Sunday, June 12, 2011

Product Review & Giveaway - Dempster's Thin Bagels

Over the course of this past winter I managed to put on a few unwanted extra pounds.  My willpower is weak when it comes to carbs you see. Especially during the cold winter months comfort food for me comes in the form of pastas and breads. And I love to start my day with a toasted cinnamon raisin bagel and cream cheese. Yummy.  If only carbs weren't so brutal on my waistline I'd be a happy girl.

Well, there are companies out there who are working on improving the healthiness of carb-rich foods - by including whole grains, reducing fats and calories,etc. One of these is Maple Leaf Foods.  Their Dempster's brand has recently launched a new product line - Thin Bagels. The line includes three varieties - White with Wholegrains, Multigrain, and (my fave) Cinnamon Raisin. Each bagel has only 100 calories, less than half the calories of a regular bagel. They are low in saturated fat, contain no trans fats and no cholesterol. And they taste great!

I tried all three varieties today. Yup. Three bagels in one day. BUT, that amounted to only 300 calories, so I wasn't worried. I toasted a Multigrain and a Cinnamon Raisin this morning and tried each with light cream cheese. Both varieties tasted great and satisfied my carb cravings, but the Cinnamon Raisin was definitely my favourite. The sweetness of the raisins is a great taste in the morning. These Thin Bagels are indeed quite thin, so be careful when toasting. You don't want them to get too crispy.(Or maybe you do - to each her own!) I lowered my toaster setting by one notch and they turned out great. I will say that they were a little more difficult to fish out of my toaster because of their size, but that wasn't a big deal. My toaster is sized for regular bagels, so these guys moved around in there a little, but still toasted evenly.

For lunch I made a sandwich with mayo, lettuce, tomato and salami, on the White with Wholegrain. Fabulous sandwich! I am not a big fan of sandwiches usually, but the size of this bagel made for a good taste balance of fillings vs. bready exterior. And the bagel held the contents with no troubles, in spite of its thinness.

The bottom line for me? Dempster's Thin Bagels gave me the bagel taste I was looking for, sated my carb craving, and did it with less than half the calories and carbs I would get from my regular bagels. I'm all over that - anything that can help me control my caloric intake and start working on dropping some of this winter weight and keep it off, while still enjoying some favourite foods.

And a bonus? Because these bagels are thin and have only 100 calories each, they will make a great snack or breakfast for Little Boo. The size fits him and his appetite, and the thin profile makes them easy for his little mouth to bite.

Dempster's Thin Bagels are available in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada in the bakery sections of major grocery chains.

Want more information? Check out the Maple Leaf Foods website:

Would you like to try these too? Please leave me a comment below telling me which of the three varieties you think you'd like most.  I'll be selecting 3 winners using Each winner will receive 2 coupons, each good for a free package of Dempster's new Thin Bagels. These coupons expire at the end of June, so this will be a quick contest - closes at 12:00 midnight EDT, June 15. Winners will be notified by email on June 16, and we'll hope for no postal strike so I can get the coupons to you in time!! Contest is open to Canadian residents only.

Disclosure: I am reviewing this product as a member of the Maple Leaf Connects Product Tester Panel. Maple Leaf provided me with a free sample package of each variety of these thin bagels, and has provided the coupons for additional free product for my readers. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.


  1. Hey Deb! I'm so happy to find you here! I've bookmarked your site so i can follow you.

  2. Anonymous10:11 am

    Oh! A contest right up my alley! I love bagels and cream cheese! My favourite is definitely the multigrain.

    Have you tried the weight watchers bagels? I'm curious as to how they compare taste wise.

  3. Anonymous2:57 pm

    I think I would like the white with whole grains the best. karasceviour at hotmail dot com

  4. Cinnamon raisin is my favorite. Toasted with a little butter is a great snack!

  5. I think I would enjoy the multigrain bagel the most.


  6. I'd love to try the whole grain ones!

  7. I think I'd love the Dempster’s® Thin Bagels - Multigrain ones the most.
    jenyasha87 at hotmail dot com

  8. Cinnamon raisin Mmmmm

  9. I would love to try the Cinnamon Raisin bagel, they sound so yummy. We love Cinnamon bread in this house so I would imagine we would love these too.

  10. Anonymous11:54 am

    Cinnamon Raisin..Mmmm the Best!!

  11. Anonymous11:57 am

    cinnamon raisin are always a winner! :)
    javalu333 at yahoo dot ca

  12. Whole wait...cinnamon..oh no plain..oh do I have to make a decisson? Oh this is just to hard. ALL OF THEM there I did it! :0)

  13. Michelle1:24 pm

    My favorite is Whole Grain toasted with a lot of plain cream cheese spread on it. I could eat this anytime of the day, its not just for breakfast. Too good to only have for breakfast.

  14. Cheryl2:06 pm

    I think I would really like the Whole Grain. But as a treat it would have to be cinnamon for sure. What a great way to start the day.

  15. I love the cinnamon raisin ones in the morning they make the house smell wonderful when they are toasting and get the kids running to the table for breakfast

  16. I think I would love to try Dempster's® Thin Bagels - White with WholeGrains.It would be wonderful to win some coupons. :)

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  18. I'm a huge fan, like you, of the cinnamon raisin! My fave!

  19. Cinnamon Raisin is my favourite!

    tleesfb at yahoo dot ca

  20. darlene12:58 pm

    i would love to try these have my wedding in august and need to lose a couple of pounds


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