National Bagelfest Day: Facts, History, and How to Make a Rainbow Bagel

Today (July 26) is National Bagelfest Day, and what better way to celebrate this snack than learning all about its history, grabbing some bagel deals and learning how to make rainbow bagels?

While deals seem to be slim on the ground for Bagelfest, we've also provided tips on how to get more for your money at your local bagel chain.

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Stock image: Bagels came to the U.S. when Eastern Europeans immigrated. iStock

Bagels History and Facts

According to Smithsonian, bagels have been around since as early as the 14th century. A similar-looking Polish bread called obwarzanek dates back to 1394, and then the bagel made its official appearance in records in the 17th century.

It wasn't until the 19th century that Eastern European immigrants brought the bagel over to the U.S. Then, in the 1970s, a family known as the Lenders began marketing frozen bagels to the masses. Nowadays, bagels are a favorite food in the U.S. and are eaten with toppings such as salmon, cream cheese and bacon.

Creatives have also crafted bagels such as the rainbow bagel to add a bit of spark to the traditional bread-based snack.

Other facts about bagels:

  • Did you know that the bagel is the only bread that is boiled before being baked? Once the bagel dough is shaped into a circle, it is dipped in boiling water for three to five minutes on each side. After that, they are drained and baked for about 10 minutes
  • The bagel hole comes in handy to thread multiple bagels onto a dowel, making transport easy, especially for street vendors selling the doughy delights
  • In 2007 North Carolina molecular scientist Robert Bohannon developed Buzz Donuts and Buzzed Bagel, which are caffeinated donuts and bagels. They contain the caffeine equivalent of two cups of coffee
  • Bruegger's owns the title of World's Largest Bagel; they baked an 868 pound bagel in August 27, 2004 at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, New York.

How to make a rainbow bagel

In celebration of Bagelfest, how about making your own rainbow bagel and adding in some out-there extras such as beef patties, maple syrup or even chili peppers.

If you don't have the time to make your own bagels today, run down to your local Einstein Bros. Bagels. Normally, the company offer free bagels to customers when they buy a drink, however at the time of publishing, this has not been announced.

That being said, you can buy a dozen bagels for $8 today until 11 a.m. local time, so that might make up for any bagel shortfalls.