A bagel and cream cheese is one of those classic combinations that can do no wrong in our eyes. Except when it goes so, so wrong. There are certain bagels out there that make us want to run and hide, and certain cream cheese flavors that risk turning us off of cream cheese forever.
We just can't get behind wet and fruity flavored cream cheese. There's a difference between cream cheese frosting and the cream cheese you spread on your bagel. That difference is a big one. If there's ever any confusion, your cream cheese should be savory. It should be plain or contain a very restricted number of ingredients, including scallions, vegetables, and that's pretty much it. If you see maple cream cheese and get confused all of a sudden, allow us to clarify so that you avoid making a terrible mistake: maple cream cheese frosting is awesome. You can eat it on cakes, for dessert. Maple cream cheese is a crime against humanity. Remember, that bagel is for breakfast.
Why someone would ruin a perfectly good plain bagel and cream cheese with blueberries is beyond us, and yet morning after morning, someone's buying that blueberry bagel.
Here are 12 bagels and cream cheese flavors that should never exist.