Trader Joe’s Artisan Bagels

Trader Joe’s Artisan Bagels: These were a fairly recent addition I noticed in TJ’s BREADS area. They looked promising and so I had to try them.

Now of course Trader Joe’s sells many other kinds of bagels. I’ve bought the “The Bagel Spinoza (with that weird picture with ’it bagels the mind’ as the motto)” a few times but frankly found  them to be seriously in the just OK department. As usual in a commercially made bagel, The Bagel Spinoza have the real chewy texture and bite like a true “New York Bagel”. Why? Well a real and true bagel is made by a rather unorthodox baking method of both, boiling and baking. After the bagel is formed which is best by hand, aka a’Hand Rolled’ bagel, the raw dough is first BOILED for a few minutes prior to being put in the oven and baked (sounds crazy right but seriously folks that is exactly how real bagels are made). This classic process is what makes a real bagel chewy on the inside and slightly crusty on the outside, and what makes a really good bagel taste and feel so good to bite into and so damn bagel-y delicious. The dual cooking process gives bagels a unique combination of chewy interior plus baked exterior.

Trader Joe’s Artisanal Bagels look like true real NY bagels, and it boldly states on the rather attractively designed bag, both “Kettle Boiled” and “Hand Shaped”. Not to mention the golden words: “BAKED IN NYC – baked fresh daily”.  Naturally I had to try these babies. Guess what? They are damn fine, tasty bagels. Far better than your average store-bought bagels.

Personally unless using immediately I usually freeze my bagels, cutting them in half  first (carefully of course) so they are easier to handle frozen. I generally tend to toast my bagels in the a.m, and these TJ real bagels make for an excellent toasted bagel. TJ’s Artisanal Bagels come 3 in a bag, and they sell for $1.99, at least in my area, NYC. They come in a few varieties. I liked the “Everything bagel” which has poppy seeds, sesame seeds, garlic,and onion. You should definitely try these if they are available in your area; I’m not sure since they are “Baked in NYC” if they ship all over the country, but if you see them, try them.

FROM THE PACKAGE:  “Made from scratch by experienced craftspeople, our Artisan Bagles are hand-rolled and kettle-boilded using the highest quality ingredients.  Master bagel makers spend hours preparing the dough, hand shaping each bagel, then kettle-boiling in small batches, never taking shortcuts that might shortchange quality.”


Nutritional Info: 1 bagel, 5 oz.= 370 calories


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maurice Lazar
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 11:30:31

    Finally, a commercially produced artisan style bagel fully retarded, boiled and baked but not hand rolled. Rolled by machine to keep the cost down and eliminate contamination from human hands that may not be clean. These bagels are authentic crust, chew and flavor as the best NYC artisan bagels. Every customer who tried them felt that they are a Great Product and the best bagels they have ever eaten. Hope to introduce them to TJ’s for nationwide distribution.


  2. Melissa M.
    Mar 10, 2013 @ 13:33:25

    Fully retarded? Huh?


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  4. Dharam
    Dec 25, 2016 @ 16:13:27

    Why bagel are not slit, so it be easier for consumers to use.


    • promacnyc
      Feb 25, 2017 @ 15:44:05

      And miss the fun of trying not to cut fingers? I slit them and freeze them as soon as I bring them home.


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