“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Bread/Cakes „
Bagels are no longer just a food for New Yorkers or those of Jewish descent. They have now become a fairly mainstream food in this country with them being sold in supermarkets as well as in pop up speciality bagel stores where the smell coming out of them is delicious!!
For those of you who are not familiar with bagels, I quote an article from the Internet, "a bagel is a bread product traditionally shaped by hand into the form of a ring from yeasted wheat dough, roughly hand sized, which is first boiled for a short time in water and then baked. The result is a dense, chewy, doughy interior with a browned and sometimes crisp exterior.
I absolutely bagels. If I was going to have one for my breakfast my absolute favourite would be a toasted blueberry bagel with cream cheese but for everyday regular bagels these ones from Tesco's are great.
These bagels are just plain but do have quite a golden look to them suggesting to me that they have been made and prepared properly. The bagels come in a pack of 5 and cost just £1.25 which I think is quite a good price for a bakery product. These plain bagels are great as you can really jazz them up for lunch. For example, two of my favourite ways to serve them are either with scrambled egg and tomato sauce or with som smoked salmon and herbs, yummy. The nice thing about these is that they are nice just plain too. I always find the Tesco's bagels to be quite moist and chewy, just like a bagel should be. However, if it's just me eating the bag of 5 as my husband doesn't really like them by the time you get to the end one it's not as chewy as it could be and I find it's better to have this one toasted with some butter and jam as then it will not taste too old or stale.
Bagels are not the most healthiest of bread product and one of these bagels has 225 calories but for a nice lunch time treat now and again they are great.
The ingredients are listed ad: Wheat Flour,Water ,Rye Flour ,Sugar ,Yeast ,Salt ,Vegetable Oil ,Wheat Gluten , Preservative (Calcium Propionate) ,Malted Barley Flour , Flour Treatment Agent (Ascorbic Acid) ,Corn Grits.
==Price and Availability==
I first tried Tesco Value Bagels by mistake really as they were one of the substitutes on my online shopping. Each pack of five bagels costs just 99p which is a really good price, New York bagels are £1.35 a pack which isn't a huge difference but of course a little saving here and there really adds up. These bagels are obviously only available in Tesco, usually in the bigger stores.
==Tesco Value Bagels==
The bagels come in pretty standard bagel packaging, a plastic bag which is secured with a little yellow date sticker. The bag is see through though so you get a good look at the contents and although they look a little smaller than New York Bagels they're the same golden brown colour and all of fairly even size and shape.
Trying these bagels I was a little sceptical as I thought they wouldn't be as good as the more expensive brand I usually eat. I toasted one up for breakfast just with some butter, and I have to say I was shocked at just how good they taste. There's a lot more flavour to these value bagels than there is to even the more expensive brands and the texture is perfect, filling without being too stodgy. They taste delicious with Philadelphia and ham, scrambled eggs and smoked salmon or just on their own. Not only are they tasty but the bagels are low in fat and a great alternative to bread, the nutritional values are as follows per bagel:
Calories: 175 kcal
As you can probably tell, I completely recommend these bagels to anybody, especially those who are currently paying for more expensive bagels. Not only are they cheaper but they taste better, and are packed full of flavour, I won't be missing these off my shopping list in future.
When I was in a previous job at MBNA I used to love the delicious foods that I could get from the coffee bar and this was where I gained a taste for bagels.
I normally purchase the New York Bagels but this time last year I was following Weight Watchers and began to eat their bagels, until one day I was shopping in Tesco and both of the above were out of stock so I decided to give these a try as they offered great value for money.
A pack of 5 bagels for 89p and these really represent excellent value for money.
The bagels are contained within a translucent plastic bag with a red band stating 5 Bagels and the Tesco logo with value underneath. What I like about the packaging is that you can see the item through the bag and with it being a value item it's nice to see that the bagels look of good quality.
The bagels are a golden brown colour and as I have said they come in a pack of 5. They can be frozen and to be honest I do freeze them on the day of purchase and get one out in the morning before going to work and have on my morning break. The bagels need a minimum of 2 hours to defrost and should not be stored in the freezer for longer than 1 month.
The bagels toast in approximately 2-3 minutes depending on your preferred finish on the bagel, I like mine golden brown so tend to put them on a medium setting in our toaster and it toasts them perfectly.
The bagels are not doughy and taste really nice and are much better and tastier than the Weight Watchers bagels, infact I think these are the best bagels out there. I have also had the Tesco standard range bagels which are slightly more expensive but find that they taste pretty similar so you are better going for the cheaper option as it is pretty much the same product.
Each bagel is 75g and they are low in fat and worked them out to be 1.5points when following the weightwatchers diet.
The bagels contain wheat, flour, rye flour, sugar, yeast, salt, wheat, gluten, barley malt flour, emulsifier, flour treatment agent (ascorbic acid)
The food allerfy warning can be seen on the back of the packaging and they state they are suitable for vegetarians.
The product contains no nuts but does warn that it could contain traces of sesame seeds.
As far as I am aware you can only get Tesco Value Bagels in plain there are no additional flavours.
Overall these are high quality tasting bagels and really compete with the big brands out there. I think Tesco have the texture just right and they are very enjoyable for any time of the day and a little more filling than toast.
I really would not be put off by the fact that this item is a value item as they taste anything but a value item so if you like bagels, go on give them a try!
I normally purchase plain New York Bagel Company or regular Tesco Bagels for our weekly bagel lunches. However, one week there were no bagels of either of these varieties left during our weekly shop, and therefore we purchased Tesco Value Bagels instead. I don't tend to buy Value items, but have heard good things about them, so thought we may as well try them out for size.
They cost 89 pence, which isn't dirt cheap but quite reasonable compared to a price for the other brands of bagels at over £1.
Like other bagels, they come in a pack of 5 and in a clear plastic bag which is tie-sealed with a plastic tab. The branding and colour scheme on the packaging is same as other Tesco value items, so is quite standard but not totally unpleasant or unattractive.
These bagels didn't taste any different to the other bagels I normally eat, and I was pleasantly surprised at this. The only difference I noted was that the shape on some of them were not as perfectly round, and the bagels themselves might be a tad smaller. However, this isn't a raw deal as who cares about aesthetics when the taste is great. And if they're ever so slightly smaller I don't mind, as I'm trying to eat less anyway so that's a bonus!
Nutrition wise, these bagels are a little better as they're lower in calories, carbohydrates, fat and salt than New York bagels, and the fibre is on par.
We're converted now and only buy Tesco Value bagels, unless they're out of stock! If you enjoy bagels, try them, they're great!