Stuffed Bagel Bites

Bantam Bagels' stuffed bagel bites come in a variety of unique flavors.
 
Bantam Bagels’ newest products are catching on quickly as the latest successful hybrid pastries in the industry. Pie-flavored mini bagels were a huge hit as a holiday snack for many in New York City. While only available in one location, the company's flagship store on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, they definitely made their mark with a wide variety of interesting flavors.
 
Among those are apple pie, pumpkin pie, and banana cream pie. The apple pie flavor is on a cinnamon-nutmeg bagel, stuffed with apple spice cream cheese and sprinkled with baked apple crisp. The pumpkin pie flavor is on a pumpkin spice bagel, stuffed with pumpkin pie-spiced cream cheese and topped with crumbled graham crackers and powdered sugar. The banana cream flavor is on a cinnamon-nutmeg bagel, stuffed with banana cream filling and drizzled with caramel.
 
This food mashup might wind up being Bantam Bagels’ latest success, following successful releases of cinnamon bun, French toast, and cookies and milk-flavored stuffed bagels.
 
The New York City-based bagel bakery, whose roots began in a small retail space in Manhattan’s charming West Village, can now be found in more than 8,000 new points of distribution, including Starbucks, QVC, Fred Meyer, and many Kroger locations. For those seeking home delivery, Bantam Bagels will send products straight to you via their newly refurbished online ordering system, which now includes flat rate shipping anywhere in the US.
 
After testing Bantam Bagels in select Starbucks locations, Bantam Bagels last fall announced that the product will be available in more than 7,000 company-operated Starbucks locations across the United States. “Starbucks is committed to supporting local entrepreneurs, and has supported our efforts to grow and develop our brand. We are proud to provide customers with a unique, quality product in Starbucks locations,” says co-owner Elyse Oleksak.

Image courtesy of Bantam Bagels
 
Different than any other New York bagel, these bite-sized wonders known as "Bantams," come stuffed with cream cheese already inside, making Bantam Bagels easy to eat on the go and perfect for anyone from kids to adults. Since opening their shop in Manhattan’s Bleecker Street, Bantam Bagels have become a New York staple, changing the way New Yorkers enjoy one of their most iconic foods: the bagel. Bursting out of the city limits, the brand is excited to share their stuffed delights with everyone looking for an authentic bite of New York.
 
Husband and wife team, Nick and Elyse Oleksak, are the owners and founders of Bantam Bagels, and are recognized entrepreneurs from ABC’s Shark Tank.
 
Starting in October 2016, frozen boxes of Bantam Bagels can be found in more than 600 grocery stores, allowing customers to access an authentic bite of NYC at home. Bantam Bagels are available in Kroger stores in Ohio and Michigan, QFC and Fred Meyer in the Pacific Northwest, Safeway stores in California, the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii, and in a number of independent grocery stores in New York, Connecticut and New England.
 
“Everyone knows New Yorkers love their bagels and that is a large part of why we decided to start our business here,” says Nick Oleksak. “We knew it would be no small task changing the way New Yorkers consumed their beloved bagel, but everyone knows that if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere,” adds Elyse. 
 
Now tasked with feeding bagel lovers from coast to coast, each and every Bantam Bagel is still made in Brooklyn NY, where the concept first emerged, and where the key ingredient – New York City tap water – is plentiful.