Product Review: Sweet Note Gluten Free Garlic Bagels

Sweet Note Gluten Free Garlic Bagels
Sweet Note Gluten Free Garlic Bagels

Product: Sweet Note Gluten Free Garlic Bagels – $7.25


I come by it honestly.  As I’ve stated before, I was raised in New York.  New York is the birthplace of the bagel, I’m pretty certain.  New York is the land of these carby rounds of delicious bread-y goodness.  I have loved them for as long as I can remember being alive.  And that’s a damn long time.

One of the hardest things for me when I was diagnosed with Celiac was to say goodbye to my bagels.  Sure, there were plenty of gluten-free versions out there…but nothing like a classic New York bagel.  Some were small like a doughnut.  Some were light and fluffy.  Some were just…wrong.  All wrong.  Some were close or came close…close enough at least in flavor.  But what I truly missed was that dense, small round that was schmeared with some variety of cream cheese and devoured while on-the-go or at the table or wherever.

That is…until Sweet Note Bakery found me.

Yes…they found me.  Through Twitter.  And they told me I needed to try their bagels.  I shrugged it off the first time, but they came back…and so…I decided to blindly place an order.

It was the best decision of my life.

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.

And today…until they release a new flavor or put that Gluten Free Rainbow Bagel up in their online store…I devoured the last of their four (4) new flavors they released earlier last month.  Hey…new bagels means I get out my credit card and buy, buy, buy.  With all that being said, I sense that it’s time to place a new order.  I don’t like my freezer to be empty of these.  It’s nice to have some on hand.  So, the four flavors that they released were Tomato Basil, Garlic & Herbs, Salt and Garlic.

Today…was all about Garlic!

I grew up in a family of garlic lovers.  Perhaps that’s why we always seem to carry mints with us.  Like…all of us.  HAHA!  Anyway, if my mom was making garlic bread…it was butter and garlic for days.  Just heaped on there.  And we loved it that way.  There is no such thing as too much garlic.  So…garlic bagels…right up my alley.

I was both excited and sad to return from spin class this morning and pull the last package of bagels out of my freezer.  Sweet Note…be forewarned…an order is coming your way.  *cough*  Anyway…


ALL THE GARLIC!!  These bagels have a nice coating of garlic right on top of it, so be cautious of the bagels beneath the one you are removing…and be sure to leave some garlic on them.  Mine pulled apart just fine, without stealing any of the garlic-y goodness. I used my current method for perfect defrosting in the microwave…30 seconds on one side, then flip it over for another 30 seconds.  Let it sit for a moment and then slice in half.  If you’re not into toasting (like a true New Yorker), then go ahead and schmear this bagel up with whatever goodness you like.  If you are a true New Yorker (or not) but love a toasted bagel (like me!)…toast it up.  If you have a toaster…go to town.  If you, like me, don’t own a toaster, simply put these beauties on a baking sheet and into an oven heated to 350°F for about 15-20 minutes.  Since my roomie was awake at this point, I went to shower while our breakfast was toasting up.  By the time I was dressed and out of the bathroom…it was time to pull them out.

The apartment smelled SO GOOD!!  I was practically drooling as I pulled the pan out of the oven and then schmeared some vegan cream cheese over the tops of each half.  I served one bagel to my (gluten-eating) roommate and I took the other one.  And grabbed coffee…because…I need to be human.  HA!

Sweet Note Gluten Free Garlic Bagels with a schmear of Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese and Coffee!!
Sweet Note Gluten Free Garlic Bagels with a schmear of Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese and Coffee!!

My roomie was already digging in, so I asked what she thought.  She muttered something incoherent as she took another bite.  So, I took that as a good thing.  This was the flavor she had been waiting for…and somehow managed to save for last.  I think she was beyond happy with it.  And with that…I took a bite.

Oh…yes.  Even with the nice coating of garlic on the top of the bagel, this does not overwhelm or overpower.  It is a nice balance, especially with the dense bread of the bagel.  This would totally make a great base for a bagel pizza…but it’s all about breakfast for me this time.  And this…was heaven.  I’m contemplating a bagel sammie with the other ones in the freezer…a nice fried egg on the inside…mmmm…

When I’m daydreaming about the next time I eat a product, you know it’s a winner.  I loved the crispy crust and soft insides of this bagel.  The bread is chewy and perfect, right at that perfect bagel consistancy.  This isn’t your average gluten-free bagel.  This feels and tastes just like a “normal” bagel…a “regular” bagel.  You know…the kind you buy from a corner bagel shop in NYC.  There are plenty to choose from.  No other bagels on the market live up to that…and I don’t think any others will.  Sweet Note Bakery has the magic touch…and the perfect recipe for the ultimate Garlic Bagel. I might have devoured this faster than I intended today.

Record time.  The coffee had to wait.

One of the things that sets Sweet Note Gluten Free Bagels apart from others on them market is 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.  Bagel perfection.

In this case…Garlic Bagel perfection.  HA!

Let’s talk about what goes into Sweet Note Gluten Free Garlic Bagels, shall we?  These bagels are made with love (yep…real ingredient!), white rice flour, tapioca flour, sweet white rice flour, sorghum flour, brown sugar, cane syrup, olive oil, molasses, yeast, xanthan gum, psyllium husk, garlic, and salt.  As always when it comes to Sweet Note’s bagels, these bagels are gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, egg-free, peanut & tree nut-free, and cholesterol free.  Made with love, indeed!!

As far as the nutritional information goes, these bagels really do stack up to the competition.  In fact, with real ingredients, it makes every bit of these even better for you.  A serving size is 4.5 ounces (128 grams), or one bagel!!  Yep…one full bagel.  YAY!  This one bagel will serve up 280 calories, 3.5 grams fat, 0.5 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 330 mg sodium, 62 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 7 grams sugars, and 4 grams of protein.  This bagel kept me full all morning, thanks to that high protein and fiber count.  YES!  Loving it.

If you have been hunting for the perfect gluten-free bagel…or just bagel…you need to turn your attention to Sweet Note Bakery.  Their bagels (every single flavor…and I have tried them all) has been amazing.  They all are packed with flavor, taste amazing, and give you a true texture and mouthfeel of an authentic bagel.  Life is so good…thanks to Sweet Note.  Don’t just read my blog though…try it for yourself.  If your local natural food stores don’t carry Sweet Note Gluten Free Bagels…hop over to their Web site and order from the shop.  Keep in mind that the Garlic Bagels, as well as the Garlic and Herb, and the Salt are online exclusive…so get them while you can.

And love breakfast again!

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