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A Definitive Ranking Of The Best (And Worst) Bagel Flavors

05/19/2015 07:00 am ET | Updated Sep 27, 2015

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When it comes to bagels, there are a few truths everyone has to accept. First, it's really hard to get a decent bagel outside of New York or Montreal -- despite the fact that it is scientifically possible. And two, not all bagel flavors are created equal.

It would be a beautiful world if one could order a bagel flavor on a whim and be just as pleased as if they had ordered a plain bagel. This is not the case. While some bagel flavors are so good they make everything they touch turn to gold (ahem, everything bagels), others are in fact so terrible that accidentally ordering one can ruin your day, week, or even year (ahem, blueberry).

Don't let bad bagels happen to you. We've ranked our favorites among a selection of popular bagel flavors, starting with the ones that shouldn't be touched with a 10-foot pole to flavors so good you'll request a dozen of them for special occasions. Since this is obviously a subjective ranking, we want to hear your thoughts below.

  • 13 Blueberry Bagels
    Nemo's great uncle/Flickr
    Let's be honest here, these bagels look diseased.
  • 12 Chocolate Chip Bagels
    BonzoESC/Flickr
    Chocolate chip pancakes? YES. Chocolate chip muffins? Sure. Chocolate chip bagels?? Hell to the no. Uh uh. Never. Don't do it.
  • 11 Whole Wheat Bagels
    barry.pousman/Flickr
    What are you even playing at?
  • 10 French Toast Bagels
    melissa.delzio/Flickr
    This here bagel is proof that food mashups are a dangerous game. French toast is awesome and bagels are awesome, but that doesn't mean they should become one.
  • 9 Poppyseed Bagels
    adactio/Flickr
    Every bite makes you wish it was sesame. Plus, you're guaranteed to have tiny black seeds stuck in your teeth.
  • 8 Garlic Bagels
    Mel B./Flickr
    Good, but missing something.
  • 7 Cinnamon Raisin Bagels
    Chef Cooke/Flickr
    The only sweet bagel that passes.
  • 6 Asiago Bagels
    orijinal/Flickr
    Mmmmmm, cheese.
  • 5 Sesame Bagels
    BXGD/Flickr
    Sesame for life.
  • 4 Onion Bagels
    ShellyS/Flickr
    Bold and unforgettable.
  • 3 Pumpernickel Bagels
    bionicgrrrl/Flickr
    Its deep brown color holds the promise of great meals ahead.
  • 2 Everything Bagels
    woodleywonderworks/Flickr
    It is the sum of all great bagels. The everything bagel turns everything to gold.
  • 1 Plain Bagels
    dreamcat115/Flickr
    PERFECTION. A truly great bagel doesn't need any fixings to make it shine. Remember that, folks.

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