"Spread cheer and shmear," reads the e-mail to the chain's e-mail list subscribers. The coupon is good until December 11. It is not good for catering, a Half Dozen Bucket or a Half Dozen Bagels. It is good for Hate to Wait?, and there is a limit of one coupon per customer. There is an extra charge for Power Protein Bagels or Gourmet Bagels.
Is it a good deal? It depends on how many people you want to feed. I'm a single woman, so for me that's almost half a month of bagels. As much as I love the Asiago Cheese Bagel with Reduced Fat Garlic and Herb Shmear, that's just too much. It brings back childhood memories of my parents winning a one-year membership to a Bagel of the Month Club and discovering that it meant their choice of 13 bagels per month--we ate a lot of Asiago Cheese Bagels. But if you're feeding a family of five, like my parents were, that may be just the right deal for you. But in the words of the clerk who served my parents during that year, "That's a lot of bagels!"
What kinds of bagels are covered by this deal? There are three categories: Classic, Bagel Thin Singles, and Signature Bagels.
Classic Bagels come in four flavors: Everything, Honey Whole Wheat, Plain and Pumpernickel. I personally recommend the Everything, as it is a hodgepodge/powerhouse of nutritional extras.
Bagel Thin Singles come in three flavors: Everything, Honey Whole Wheat and Plain. Again, I recommend the Everything if you're a health nut like me.
The Signature Bagels come in twelve flavors, which means you can get at least one of each with this deal. That's perfect if you're curious about some of the more obscure flavors such as Potato (which has got to be better than it sounds or they wouldn't sell it). The flavors are: Asiago Cheese, Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Raisin, Cinnamon Sugar, Cranberry, Garlic, 9-Grain, Onion, Poppyseed, Potato and Sesame Seed. My recommendations are Asiago Cheesse, Cinnamon Sugar, Garlic and Blueberry, in that order.
Einstein Bros. recently announced three new Super Grain Bagels on its web site. Those are the Honey Whole Wheat, the 9-Grain and the Power Protein. The Honey Whole Wheat has more than one-fourth of the daily fiber requirement for adults, while the 9-Grain has 100 percent of the daily whole grain requirement. The Power Protein has 14 grams of protein--but be advised that it contains nuts.
Nutritional information for each bagel can be found on Einstein Bros.'s web site. The nutritional information for shmear is not available.