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Breakfast Bagel Alternatives – Bagel Twists or Taralles


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Breakfast Bagel Alternatives – Bagel Twists or Taralles

Zabar | Apr 20, 2011 01:02 AM

I’ve been eating bagels for too many years. I’m very choosy about my bagels, and prefer to mail order an unbelievably tasty hybrid known as a “bagel twist”. I get them delivered from the tiny “Bagel Corner” bakery on West 235th Street in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Because I order them in quantity and freeze them, I’m able to get them shipped to me via priority mail which arrives the next day in New Jersey. I immediately freeze them and then defrost each one in a convection oven. I think that they taste better than any fresh bagel that is readily available to me in northern New Jersey. For reference purposes, I’m providing you with some reviews from other Bagel Corner lovers:

For those Chowhounders who are not bonkers over bagels, here’s another suggestion. Many moons ago, my Sicilian wife introduced me to a new taste treat to enjoy with my morning cup of coffee. A “Taralle” looks like a hard, well-baked pretzel, and that’s where the similarity ends, because Taralles taste better (with a very distinct texture) than any pretzel that I’ve ever eaten, especially those that are baked by Racioppi’s in Bloomfield. Racioppi’s Taralles are available in an assortment of flavors; including Original, Garlic, Black Pepper & Fennel, Hot Red Pepper and Pizza. They're doughnut shaped, about 3 inches across and crunchy. They’re baked with no cholesterol oil, chemicals, preservatives or additives.
I buy them at Shoprite, however, not all Shoprite stores have them on their shelves. If they’re not on display near the Deli counter, ask your Shoprite store manager to order them from the warehouse. I prefer “original” (plain) Racioppi Taralles that I dip in Breakstone’s “organic” whipped salted butter. But , I’ll bet that your favorite spread (organic almond or peanut butter, preserves, cream cheese or whatever) will also be quite tasty. I should also mention that Racioppi’s Taralles are rather costly. Each Taralle weighs approximately one ounce, and, a package containing 12 Taralles currently sells at Shoprite for $4.49. That comes out to .37 cents per ounce or $6.00 per pound. They’re also available at a few specialty bakeries, but, if you’re willing to buy them in bulk, you can have them shipped directly to your home by Nick Racioppi in Bloomfield. Please do not be misled, any other brand of Taralle does not compare to the taste of a Racioppi’s Taralle. Here’s a link for your reference. Zabar

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