Question: I was at a kiddush recently and I was told that the bagels were mezonot. I don’t like bagels so I didn’t partake but then it hit me. How can bagels possibly be considered mezonot? They look exactly like regular run of the mill bagels.
Answer: So as to bless Hamotzi on a bagel it has to be made with water. If a bagel is made with fruit juice or eggs and sugar instead than its blessing is Mezonot. If one is Kove'ah Se'udah (eaten as a meal) on the bagels or on any other "Pat Haba Bkisnin" one should make Hamotzi. Of course the Halachot are not simple and it is important for one to learm them,