Bagels have a history that is richer than your favorite cream cheese spread! The first bagel was created in 1610, in Krakow, Poland — and have been in production ever since. In the early 1900s bagel makers would work in teams of four, with two people to make and shape the dough, one to boil the bagels and the fourth to bake them.
In 2019, these rounds of dough can be found just about anywhere: breakfast joints, coffee shops, supermarkets, or even your kitchen pantry. In fact, 2018 saw more than 354 million bagels sold.
Celebrate National Bagel Day on Jan. 15 by eating lots of bagels, picking gifts for your favorite bagel-lovers, and learning some mouth-watering trivia.
National Bagel Day timeline
Bagels Become An American Staple
Bagels are sold in supermarkets across the nation and surpass the donut as an essential breakfast item.
- Early 1900's
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Over this century, the popularity of bagels spread through the growing Eastern European and Jewish-immigrant communities in New York City.
New Baby, New Bagel
The first known written records about bagels appears in Krakow, Poland which dictated that bagels should be gifted to women soon after childbirth.
The First Bagel Appears
The beginnings of the modern bagel can be traced to the Polish obwarzanek, a thin, boiled, then baked ring of dough.
National Bagel Day Activities
Have a bagel at every meal
Take this day as an opportunity to appreciate the versatility of the bagel, and feel free to use it as an excuse to try as many flavors as you would like!
Share the bagel love
What office, classroom, or group of friends doesn't love bagels? Scope out your local bagel shops for exclusive National Bagel Day deals and spring for a dozen delicious bagels to share.
Find the best bagel in town
Everyone has their favorite bagel place, so maybe it's time to figure out which one is the best. Maybe each place has its own specialty bagel — be adventurous and try it out!
Why We Love National Bagel Day
There are countless varieties
Have you ever walked into a bagel shop and noticed all the different flavors available? From bagels weaved with cinnamon raisin swirl to the classic everything bagel, there is always a variety to satisfy your sweet or savory cravings.
Bagels are versatile
Many of us have had bagels for breakfast, but how about as a deli sandwich or maybe a pizza bagel? The chewy and dense texture make bagels a perfect vehicle for toppings, spreads, anything else delicious you can think of!
They are convenient
You can find bagels at grocery stores, coffee shops, and even gas stations. You can eat them toasted or just plain. Either way, they are still a delicious and easy choice when you are on-the-go.