Product Review: Sweet Note Gluten Free Salt Bagels

Sweet Note Gluten Free Salt Bagels

Product: Sweet Note Gluten Free Salt Bagels – $7.25

It was just over a year ago when I was in NYC, not able to run the New York City Half Marathon, and hurting pretty much with every step I took.  I was bummed, but I was going to enjoy my trip regardless.  And that meant hitting up all the gluten-free bakeries I could manage in the weekend.

Believe it or not, one of the first places I made it to was Jennifer’s Way Bakery, which is owned and operated by Jennifer Esposito.  She makes bagels there.  And the morning that my roommate and I wandered in, we were hoping there would be bagels.  None were currently out, but they had just opened.  And when we inquired…we were told they were in the oven and if we didn’t mind waiting 10 minutes, she’d have them out to us (not Esposito, but the nice lady working the counter, LOL!).

Of course I was willing to wait for a fresh bagel.  They had a few options as far as flavors went.  My roommate got the Garlic Bagel and I went with the Salt.  Because I wasn’t feeling plain or anything else that day.  We waited and they were brought out to us.  Not your standard fat and fluffy, dense bagels…but more like the way mine turn out when I make them from hand.  A little flat and really impossible to cut in half.  Regardless…the Gluten Free Salt Bagel was amazing and delicious.  And I don’t think I blogged on it…because I can’t seem to find it anywhere…

Anyway…it was my first ever Salt Bagel…and I loved it.  I’m usually more of a sweet person (hence why Cinnamon Raisin is often my favorite thing when it comes to bagels) but this was a nice change of pace.

SO…you can only imagine my glee when Sweet Note Bakery announced that they were releasing four (4) new flavors.  I ordered all of them right away.  And I’ve already given my thoughts on the Garlic & Herb and the Tomato Basil varieties.  Well, my friends…we have come to the Salt variety now!

Do you remember what an amazing soft pretzel tastes like.  All dense and chewy and salty and amazing, yes?  Well…that’s pretty much what a Salt Bagel is.  And Sweet Note is doing it absolutely perfectly.

Sweet Note Gluten Free Salt Bagel with a Schmear of Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese (and coffee).

Prepping one of Sweet Note Bakery’s amazing New York-style bagels is super easy.  Always keep this precious cargo frozen.  Do not thaw it to room temperature.  They advise against it.  I advise against it.  Just simply pull from freezer, place in microwave for 1 minute (I go 3o seconds on one side, and then flip it over for 30 seconds on the other side), and then cut in half.  A true New Yorker would stop there…because real New Yorkers don’t eat bagels toasted.  I am a real New Yorker, but I prefer to toast my bagel, thank you very much!  As you know by now, I do not own a toaster anymore.  I toast everything in my oven.  So I preheated the oven to 350°F and popped the bagels in this morning.  I had just gotten in from my first (of 2) spin classes for the day, so I went and hopped in the shower while the bagels lightly toasted.  When I returned to the kitchen, they were ready for a schmear of…something.  Today, I opted for the Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese that was hanging out on the shelf of my fridge.

I served one to my roomie…and I took care of the other one.  And by take care, I mean I settled in, bagel in one hand, coffee in the other, morning news on TV, and began to take my first bite.

YES!  Nailed it!!  The outside of the bagel, when toasted, gets slightly crispy, but that center remains all doughy and dense and chewy and…awesome.  But with the Sweet Note Gluten Free Salt Bagel…you also get the added bonus of a hit of salt.  Or, as their Web site says, an “a-salt on your taste buds.”  Puns are funny.  Bagels are delicious.  There you have it.  If you love a little kick of salt with each bite, or if you are a fan of soft pretzels…then this bagel variety is for you.  100% guarantee that you will be hooked from the first bite.  My roommate wasn’t too sure about these, wanting to go right to the Garlic (which she has been eager to try)…but I had my heart set on Salt.  And I’m glad we went that way.  It’s the best of the breakfast and snack worlds…combined into one sweet, or in this case, salty bite.  A good schmear of anything, really…be it nut butter or chocolate, or butter, or jelly, or frosting…or even cream cheese (vegan or not)…works with this sort of a flavor.  You want salty and sweet…Nutella or Smudge or some chocolate nut spread.  Oh yeah…now we’re talking.  Or, keep it real and simple with cream cheese.  With the Sweet Note Gluten Free Salt Bagel…you have an open canvas and plenty of options.

But trust me…you’ll hoover this down like it’s going out of style.

So, let’s talk about what ingredients the crazy bagelers at Sweet Note put into their Gluten Free Salt Bagels, shall we?  These bagels are made with love (yep…that’s a listed ingredient!), water, white rice flour, tapioca flour, sweet white rice flour, sorghum flour, brown sugar, cane syrup, olive oil, molasses, xanthan gum, psyllium husk, yeast, and salt.  The Sweet Note Gluten Free Salt Pretzels are gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, egg-free, peanut & tree nut-free, and cholesterol free.  LOVE IT!!  Vegan & Gluten Free bagels are now ready to be delivered right to your doorstep!  And when it comes to the Salt variety of the Sweet Note bagels…you can only get them online.

As far as nutritional information goes, you’ll want to eat these up.  A serving size of the Sweet Note Gluten Free Salt Bagels is one (1) bagel (4.5 ounces (128 grams)), and there are four (4) bagels per pack.  This serving will provide you with 300 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 0.5 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 530 mg sodium, 62 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 7 grams sugars, and 4 grams protein.  With the high fiber and protein, you’ll feel full and satisfied long after your bagel is gone.

Real ingredients, amazing nutritional facts, amazing bagels.  Happiness is round and salty and gluten-free.  Trust me, you’ll love to love Sweet Note Gluten Free Salt Bagels.

But, as I mentioned, these are on online exclusive, so if you want to try them out yourself, head over to their online store and place an order!

You won’t regret it.  Order one of everything while you’re at it.  You’ll thank me later!

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