, molasses, yeast, xanthan gum, psyllium husk, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.  All of this…makes one hell of a bagel.  Because…hello…SNICKERDOODLE = BEST THING EVER!

Let’s discuss nutrition now, shall we?  A serving of the Sweet Note Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Bagels is 1 bagel (128 grams) and there are 4 servings per package.  One bagel will provide you with 310 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 300 mg sodium, 65 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 14 grams sugars, and 3 grams of protein.  These bagels are a bit higher in sugar due to their snickerdoodliness.  But that’s okay.  They are filling and amazing and one of the best bagels ever created.  These bagels are gluten-free, soy-free, egg-free, dairy-free, vegan, peanut-free, tree nut-free, kosher and non-GMO.

Snickerdoodle Bagels are real and they are taking on the classic snickerdoodle cookie for sure.  I can’t thank Sweet Note Bakery enough for their innovative thinking and coming up with a merger of the best cookie ever with the best bagel ever.  If you can’t find the Sweet Note Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Bagel in stores…order those puppies on line.  They will rock your world.  But act now…as they are only available for a limited time.

I also encourage you to order from their regular menu as well…get a taste for their amazing New York-style bagels and fall in love like I did.  But first…order the Snickerdoodle.

Sweet Note Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Bagels with a schmear of Peanut Butter
Sweet Note Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Bagels with a schmear of Organic Peanut Butter

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