Now, thanks to the hard work and dedication from Sweet Note Bakery, gluten-free bagel lovers can rejoice in the fact that authentic New York-style bagels are back on the menu in a big way.
Sweet Note Bakery was a born from a belief that gluten-free bagels had yet to reach their full potential. Founder and Owner Michelle MacDonald was inspired by her own family's struggle to accommodate a gluten-free lifestyle when eating out or with others. MacDonald, an avid baker, knew the lack of options for gluten-free diners was an open invitation to make a difference and create a product truly worth eating. Her hard work has paid off as her idea has grown into a successful company with a national reach.
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I'll start off with the bagel basics. All of their creations are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility which is a must for me. In addition to being gluten-free, are free from dairy, eggs, and soy, which makes them an reliable option for those of us juggling multiple food allergies. They are found in eight different states in cafes and retail outlets and can be shipped anywhere in the country. The basic prep instructions for the bagels (which are stored frozen) include three basic steps: microwave for 60 seconds, slice, then toast.
Once knowing these were the "real deal," I couldn't wait to break into the pack of everything bagels beckoning from my freezer. I haven't had a true everything bagel since I bid gluten adieu, and couldn't wait to be reunited with my favorite breakfast treat. Once again, Sweet Note delivered with authenticity and flavor. The assortment of poppy seeds, dried onion and dried garlic worked together to make a bagel bursting with flavor. Toasting really does maximize the experience for these because the crust crisped up nicely and the inside became soft and chewy. Of the two, I think these were my personal favorite because they were more satisfying sans topping (i.e. cream cheese, peanut butter, etc.), but I would not turn down either one.
I really hope that Sweet Note's success continues and that someday they can set up shop here in the sunshine state. I love their philosophy of making the world a more tasty place one bagel at a time. For now though, I am perfectly happy ordering them whenever I need my "real" bagel fix. I am officially a fan and am thankful that this dedicated bakery is here to help people start their days on a "sweet note."
For more information, visit Sweet Note's website.
Disclaimer: The review provided is current to the time I bought the product. Ingredients and manufacturing processes can change without notice. Each product should be reviewed for individual nutritional needs. Feel free to to contact me with any questions or comments. I was not compensated for this review and it is a reflection of my personal opinion.