Fast Casual Review: Pumpkin Bagel Poppers from Einstein Bros.
When you get done reading this post, I want you to do two things.
- Go outside and smell the beautiful Autumn air.
- Go to your local Einstein Brothers Bagels and pick up their new Pumpkin Bagel Poppers.
I know what you’re thinking: “Adam, you cheap, lazy college student. I thought you hated Einstein’s line of Bagel Poppers?!? And don’t you live in Utah? For goodness sakes, it snowed there the other day. You don’t even have an Autumn!” Ok, you got me. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the bagel poppers when QSR chain Einstein/Noah rolled them out this past spring, and it did in fact snow here in Logan the other day, but October technically is in the Fall, and for me that means Pumpkin. And folks, there ain’t nothing better than Fall foods and especially Pumpkin.
I originally went to Einstein’s to get a Pumpkin bagel (more on that next week), but after finding a convenient coupon for the Bagel Poppers in my inbox, I decided to give them a shot. The company has yet to roll out an official release or description, but here’s the promo shot:
And here is the real deal:
As you can see from the photos, the actual poppers aren’t as ‘cakelike’ as the promo implies – but that doesn’t make them any less awesome. The first thing I noticed about these was the aroma. It was, in a word, amazing. They smelled like this ridiculously decadent pumpkin cheesecake my Mom makes, and instantly the poppers transported me back to my East coast roots on a crisp October day. If I thought the smell was amazing, then words escape me when defining their taste. The cream cheese glaze is thick, sweet, and sticky, and it complements the bready and slightly nutty bagel dough underneath. The pumpkin flavor is not only detectable but well balanced, and contains hints of the unmistakable combination of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. The “bagel” interior itself is only slightly sweet, and leaves you with a lingering hint of spice that makes you want to dig in for more.
I like how you get a little of everything with the Pumpkin Bagel Poppers. They have all the sugary and sticky goodness of a donut, but they retain the bready interior of a bagel. At $2.99 per container (mine contained 15 poppers total) they aren’t a bad deal either. Amazingly, the official nutritionals of the bagel poppers aren’t as bad as you’d think, with each container coming in at 380 calories and 3.5 grams of fat (including a respectable 34 grams of sugar). If you do the math, that’s only about 25 calories per ‘popper’! Like I said, maybe a little hard to believe, but frankly these things are so good I don’t care what the stats show. If you like Fall foods (especially pumpkin) this is a must try item, and a definite winner from Einstein’s!
Pros: Freaking amazing aroma personifies everything good about Fall. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Icing (‘nuff said.) Love the classic Fall spice flavor. Great balance of decadent icing and bready bagel interior. Very kid friendly. Takes me back to crisp Fall days where it doesn’t snow in September. Mom’s pumpkin cheesecake.
Cons: Sticky as all get out. People looking at me funny as I walk around campus with the container jammed up against my nostrils.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $2.99 (For Container of 15 or so)
Overall GrubGrade: 9.00/10
More Info: EinsteinBros.com
Serving Size: 144 grams
Calories from Fat: 30
Total Fat: 3.5 grams
Saturated Fat: 1 gram
Total Carbs: 82 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Sugars: 34 grams
Protein: 9 grams