Great American Bagel Goes Green for St. Patrick’s – Shaw Local

If you and your family love bagels, buy a company party pack at Great American Bagel in Joliet.

We ordered a pack a recent weekend for breakfast. It comes with 26 gourmet bagels and four half-pound containers of cream cheese, a super easy way to try out different flavor combinations. As for cream cheese, we chose apple cinnamon, vanilla, strawberry and nature.

Apple-Cinnamon Cream Cheese: This was my first time trying the flavor. It was overflowing with cinnamon and apple chunks. Not super sweet, it was more tangy and tart.

Vanilla Cream Cheese: My favorite cream cheese for most bagels because it pairs well with most flavors, especially if you want something a little sweeter than plain.

Strawberry Cream Cheese: I love strawberry cream cheese with a blueberry bagel. Try it; you could too.

Other cream cheese choices included chocolate chip, cucumber, pineapple nut, jalapeño cheddar, scallions, veggies, and walnut raisins.

For the bagels, we ordered family favorites: plain, egg, and poppyseeds (a family member asked for all the poppyseeds). But we also tried other varieties. Here are my thoughts on some of them.

Cinnamon Raisin: This is one of those bagels that I like to eat with peanut butter. The bagel is loaded with cinnamon and raisins. Toasting the bagel makes the raisins nice and warm.

Strawberry: Its bright pink color stands out from the other bagels in the box (not a bad thing). Its flavor tasted natural and the bagel was delicious topped with strawberry cream cheese.

Blueberry: The texture was soft and the bagel was full of mini blueberries, so you had chunks of blueberries in every bite. It grilled well too.

Pictured is a close-up view of a 26-pack of bagels from Great American Bagel in Joliet.  The Corporate Party Pack also includes four flavors of Cream Cheese Toppings.

Chocolate Chip: This was stuffed with dark chocolate chips. It wasn’t an overly sweet bagel, so it went well with the vanilla cream cheese.

Cinnamon Crisp (Specialty Bagel): This cinnamon swirl bagel was topped with sugar crystals and cinnamon. The toppings melted when I heated it, giving it the taste of a cinnamon roll but without the gooey mess.

Blueberry Crisp (Specialty Bagel): This was similar to the blueberry bagel but with a sugar crystal filling.

We also ordered two bagels which were not included in the company party pack.

Supreme Sunrise: You get your bagel of choice (I chose a plain, toasted bagel) filled with sausage, eggs, bacon, and lots of cheese. It makes a filling sandwich on the go. Everything was seasoned to perfection. The bagel was cut in half for easy consumption, but you could easily make two meals out of it.

Cinnamon Delight Stick Bagel (Cinnamon Bagel Stick with Frosting): This is a fun and unique way to eat a bagel. Long in shape instead of round, it was topped with generous amounts of vanilla frosting.

The Cinnamon Delight Stick Bagel at Great American Bagel in Joliet is a long, cinnamon-flavored bagel topped with generous amounts of vanilla frosting.

Ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, Great American Bagel, whose menu includes salads, soups and sandwiches, will sell Green Bagels and Green Bagels with Irish Cheddar through March 17.

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IF YOU ARE GOING TO

WHAT: Large American bagel

OR: 1101 Essington Road, Joliet

WHEN: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday; 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; and from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday

INFORMATION: 815-744-9630, facebook.com/gabjoliet

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