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Jun 18, 2008 04:37 PM

Are you a bagel scooper?

As I really don't eat bagels anymore (haven't had one in years), I've never heard about this bagel scooping business until I read this on Grub Street. Essentially, it's eating the bagel with the innards removed. I understand if you do it because you like the taste of the chewy exterior. But it seems that a lot of people do that to save on calories. I'm wondering -- why don't you eat just half a bagel instead of scooping? Is it because you can't control yourself to eat just half? I'm really curious.

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  1. It probably has something to do with the fact that bagels have gotten so big. According to the classic article by Ed Levine, bagels have grown fron 3 oz. in 1960 to 6 or 7 oz. today.

    Actually, I count myself lucky when I can even find a bagel with a chewey exterior.

    1. when i used to be able to eat them, we'd scoop em, sprinkle with a little low fat cheese, toast til melty and fill w/ salsa and/or cottage cheese.

      a scooped bagel allows for filling... we also used to scoop bagels and toast, then fill w/ tuna salad, sliced tomato, and a cheese slice.

      1. This is hilarious. My brother Lurker W who lives in New York is a bagel scooper. He gets his bagels at Ess-A-Bagel. Ess-A has massive bagels. He fills the crust with cottage cheese, which would just fall off half a bagel.

        He does do his own scooping, in the privacy of his kitchen, unlike the people in the article.

        1. Like the other posts on here, it's about the filling! for breakfast I'll spread a little hummus after scooping and fill with egg whites. A scooped out bagel is a great 'vehicle.' All the dough in today's bagels can leave you feeling so full and heavy too. At least with an everything bagel, all the good stuff (flavor) is on the outside so you don't lose taste!

          1. My best friend's sister has been scooping for years. Don't know whether it's a coincidence or not, but she buys her bagels at Ess-a-Bagel. I know that for her it's strictly a calorie/carbs issue not a better-to-hold-the-filling issue. And she eats half of a scooped bagel so it's not a question of control issue in that sense. But it is definitely is a question of control.