February 9 Is National Bagel Day
With everyone preparing for Valentine’s Day, it is easy to overlook another important day that occurs around this time every year. February 9 is National Bagel Day, a day set aside to honor the breakfast food that is enjoyed by millions of Americans every day. Here are some facts you might not know about the doughy treats.
• Bagels have been around for centuries. Although historians have debated the origins of the bagel, most agree that they were introduced in Poland in 1610. They did not become popular in the United States until the 1960s.
• The word bagel is derived from the Yiddish word “beigen,” which means to bend.
• Bagels are boiled and then baked to get their crispy exterior and chewy texture on the inside.
• Early bagel makers had a practical reason for making them with holes in the center. They would thread bagels onto a dowel and carry them around to sell to people on the street.
• Though there are many ways to eat a bagel, most people enjoy them with cream cheese. William A. Lawrence was the first person to mass produce cream cheese in 1875. Today, many varieties of flavored cream cheese are sold at bagel shops and grocery stores.
• Even though bagels come with all sorts of flavors and toppings, plain is still the most popular.
• According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest bagel was made in Syracuse, New York in 2004. It measured six feet in diameter and weighed 868 pounds.
• The most expensive bagel was sold for $1,000 at the Westin Hotel in New York. It consisted of a whole wheat bagel topped with Mascarpone cream cheese, grape jelly, white truffles, and edible gold.