Imagine getting to feel less guilty about eating cream cheese and lox on a bagel?! That is how I felt when I made this classic sandwich on Dempster’s new Thin Bagels.
I have been product testing (AKA eating) these 100 calorie treats for a while now. Yeah, my life is rough. There are three kinds: cinnamon raisin, multigrain and white with whole grains.
On the left you have the cinnamon raisin version of Dempster’s Thin Bagels and on the right a “naughty” bagel I enjoy on a regular basis. As you can see, the thin bagel is about 2/3 of the height of the bad bagel but it is about the same when it comes to the width.
As with other thin bagels I have tested, the tough part is toasting these without them turning to cardboard. The first time I had this bagel I put it in the toaster at the regular setting I would use and added some honey.
It did not really get toasted. As you can see here, it also has a huge donut-sized donut hole in the middle, another way to save on calories but I found spreading butter and jam on the top really challenging.
After that test I decided to put the whole wheat one in my toaster on the highest setting and it still did not toast. I had to toast it twice to get it golden brown. I added some cream cheese on top for a treat with tea.
My favourite way to enjoy these thin bagels, by far, was just as a sandwich. If it so happened to contain cream cheese and lox? So be it! These still had the texture of bagels so it did feel like you were eating one without all those calories. My regular bagels have 220 calories each so the Dempster Thin Bagels have even less than half! They also have half the fat.
Considering each thin bagel is only 40 grams and my regular bagel is 85 grams, I think I know how the calories disappeared. It is not about a special recipe, just cleverly hiding away half the mass of the bagel. What is most impressive is they brought the carb count down from 42 grams (regular bagel) to 18-19 grams with their thin bagels!
I try to stay away from looking at labels until I finish testing a product because I want to keep an open mind and must admit, I was totally shocked that the white thin bagels contained whole grains. I had no idea so bravo Dempsters! You fooled me!
If you eat sandwiches made with bagels regularly and want to cut down on your caloric and carb intake, this is definitely the product for you. I was very impressed with them and even though toasting and spreading them with a topping was annoying, I will buy more of these soon.
I give this product four and a half out of five wooden spoons.