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Fast Casual Review: Blueberry Bagel Poppers from Einstein Bros.

Written by Adam, GrubGrade Contributor

I typically go to Einstein Bros. Bagels two or three times per week.  With a vast assortment of 99-cent bagels and bottomless refills on five different kinds of coffee brewed daily, you really can’t beat this place in terms of value, selection, or quality.  Yet Einstein’s has ventured out from the world of just bagels and coffee in recent years, and introduced an expanded menu that features all kinds of sandwiches, salads, and non-traditional breakfast treats.  After receiving a free coupon for their new “Bagel Poppers” via their email club I decided to check out the company’s latest innovation, which comes in three flavors; blueberry, cinnamon sugar, and sweet cream cheese.

Blueberry Bagel Poppers from Einstein Bros

These “bite sized bagels” actually come in a pre-packaged cup which will set you back $2.99 without the aforementioned coupon.  I went for the blueberry and there were 15 flavored poppers total in my cup, ranging in various sizes.  The first (and most prominent) thing I noticed about the poppers was the glaze.  They had a thick and shiny glaze that you’d expect to find on a donut, not a bagel.  It was so thick that many of the poppers were stuck together when I opened the cup.  They were sticky as well, so much so that I found eating these in my car to be problematic, and actually had to wait until I got home to really dissect them.  

Blueberry Bagel Poppers (4)

As for taste these were ok but nothing special.  Yes they were sweet and there was a fair distribution of blueberries amongst the poppers, but the sweetness is really limited to the glaze and comes across as cheap and corn syrupy (although to be fair, that’s not always a bad thing in my mind).  Normally I like my blueberry pieces to compliment the warm and soft interior of the bagel dough, but these just felt like they took a backseat to the sweet exterior.  Still, it’s nice to get real blueberry pieces in a product like this, and they had a fair amount of blueberry flavor.  The biggest problem with these is the absence of that signature bready interior I’ve come to expect in Einstein bagels, as the small amount of interior dough takes a definite backseat to the outer glaze.  Also, aside from being too sticky and not very practical as a breakfast item, these “poppers” strike me as being nothing more than a sugar bomb, which is probably the last thing I should be eating in combination with all those bottomless cups of coffee.  A regular bagel may not be a bowl of oatmeal with fresh fruit and flaxseed, but it’s ain’t horrible for you either ya know. 

Blueberry Bagel Poppers (wide)

Einstein Bros. Bagels are famous for the hard “crusts” on the outside and for their warm, chewy interior.  Unfortunately these “poppers” do the company’s trademark product an injustice by trying to be a mix between a donut hole and slightly stale bagel from just “any” bagel store.  Still, as long as the company continues to offer its normally delectable assortment of bagels (my personal favorite is Pumpernickel) and fantastic seasonal coffee flavors they can count me amongst their loyal patrons, despite a disappointing showing with their latest non-bagel innovation. 

  • Pros– Good alternative for kids or “non-bagel” patrons.  Put the cup in your cup holder.  Degree of snackability for sweet-tooth minded customers.  Free with coupon, so why the heck not?  Hey, real blueberries!  
  • Cons– Too sticky.  Sweetness is superficial and limited to glaze.  Doesn’t have the usual Einstein bagel “crust,” nor the pick-me-apart bread “feel” of a fresh bagel.  Would be better if served warm.  Glaze is way too heavy.  Would have liked to see a “Pumpernickel Popper” if for alliterative effect alone.  

Blueberry Bagel Poppers (close collage)

Taste:  5.50/10

Value:  4.00/10

Grubbing on the Go:  4.75/10

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GrubeGrade:  5.25/10 (Mediocre)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price:  $2.99  (Free with drink purchase coupon from  Einstein E-Club)

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Food News: Lighter Fare Menu at Einstein Bros. Bagels and Noah’s

Einstein Bros. Bagels has introduced a new low-cal menu.  

From QSRMag:

In a time when menus can come with a generous portion of calories, Einstein Bros. Bagels and Noah’s Bagels are introducing an all-new Lighter Fare menu, with three lunch items and two breakfast items, each containing less than 400 calories.

The limited-time lunch menu will be available from April 1, 2009 through June 30 and the breakfast menu beginning July 1, 2009 through September 29 at participating Einstein Bros. and Noah’s restaurants nationwide. Prices and locations subject to availability.

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Lighter Fare Lunch Menu items include:

Ancho Chicken Wedge

350 calories, 14 grams fat

A wheat tortilla filled with chile rajas, jalapeno salsa cream cheese and marinated ancho chicken.

Mediterranean Turkey Sandwich

380 calories, 12 grams fat

Fresh baked Harvest Grain bread with sliced turkey, balsamic pepper relish, reduced-fat sun-dried tomato cream cheese, lettuce, and red onion.

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Salad

390 calories, 27 grams fat

Mixed greens with balsamic pepper relish, tomatoes, red onions and marinated ancho chicken with a light balsamic vinaigrette.

Lighter Fare breakfast menu, served all day, includes:

Einstein Bros. Egg White Sandwich with Turkey Sausage

400 calories, 7 grams fat

An egg white sandwich with turkey sausage and ancho salsa, served on a Good Grains bagel, baked fresh daily in the restaurant.

Noah’s Egg White Sandwich with Turkey Sausage

400 calories, 5 grams fat

An egg white sandwich with turkey sausage and ancho salsa, served on a plain bagel, baked fresh daily in the restaurant.

Egg White Florentine Wedge with Turkey Sausage

390 calories, 18 grams fat

A wheat tortilla filled with egg whites, sausage, spinach, mushrooms and jalapeno salsa cream cheese.

I unfortunately didn’t notice this new menu yesterday when I stopped by Einstein for lunch.  I’m not sure if I have the strength and willpower to resist the California Chicken Wrap.  I had my blinders on.  It clocks in at 630 calories, 29 grams of fat and is as big as a Chipotle burrito.  Observe.

California Chicken Wrap from Einstein Bros. Bagels

Grilled natural chicken wrapped in a wheat tortilla with garlic herb cream cheese, greens, tomato, cucumber, red onion, alfalfa sprouts & a zesty roasted tomato spread.