Bagel fun facts

Bagel fun facts

  • Special preparation. Bagels are the only bread in the world that are boiled before being baked afterward.
  • Easy to transport. Ever wondered why bagels have a hole? It’s there for piling them up easier for a more effective transportation!
  • Not from the US. The earliest mention of bagels dates back to Poland in the 15th century.
  • No more coffee? Robert Bohannon, a scientist from North Carolina, developed bagels that have twice as much caffeine than a cup of coffee!
  • Space food. In 2008, astronaut Gregory Chamitoff brought 18 bagels to the international space station.
  • Bagel day. February 9th is the national bagel and lox day.

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  • Many flavors. Despite existing hundreds of different types of bagels, the most popular choice is plain, followed by sesame.
  • Supermarkets. Bagels were first introduced in supermarkets in the late 1950s.
  • Lots of ’em. In 2015, Thomas’ Bagels sold more than 160 million units to US customers.
  • Fast production. On average, 5 bagels are produced every second in the United States.
  • 4 people for one bagel. Before bagels were automatically produced in large machines, it took 4 people to make a single bagel.

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