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Canada Loves Bagels

Canadians love their bagels and I’d have to agree. I eat a bagel almost everyday for breakfast. Today (February 9th) is actually National Bagel Day so if you are a bagel lover, enjoy a bagel buttered or topped with cream cheese or however you like to eat it!

According to Dempster’s Bagel Barometer, six out of ten Canadians eat bagels on a regular basis AND nearly a quarter of that eat them daily or several times a week.  And what province holds the most bagel lovers? Well, that would be Ontario with 66%, followed by Atlantic Canada at 61%.  I found that interesting because I’m originally from Ontario and I currently live in Atlantic Canada.

The Dempster’s Bagel Barometer also discovered that 90% of people prefer their bagels toasted and 1/3 prefer it topped with cream cheese. For me, toasting is a must and I can take or leave the cream cheese. I like to mix it up between cream cheese, butter and even peanut butter.

They also revealed that there are personality differences among Canadian bagel lovers:

  • The Craver:  Choose bagels for taste and it has to be “just right”. The majority of people are Cravers.
  • The Energizer: Use bagels as food fuel to start their day. 1/4 of people are Energizers.
  • The Connoisseur: Always creating new and interesting ways to enjoy their bagels.
  • The Purist: Eats bagels the same way every time.

Which category are you? I think I’m more of an Energizer, but with a little bit of Craver mixed in!

To celebrate National Bagel Day this year, Dempster’s has teamed up with the well-known chef and bagel lover, Bob Blumer. Their mission is to seek out Canada’s most passionate bagel-lovers and find out what the ultimate Canadian bagel qualities are. In fact, Dempster’s has created a new bagel recipe that Canadian bagel fans will love. The bagels are baked fresh daily using only quality ingredients like 100% Canadian wheat and real fruit and spices. The come in seven different varieties including Plain, Sesame, 100% Whole Wheat, 12 Grain, Everything, Cinnamon Raisin and Blueberry. They all sound yummy to me!

You can try them too! They are available in grocery stores nationally now. Plus, Dempster’s is taking their new recipe on the road with their Dempster’s Pop Up Bakery to server samples to Canadians across the country cluding major cities like Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Visit Dempsters on Facebook for location and times.

If you want to see some of Bob Blumer’s recipes for Dempster’s bagel, you can check them out here. My favourite is definitely the Dill-icious and I’ve included the recipe below!


Pickling is the new black (ie., the latest trend in the foodie world). Enjoy the instant gratification of an instantly pickled cucumber in this classic bagel combo.


  • 1 Dempster’s plain bagel
  • ½ English cucumber or 1 field cucumber
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces crème cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, stems removed, minced + extra for garnish
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Peel and cut cuke into super-thin slices. Transfer to a small bowl and sprinkle with salt. Toss continuously for 1 minute or until slices start to release water (the brine). Let sit for a minimum of 5 minutes, then serve immediately or refrigerate.

2. In a medium bowl, use a fork to blend crème cheese, dill, zest and pepper. Reserve.

3. To serve: Toast, and if you choose, lightly butter bagel. Top with cream cheese and cucumber slices. Garnish with dill.

Remaining spread and pickles will last in the fridge for 5 days in tightly sealed containers. Yield: 1 serving + enough spread and pickles for 3 additional servings.

Sounds good right? It is. We tried it yesterday and it was a hit!

UrbanMoms is giving away a Dempster’s bagel-inspired prize pack (ARV $150) with everything you need to make the perfect bagel. To enter, visit UrbanMoms and share what you like on your bagel.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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