A bagel and cream cheese is a classic for a reason, but sometimes you have to shake things up. Remember the first time you put potato chips in your sandwich? Trying a new bagel topping combination is kind of like that. There are just some things that really shouldn’t work together, but totally do.
So while you can always order your favorite tried and true toppings at BCB Café, if you want to really change up your bagel, take it home and try one of these unique combinations.
Jalapeño Bagel + Guacamole + Hot Cheetos
This combination is all about the heat! Top your (already spicy) toasted jalapeño bagel with guacamole, then add a layer of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos on top. This will no doubt add a fiery kick to your snack, so make sure you have an ice-cold beverage nearby.
Whole Wheat Bagel + Peanut Butter + Jelly
This might not be a crazy combination, but it’ll take you right back to your favorite school-day snack. Toast your bagel and add a layer of peanut butter and then a layer of jelly. Since you’re an adult now, you can make it even better by adding a couple pieces of candy on top—chopped up Reece’s or Snickers will only make it better.
Plain Bagel + Strawberry Cream Cheese + Whipped Cream + Peanuts
Whoever said sundaes were reserved for dessert wasn’t thinking very creatively. Top your bagel with strawberry cream cheese, add a little bit of whipped cream, and then sprinkle on the peanuts (and sprinkles, why not?). You can even add a drizzle of fudge if you want to make it extra special.
Jalapeño Bagel + Cheez Whiz + Jalapeños + Fritos (or Tortilla Chips)
Look, we know there’s a can of Cheez Whiz sitting in your pantry; put it to use and make some nachos—on top of your bagel. Spray the cheese on top of a jalapeño bagel, then top it with more jalapeños and some Fritos or tortilla chips for some crunch.
Plain Bagel + Nutella + Potato Chips + Pretzels
Top your toasted bagel with a generous layer of Nutella, then add anything you want. Potato chips and/or pretzels will make for a salty-sweet snack, or you can reach for bananas, cereal, candy pieces, or honey-roasted peanuts for a sweet-sweet treat.
Plain Bagel + Nutella (or Chocolate Frosting) + Mini Marshmallows
A s’more (sans campfire) for breakfast? Who could resist? Add some Nutella or chocolate frosting to your toasted bagel and then sprinkle on a handful of mini marshmallows and enjoy.
Asiago Bagel + Plain Cream Cheese + Salsa Fresca
Toast an asiago bagel and smear it with cream cheese and then add a couple spoonfuls of fresh salsa. You can even add crushed-up tortilla chips. It’s a relatively healthy snack with a dose of protein—you can’t go wrong.
Onion Bagel + Baked Beans + Bacon + Tomato Slices + Scrambled Eggs
No matter where you are, you can have an English breakfast as long as you have the right toppings. Scramble your eggs, then add them on top of a toasted onion bagel along with baked beans and a few slices of bacon and tomatoes. There’s so much going on with this bagel, you might just want to make it a sandwich.
Jalapeño Bagel + Plain Cream Cheese + Mint
The combination of a spicy jalapeño bagel, tangy cream cheese, and cooling mint will strangely tantalize your taste buds. It might seem odd at first, but trust us, it works.
Asiago Bagel + Marinara Sauce + Mozzarella + Pepperoni + Anything Else
You might think pizza bagels are just for kids, but there is a way to elevate it to match your adult-like taste. Top an asiago bagel with marinara sauce and mozzarella, then add pepperoni, basil, olives, ricotta cheese, jalapeño, and any of your other favorite pizza toppings. Stick your pizza bagel in a toaster oven or under a broiler for a couple minutes to melt the cheese and then enjoy.
If becoming a bagel chef isn’t one of your goals, you can leave it to the professionals here at BCB Café. Check us out online to see our menu—you might even find that you love one of our own combinations—or visit one of our locations to order your favorite bagel.