Behind the Taste of Bruegger’s Bagels (Giveaway)

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The following post is sponsored by Bruegger’s Bagels. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: waytoomanycats@ and emilypainterdavis@

Behind the Taste of Bruegger's Bagels (Giveaway) - Enter to win a $25 gift certificate from Bruegger's.

My people are HUGE bagel lovers. They always have been. They particularly love the bagels fresh from the bakery. Try as I might, I have not been able to perfect them at home.

You can guess how thrilled they were on Sunday when I brought home two dozen — still warm! — bagels from Bruegger’s Bagels. My husband and sons, in particular, kept going back for more — and oohing and aahing about how great they were. Seriously.

Bagels are a precious commodity around here. One of the things that FishPapa really loved about these were that they didn’t taste commercial or processed. They truly taste homemade. Breugger’s are the real deal, New York style bagel.

Bruegger’s launches its new “Behind the Taste” campaign today; it’s a video series that celebrates traditional bakeries and the restaurant’s commitment to the true process of bringing fresh ingredients from the farm, field and ocean to its storefronts. Check it out.

Here’s the first peek behind the scenes:

I’m fascinated by this man who likely got a teenage job at Bruegger’s and has stayed with the company for almost thirty years.

All I can say is that we’re in love with these bagels. FishPapa’s only disappointment about the experience is that the closest location is ten miles away! I have a sneaky suspicion that we’ll be heading south a little more often.

I don’t know about you? But, I’m hungry now. And all the bagels in my house are frozen. And uncut. Sheesh.

Behind the Taste of Bruegger's Bagels (Giveaway) - Enter to win a $25 gift certificate from Bruegger's.

How ’bout a bagel?

This week two Good Cheap Eaters will each win a $25 gift card compliments of Bruegger’s.

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This promotion is open until Sunday, January 11, 2014 at 8 pm PST and is limited to US residents, 18 years or older. One entry per person. Friends and family of Jessica Fisher are ineligible for entry. Please enter only once. The winners will be chosen randomly. This post will be updated with the beginning of the winner’s email address. The prize for this promotion is provided by and shipped by Bruegger’s Bagels and/or its representatives. Jessica Fisher and Good Cheap Eats will not be held responsible for unclaimed or undelivered prizes.

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  1. Brueggers is on our walk home from preschool (along with Chipotle and Trader Joe’s) and we get a bakers dozen almost every Wednesday when they have their deal. Such an easy meal and school lunches. And everyone loves them.

  2. As a homesick New Yorker living in Colorado, I agree that Bruggers are decent bagels. I think the secret is that they actually boil the bagels before they bake them. I’ve actually made bagels a few times using this recipe, It’s a two-day process, but well worth the work for a special treat! The key to authenticity I think is the overnight rise, the barley malt syrup and boiling before you bake them. This recipe is the closest I’ve come to an authentic bagel outside the NY or NJ area. I also used bread flour and added some Bob’s Red Mill vital wheat gluten because I could only find regular bread flour. They still came out amazing and that was at high elevation!

  3. Melissa F says:

    Our Bruegger’s is about the same distance from us as for you – not a just run out and pick some up!
    We get them at the office sometimes for a birthday treat and I savor every bite and snag one if there are any leftover!

    Jessica – what are your results after freezing them? I am assuming it takes away some of the chewy texture?

  4. Emily Davis says:

    Oh Man we love bagels.
    And I agree with the other poster. Moving to TX from the North East (NY/NJ/MD) I miss REAL New York Bagels. Sigh
    There are NO good places here.

    I’m thankful for the link above. I’m going to try it.

    Bruggers is opening a store in Dallas Soon. WOOHOO


  5. I LOVE Bruegger’s Bagels. We don’t have one. Sigh. We used to and it was in a terrible location and closed several years ago. Unfortunately the closest ones now are 2 hours away, though when we’re actually in one of those two cities, I’m THERE!

  6. Bruegger’s Bagels sound delicious. Thanks for sharing their recent advertising spots. Found it very interesting that they age their bagels for days. Also liked that the young employee found his niche with an excellent product and fine people. Staying with the same company for 28+ years speaks well for Bruegger’s.
    Thanks for featuring the giveaway.

  7. Ooooh, so jealous you have one 10 minutes from you! We have one in the next town over, though, and they show up frequently at my husband’s office. But when I’m done with this dairy-free stage of my life (joys of nursing), Bruegger’s is high my list of eateries to visit first! I just don’t know if I’d want a bagel without cream cheese or butter 🙂

  8. So I am guessing on the West Coast good New York style bagels are not an easy thing to come by? I grew up in NJ where there was a bagel shop on every corner. I live in NC now and even though there are not near as many bagel places as up north w still have some good ones. I like Brueggers but think Einstein Bagels are even better.

  9. Rebecca Pierson says:

    YUM! Thank you for the opportunity to in 🙂

  10. I do enjoy Brueggar’s. I rarely get the fresh ones, though. I usually get the day old ones on clearance. They are still super tasty and a whopping lot cheaper.

    BTW, does your Costco carry bagels in the bakery? Ours has Einstein bagels that are co-branded with Kirkland Signature. Those are also quite yummy.

    • Yes, we buy those Costco ones every once in awhile. But, I don’t think they’re “quite” the same as these were. The way my people were going on and on about these makes me think that fresh baked makes a big difference.

      I didn’t know that Bruegger’s had day-old ones. I’ll have to look next time. They may still be better than Costco’s.

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