First Impressions: Einstein Bros. NEW! Orange Mango Bagel
When I was a teenager I used to be the biggest bum on Saturday mornings. Lazily, I would get up at 9 or 10 AM every Saturday, flip on the TV, and shamelessly watch Pepper Ann while drinking from whatever 2-liter diet soda we had laying around in the fridge. I would also down two Einstein Brothers bagels which my dad would purchase earlier that morning. Don’t judge me. After all, a teenager can do a lot worse, you know.
Typically I wasn’t too concerned with what type of bagel he would get me. Actually, the extra one was usually supposed to be reserved for his lunch, although I think he secretly hoped I’d always eat it. These were the days of Atkins after all, and we Italians like our empty carbs. So I guess you could say that’s how I became a bagel man. Sesame Seed was a must — as was Cranberry, Asiago, and particularly the sweet bagel flavors. Pumpernickel and Sun Dried tomato? Eh, it took me a few years to develop those taste buds, but if there was one Einstein Brothers bagel I couldn’t get enough of, it was the seasonally inspired Orange Mango.
Rich, sweet, and brimming with a glaze of corn syrup combined with specks of turbinado sugar, this was a bagel that health ‘experts’ wish they could indulge in. Man oh man were they good, and I’d easily inhale two of them without even thinking before taking my 11 AM power nap before the college football games got underway a few hours later.
Sadly, the Mango Bagel was short-lived. Gone the way of such other EBB classics like the Low-Carb bagel (actually, I had a strange like for it’s chewy texture and dirt-like taste) and the now defunct Sun-Dried Tomato bagel, the seasonal sugar bomb is no more.
Or is it?
Going off of a tip I got on Facebook, I discovered that EBB was bringing the bagel of my youth back this past Wednesday, along with a host of new menu items to include Orange Mango Poppers, an Orange Mango Smoothie, and a new line of Bagel “Thin” sandwiches. I hope to hit up all the new menu items within the next month or so (especially those poppers) but how could I resist a chance to indulge the memory of only the single greatest bagel memory every remembered by man, woman, child, or four legged creature?
Of course, there was one issue. April 28th was conspiring against me:
Doesn’t exactly say “island tropical fruity spring day” now does it? But you’ve probably had enough of my nonsensical storytelling by now, so I’ll just cut to the chase. The bagel itself is your standard plain bagel. Not overly big or bready like a Panera bagel, but not wimpy either. The tiny specks of what I presume to have been mango were well dispersed, although they could have been larger and didn’t seem to brim with the same sweet flavor of cranberry or raisins that you get in other sweet bagels. Still, there was a level of islandy citrus in the larger bites of the bagel, which was welcomed but not awe-inspiring. The bagel I remembered had a rather thick glaze on the outside, and although this one may have had a slight corn syrup wash, it didn’t seem as sweet as I remember, and the presence of turbinado sugar on the outside was definitely missed.
All was not lost, however. Despite being good (but not, you know, freaking amazing) the bagel was really made (I when I say made, I mean MADE) by the new mango cream cheese flavor, which I can best describe as follows: I-would-eat-his-stuff-straight-up-for-the-rest-of-my-life-scary-good. Really, it was that good. Smooth and beyond creamy, it brimmed with the sweetness of a really decadent peachy/pineapple ice cream and the consistency of mascarpone. Words fail me, as it had an almost gelato-like nature to it. Basically, think of the best frosting you’ve ever had, but then whip it up and make it creamier and sweeter, although in a less “artificial” way. Yea, it’s some kinda awesomeness.
I really wish EBB wouldn’t make everything so seasonal. I mean seriously, how am I going to live without this cream cheese when it gets to be winter again? If nothing else, you need to check out this bagel just for the sake of pairing it with the greatest cream cheese flavor ever known to man* EBB is going mango crazy by the way, and has also released a Mango-Peach Muffin and smoothie. So while it may be snowing where I live, you can still enjoy the flavors or warmer climates at your local Einstein Brothers.
*Results still pending. I have a sordid love affair with Pumpkin Cream Cheese as well.
Pros: Flavorful specks of mango. Sweet memories of Saturday morning cartoons and empty carbs. Did I mention the BEST CREAM CHEESE LIKE EVA (also 25% less fat, whatever that means).
Cons: Not nearly as sugary or decadent as the old mango bagel. Specks of mango are not big enough. A little bland if not eaten with cream cheese.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.50/10
Price: : $2.29 with cream cheese (free if you use a coupon on facebook)
Overall GrubGrade: 9.00 (Exceptional)
Einstein Bros Mango Bagel (pending)