How does Massachusetts take its bagels?

Alright, Berkshire County bagel lovers. How do you take your bagels? Gate ? Brushed with plain cream cheese? How about topped with egg, cheese and sausage? Or maybe cream cheese and lox (smoked salmon)?

Forget the toppings for a second. How about the bagel itself? These days, you can find bagels in all sorts of flavors and varieties. Do you stick to the classics like plain, egg or onion bagels? Something sweet like cinnamon and raisins? Or something with a little kick, like garlic or anything bagel related?

What do I prefer? I hate to say it, but I’m getting more and more predictable with each passing day. I appreciate more types of bagels (and for that matter, most bagels toppings), but my go-to would have to be an all-purpose toasted bagel with chive and onion cream cheese! Mmm-mmmm.

On the other hand, my soul mate Tonya usually prefers the “sweet” side of things. Her favorite is a lightly toasted cinnamon sugar bagel (like the one they have at Panera) with a good amount of butter. She love their.

I also remember a time almost 3 years ago when I was in high school where I had an onion bagel loaded with cold cuts plus lettuce, cheese, onions and mayonnaise every day for breakfast. lunch. I guess I had so many that I got fed up for a little while.

Anyway, I’m a bit off track there. Shane Co., the largest private jeweler in the United States, recently conducted a study of American bagel preferences. It’s a very cool study. Here are some interesting findings. Top 5 Bagel Picks:

  1. All was by far the most popular choice
  2. Blueberry
  3. Plain
  4. Asiago cheese
  5. Cinnamon & Raisins

Plus (hey, we can’t list the most popular bagels without listing the most popular cream cheeses, can we?) Top 5 Cream Cheese Flavors:

  1. Plain
  2. Chives & Onion
  3. Strawberry
  4. garden vegetable
  5. Garlic and herbs

Before we get to how the majority of Massachusetts prefer their bagels, here’s something interesting. Even though bagels came here from Poland and Polish immigrants and began to thrive in New York, the most bagel-obsessed state is not New York.

Believe it or not, the Pine Tree State is most bagel-obsessed. Maine bagel fans eat one medium of 73.37 bagels per year. Even bagel lovers in Massachusetts consume more than New York per year on average at 59.25. New Yorkers eat an average of 54.04 bagels a year.

OK. I think I’ve kept you waiting long enough. Most Bay State residents prefer to eat their bagels this way: A everything bagels with plain cream cheese surmounted by salmon and capers.

For more information on bagels, including preferences for most other states, see the study on Shane Co’s website. here.

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