|Place of origin||United States|
|Main ingredients||Wheat dough, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, black sesame seeds, dried garlic, dried onion, occasionally red pepper flakes, occasionally coarsely-ground salt|
An everything bagel is a type of bagel baked with a large variety of toppings. The exact ingredients vary depending on the vendor, but toppings commonly include poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onion flakes, garlic flakes, sunflower seeds, caraway seeds, pretzel salt, and black pepper. The bagels are made with regular dough, and the name does not refer to any fillings.
The everything bagel inspired other bread creations with similar toppings, such as everything bagel chips, everything croissants, everything rolls, everything roti, everything fusilli, and everything hot dog buns. Even mixed nuts have been flavored with the mixture. It is offered by many bakeries and fast casual restaurants. Its origins are disputed, but it was likely first created sometime between 1973 and 1980.
The origin of the everything bagel is disputed. Food historian Maria Balinska, author of The Bagel: The Surprising History of a Modest Bread, said the time period was one of experimentation in bagel flavors.
David Gussin claims he invented it sometime around 1980. According to Gussin, he developed the idea for the everything bagel one day while sweeping up leftover bagel toppings from the oven. Instead of disposing of the leftover toppings, Gussin saved them in a bin and convinced the store owner to make bagels with them.
Others who have claimed to have invented the everything bagel include American restaurateur Joe Bastianich and sports marketer Brandon Steiner. In his blog, Seth Godin said he worked in a bagel factory that produced everything bagels two years before Gussin. Brandon Steiner, however, believes his invention at a bakery in 1973 predates all the others. In a 2016 blog post, Steiner writes:
"One night I was screwing around with different combinations of toppings – sesame, salt, poppy, onion and garlic – making braids, onion flats, and other unorthodox concoctions. Then, after a while, I had the thought to throw all the toppings on a bagel at once. That’s how I invented the everything bagel. This was 1973; I was 14."
Gussin recognizes the possibility that others could have invented the combination before him, however he is adamant that he was the first to coin the name "everything bagel".
The everything bagel typically contains anywhere from 210 to 280 calories per serving consisting almost entirely of carbohydrates. Everything bagels contain about 2 grams of fat consisting of mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat. In addition, everything bagels are a source of iron and calcium. The amount of sugar in the everything bagel typically ranges from 4 grams to 9 grams.