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…

Think a frozen twinkie; except less cakey and with no frosting.

Think a frozen twinkie; except less cakey and with no frosting.

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.

It looked better on the box...

It looked better on the box...

As for the Bagelful itself, it is virtually the same in concept to the old Pastry Shoppe pastries I fondly remember, except that it looks more like a hot dog than something you’d put in your toaster (note: not a sexual reference).  I found it to be somewhat smaller than expected and lacking in the creamage and jelly department, and also felt like it took way to damn long to actually heat up in the toaster.  As far as taste goes I liked it, but c’mon, who doesn’t like cream cheese and strawberry jelly?  I mean, you could put that stuff on toilet paper and it would be decent.  Texturally I had no complaints, other than the fact that the otherwise soft and bready interior lacked the warmth of the Bagel Shoppe pastries of my youth, but I still felt under-whelmed with the whole eating experience.
Maybe it was because you can eat one of these things in three or four bites, or maybe it has to do with my unrealistic and platonic memories of the Bagel Shoppe line, but I just felt like the Kraft Bagelful didn’t live up to expectations.  Granted, it’s not a bad on-the-go snack and it’s probably a decent choice nutrition-wise when compared to a Pop-Tart or something comparable, but when it comes to breakfast I think I’ll stick with a real bagel and apply the cream cheese and jelly with all the liberalness of a Vermont politician.
Bagelful Schamgulful. This is my "bagelful" for the future.

Bagelful Schamgulful. This is my "bagelful" for the future.

  • 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)

http://brands.kraftfoods.com/bagelfuls/

Nutrition: Kraft Strawberry and Cream Cheese Bagelful

Serving Size: 1 Bagelful

Calories: 190

Calories from Fat: 30

Total Fat: 3g

Saturated Fat: 1.5g

Cholesterol: 5mg

Sodium: 180mg

Total Carbohydrates: 34g

Fiber: 2g

Sugars: 7g

Protein: 6g

15 comments on “Snack Review: Kraft Strawberry and Cream Cheese Bagelful

  1. I LOVE these things. I’ve only had them a few time but I can’t get over the texture..they’re very soft an chewy. There are up there with the Uncrustables. I’d say aside from size and amount of filling, I’d take one of these over your bagel option there 🙂

    Middle School in 2000?!? Maybe I’m misunderstanding. How old are you?

    …man I want one of these now….damn you!

  2. Adam Bomb says:

    Okay, I was all set to pass these things up for good based on the review. But then the first comment goes the complete opposite way. I don’t know what to do now…..wait, yes I do. I’ll just steal one next time my roommate buys a box.

  3. Ryan says:

    @ Bear… Yeah Adam is the baby of the GG team… My middle school years of snacking…93 and 94…consisted of pizza bagels while watching Eek! The Cat. Don’t Hate.

  4. Adam says:

    @Bear…Never underestimate the power of something which has not been frozen for an undisclosed amount of time. Unless of course it’s a bagel that’s a week past the “sell by” date like the one in my above picture. Also, my lack of old-fartage means my taste buds are still fresher, so keep that in mind. But yea, these things are not bad, but they ain’t great either.

    @Adam…Good call. Always best to “procure” a sample before making the investment, although I will say these come in multiple falvors, so find one which suits your fancy.

    @Ryan…What the hell is an Eek! The Cat? I can travel back to Bobby’s World but after that everything gets fuzzy.

  5. @Adam – Bobby’s World rocked!!!! I’m a huge cartoon guy. I was still watching Doug and Rocko’s Modern Life…Angry Beavers….Pirates of Dark Water…man you name it…I love ’em. Eek! The Cat was aight. But seriouslly…how old are you? I’m 26 (b. 1982).

    Give ’em a shot (other) Adam.

  6. ChrisSh says:

    You know, I really like these, but they just aren’t worth the cost. I’ve actually only had the cinnamon/cream cheese version, but it was delicious. I liked the temperature, the outside was hot and crispy while the inside was sort of warmish/cool depending on the bite. The thing is, two just barely did away with my hunger and cost a lot more than a bagel you make with the same ingredients would…

  7. ChrisSh says:

    And Adam, I was in middle school in 2000 as well and can barely recall Bobby’s World. I think we’re on the same page here…

  8. brad says:

    Reviewed the plain version a while back for WRS. I thought they were okay… at least I didn’t have to spread the cream cheese on anything. Good review though dude.

  9. Raiders757 says:

    I’ve never seen these before, but after reading your review, I’ll stick with the real deal.

    I don’t partake in such things very often, so it would make no sense to use a substitute when doing so.

  10. Adam says:

    So does nobody else remember the Bagel Shoppe pastries?

  11. Can’t say I do. Any links to ’em?

  12. Adam says:

    Bear,
    No link exists. I searched for HOURS. I guees the internet could only provide so much between 2000-2002.

  13. Can someone please post how long they should be microwaved and cooked? I brought one to work, straight out of the box and there aren’t any instructions. That’s what I get for being in a hurry!

  14. Fazn says:

    I microwave mine for about 45 seconds though I havent been eating them lately as it seems they have been havin issues with getting there individual packages sealed properly and after last weekends stomach problems after eating them friday moring not sure i will be eating them in the future.

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