Snack Review: Kraft Strawberry and Cream Cheese Bagelful
I really had no good reason to consume the Kraft Strawberry and Cream Cheese Bagelful I had as a mid-morning snack on Sunday. After all, I already had bagels, cream cheese, and strawberry jelly in my fridge, and it wasn’t like the pre-packaged and frozen alternative was any cheaper or healthier. Still, there was something nostalgic which led me to these Bagelfuls on a recent trip to the grocery store, and I’m not just talking about the $1 off coupon I had for the product either…
No, the real reason I chose Kraft’s Strawberry and Cream Cheese Bagelful (which Kraft describes as a “delicious toasty bagel with creamy cream cheese”) was because they reminded me of the single greatest microwavable treat of my youth; the now extinct Pillsbury Bagel Shoppe Pastry. Words cannot do justice to how influential the Pastry Shoppe Line was in my life. Debuting in 2000, I literally sucked these things down every morning of middle school, contributing to a nutritionally empty and unfulfilled breakfast that probably led me to sleep through math classes and consistently write “why do I care?” on those darn state-sponsored tests which in no way contributed to your actual grade. None of that mattered at the time though, as the warm and soft goodness of blueberry or strawberry jam intermingled with cream cheese in a toasted bagel crust was more than any kid could ask for. At some point over the last six or seven years they stopped making the Bagel Shoppe line however, and until recently I hadn’t even been aware that a similar product – the Kraft Bagelful – was on the market. So, once I discovered a coupon for these treats in a recent Sunday paper I new I had to check them out, if for no other reason than to remind myself of the simplicity of a childhood favorite.
- Pros: Classic cream cheese and strawberry jam flavor. Good crusty exterior and soft interior. Won’t break the nutritional bank at 190 calories, 3 grams fat, and seven grams of sugar. Conjures up fond memories of 7th grade awkwardness.
- Cons: Doesn’t stay warm. Minimal amount of cream cheese and jelly. The “bagel” part doesn’t really taste like anything. Way too small. Reminds us all that you never really know what you’ve got until it’s gone.
GrubGrade: 6.25/10 (Average)
Price: $2.39 (Coupon online at product website)
Nutrition: Kraft Strawberry and Cream Cheese Bagelful
Serving Size: 1 Bagelful
Calories from Fat: 30
Total Fat: 3g
Saturated Fat: 1.5g
Total Carbohydrates: 34g