Despite the diversity in preferences, the survey uncovered no shortage of strong opinions. The Great Bagel Debate has gone beyond flavours and toppings to pronunciation! Potato, pot-ah-to, tomato, tom-ah-to, bay-gel or bah-gel? It turns out, the vast majority (83 per cent) of bagel enthusiasts pronounce bagel as BAY-gel, rather than BAH-gel.
When it comes to toppings, a whopping 73 per cent give it to cream cheese. Butter follows in a close second at 69 per cent and cheddar cheese takes third place at 59 per cent. In addition to these tried-and-true toppings, other strange-ish contenders include mustard (18 per cent), guacamole (18 per cent), pickles (15 per cent) and even pesto (10 per cent).
When asked to choose a certain time of day, mornings are the winner, with 65 per cent seeing bagels as a breakfast-only meal. This also begs the question - sweet or savoury? When asked to decide, it turns out a majority (53 per cent) choose savoury bagels over those that are either sweet (16 percent) or both (31%).
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