If there’s anything we learned on National Bagel Day on Wednesday, February 9, it’s that Dunkin’ Donuts fans are extremely passionate about their beloveDD bagels. In order to properly “toast” our freshly-baked bagels, we took to Facebook and Twitter yesterday to give our fans something to chew on.
On Facebook, we sparked a “heated” debate by posing the seemingly innocent question - Do you prefer your bagel toasted or untoasted? A whopping 85 percent of respondents favor biting into a warm, toasted bagel. We also received over 300 comments from DD bagel fans, providing interesting insight into what makes their toasted bagel so special:
- Stephie Silva: Toasted is always the best, unless you ppl can grill it!
- Rhonda Chevis: It just slides down better when toasted!
- Corinne A Jose: - a toasty bagel with butter is the stuff my dreams are made of!
On Twitter, we put our followers’ bagel savvy to the test by asking a seemingly simple question - How many poppy seeds are on a typical DD Poppy Seed bagel? Hundreds guessed, but only one could win a $100 DD Card. The answer? An incredible 7,704 poppy seeds! And yes, we did work with our R&D team to ensure that number was factually correct. Congrats to @MeganMcMan for the closest guess and winning the coveted prize!
In addition to connecting with bagel fans throughout the day, we shared a bunch of bagel fun facts. Here’s five bagel fun facts to chew on – you can thank Maria Balinska, author of “The Bagel: The Surprising History of a Modest Bread,” the next time you surprise and delight someone with your bagel savvy!
- In 1951, in an article about a bagel bakers’ strike, The New York Times provided a pronunciation guide (“baygle”) and defined it as a “glazed surfaced roll with the firm white dough.”
- Until the 1960s, bagels were mostly produced and consumed in New York City, by the Local 338 Bagel Bakers, which controlled the production of bagels.
- The first evidence of the bagel’s existence dates from 1610 in Poland, in the royal city of Krakow.
- Millions of bagels are consumed every day across the United States and sales are estimated to be worth over $900 million annually.
- "Bagel girl" is a new Korean term to describe female celebrities.
Thanks again for celebrating National Bagel Day on Wednesday, February 9 with us! If you haven’t already, leave a comment below and let us know what you’re favorite Dunkin’ Donuts bagel is!