I’m of the firm belief that one of the most vexing food dilemmas faced my mankind is the question of donut versus bagel. Does one go with the light, airy fried dough of the donut, wrapped in a sweet and sumptuous glaze; or choose the chewy and glutenous bagel, which builds in flavor like a sympathy of malty sweetness and cream cheese richness.
The question of donut versus bagel particularly perplexes me during the fall, when pumpkins get the royal treatment on both counts. The past few years have seen me veer strongly to the case of the bagel, however, in no small part to Einstein Brothers Pumpkin Bagel Poppers.
Basically a donut hole, Pumpkin Bagels Poppers have all the spring that biting into a bagel entails, to go along with a sticky-sweet pumpkin cream cheese glaze that, I’m really sorry to quote Guy Fieri here, would be good if eaten off of my shoe. And believe it or not, they’re not God-awful for you. On a scale of 1 to turn-you-into-a-pumpkin, I give them a 7.5 for a mild pumpkin flavor with subtle cinnamon and ginger spice additions, but in terms of 1 to I-could-eat-this-everyday-for-the-rest-of-my-life, it gets a resounding “yessum.”