Imported to the U.S.A. from Vienna. A bagel is a dense and chewy bread product with a browned and sometimes crisp exterior in the shape of a ring. Legend has it that a Jewish baker in Vienna invented bagels in 1683. It was a bread created in the form of a stirrup for King Johan Sobieski of Poland - a particularly renowned horseman - as a token of gratitude for saving the city from Turkish invaders. Over time, the shape evolved into a circle with a hole in the centre. Bagels were particularly popular in Jewish communities all over Europe, and so it moved with them when they immigrated to America in the early 20th century.