This Bagel Bites Oral History Recounts the Creation of One of Humanity’s Greatest Achievements

The pizza is amazing. The bagels are also fantastic. And yet, for some reason, it wasn’t until 1982 that an ingenious entrepreneur thought of combining the two into a singular delicacy that can be enjoyed morning, evening, or dinnertime. Before this pivotal moment in human history, you couldn’t have pizza all the time – because pizza wasn’t available on a bagel.

More than MEL Magazine, writer Brian VanHooker spoke with the alchemists who brought this wonderful food to life. It’s a surprisingly interesting story, especially since the men behind Bagel Bites aren’t even fans of their own food.

“You’re not going to believe this”, Stanley Garczynski, the co-creator of Bagel Bitessaid with a pause, “but I hate pizza.”

Despite the fact that he – together with his business partner Bob Mosher – presented one of the best known pizza products in history, Garczynski never really took a liking to it. “People ask me all the time, ‘How many bites of bagel did you eat?’ and I say, ‘Not a lot,'” he told me. At most, he’ll get a single slice of pizza when his wife or two sons order it, but that’s about it.

As for his own invention, he certainly tried them — particularly in the mid-1980s, when he and Mosher first experimented with their recipe — but he never went crazy for the miniature pizza bagels like millions children, students and just about everyone. else did. This may seem incongruous to the origin of Bagel Bites, but it’s also a testament to their genius – almost everyone loves pizza, and the simple genius of gourmet pizzas on a mini bagel was such an inspired idea that even a guy who wasn’t crazy about it could see the potential.

If I’m overselling, it’s because of Lender’s Bagels in Hartford, Connecticut. As someone who grew up in the 80s in Connecticut, I always had a strong affinity for their mini bagels, but I had no idea they played such an important role in bringing pizza to my little one. -lunch.

How Bagel Bites took a (small) bite out of snacking history [Brian VanHooker / MEL Magazine]