Health Nut Cream Cheese - Hell Yeah It's Vegan!
When I was little, there was a bagel shop nearby that my mother would take me to on special occasions. She would order a bowl of soup and a bagel, and I would get a cinnamon raisin bagel with Health Nut Cream Cheese. In retrospect, the moniker is a bit puzzling, as it was not exactly, uh, “healthy” per se. But it was the early nineties, so I guess anything brown with vegetables in it was likely to pass as “health food.” You may have heard of Lender’s bagels; they pioneered the sale of frozen bagels, helping to popularize bagels across the United States, and were ultimately bought out by Kraft, who’s been packaging clammy, pre-sliced, perpetually freezer-burned bagels under the name ever since. So I guess you could arguably blame Lender’s for the corruption of the bagel and the existence of pallid, bready, crustless bagels sold across the country (Midwest, I’m lookin’ at you!). As it turns out, Lender’s was founded by Harry Lender in New Haven in 1927, just a hop and a skip from where I grew up. After immigrating to the U.S. from Poland, he bought a bakery for $600. His sons took over the business …
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