The Great NYC Scooped Bagel Scandal, When One TikToker’s Request Shook the Big Apple!

New York City, the city that never sleeps, is famous for its towering skyscrapers, iconic landmarks, and, of course, its bagels. If you’ve ever been to the Big Apple, you know that New Yorkers take their bagels as seriously as their pizza.

So, when a Californian TikToker waltzed into an NYC bagel shop demanding a “scooped, gluten-free” bagel, chaos ensued, and the bagel heavens trembled!

Meet Taylor Offer, a fashion executive who thought he could order whatever he wanted in the city that prides itself on its tough, no-nonsense attitude.

Little did he know that the mere mention of a “scooped bagel” would unleash a bagelgeddon of epic proportions.

The Quest for the Scooped Bagel

It all started when Taylor Offer, a TikTok user with a penchant for bagel-based dietary preferences, decided to tackle one of New York’s greatest mysteries: the enigma of scooped bagels.

In his viral TikTok video, viewed over five million times, he shared his ordeal, which began innocently enough:

“There’s nothing more stressful than ordering a bagel in New York City. I just went to a bagel shop here… I just walked in and asked for a scooped gluten-free bagel, a guy just looked at me and said, ‘I’m not scooping your f.king bagel [brother]. Get the f.* out of here with that s.t.'”

Clearly, Taylor wasn’t expecting such a vehement reaction to his simple request. But this incident got us thinking, what on earth is a scooped bagel, and why is it such a big deal in the city that birthed the cronut?

The Art of the Scooped Bagel

For those uninitiated in the ways of the New York bagel, let’s dive into the peculiar universe of scooped bagels. A scooped bagel is, quite literally, a bagel shell with most of the soft bread within it removed.



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It’s like the bagel equivalent of a ’90s CD player that removes the crusty interior, leaving you with an empty, crispy vessel of bread. Now, Taylor Offer’s request for a “scooped, gluten-free” bagel doesn’t sound all that outrageous, right?

People choose scooped bagels for a variety of reasons. Some believe it helps with weight loss or consumng fewer carbs, while others are looking to make room for more scrumptious fillings.

Taylor Offer
Taylor Offer (Image Via @tayloroffer/TikTok)

Imagine a bagel, but now with extra space for cream cheese, smoked salmon, or any other delectable toppings that your heart (and stomach) desires. It’s like a bagel’s way of saying, “Let’s make more room for flavor.”

The NYC Bagel Dilemma: To Scoop or Not to Scoop?

It’s no secret that bagels are a beloved staple in NYC, and New Yorkers have strong opinions about how their bagels should be prepared.

Some bagel aficionados might argue that scooping bagels detract from the flavor of the dish. It’s like saying, “Let’s have the pizza but without the cheese.” Sacrilege!

But ordering bagels with the option to have them scooped is not an alien concept in the city.

Some bagel shops do offer this option for those who want it. However, others may be staunchly against the practice, considering it bagel blasphemy.

After all, bagel purists believe that scooping bagels change their essence, like replacing the Statue of Liberty’s torch with a selfie stick.

The great NYC bagel debate continues, with New Yorkers passionately advocating for their preferred way to bagel. You can almost hear the echoes of “To scoop or not to scoop, that is the question.”

The Scoop on Scooped Bagels’ Nutrition

If you’re concerned about the calories, carbs, or other nutrients of a scooped bagel, we have to break it to you: there’s no easy answer. Bagels’ nutritional value varies significantly depending on their size and type.

The amount scooped out can also impact the nutritional profile, so there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. And yes, that means you can’t have your (scooped) bagel and eat it too without considering the nutritional implications.

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