Taste Test: Battle of the Upstate New York Hot Dogs


Brand Price Description Tasters' Comments Score
Wegmans White Bockwurst Style Hot Dogs, Natural Casing 1-pound package $3.49. Thick, short, white links, a mixture of pork, beef and veal. The tasters' favorite hot dog. Comments ranged from great to excellent. Good crunch, smoky fl avor, great texture and aroma. Not a traditional hot dog; it’s similar to bratwurst. 9
Wegmans White Bockwurst Style Hot Dogs, Skinless 1-pound package, $3.39. Thick, short, white links, a mixture of pork, beef and veal. Tasters split on this one. Everyone preferred the crunch of the Wegmans Natural Casing version, but some also liked this skinless version. 8
Hofmann Hot Reds (also known as Hofmann's German Brand Franks) $3.99 per pound, also available at hofmannsausage.com. Long, thin, red links, a mixture of beef, pork and veal. "Syracuse" style. The tasters liked this one although they didn’t love the texture, which was softer than the traditional all-beef frank. It had a real "ballpark" fl avor. A bit greasy, but good for kids. 7
Hofmann White Snappy $3.99 per pound, also available at hofmannsausage.com. Long, thin, white links, a mixture of pork and veal. Another "Syracuse" dog. Similar to weisswurst, a tender veal sausage. Spicy with hints of mustard; defi nitely an adult taste. 7
Wegmans Red Hot Dogs, Natural Casing Frankfurts 1-pound package, $3.49. Thick, short, red links, a mixture of pork and beef. Basic ballpark style dog would appeal to kids. Smells like a hot dog, looks like a hot dog; a safe choice. 6
Zweigle’s Natural Casing Pop Open White Hots (Cooked Sausage) 1-pound package, $3.99, also available at newyorkstyledeli.com. Thick, short, white links, a mixture of pork, beef and veal. Tasters were split. Some thought this one was good and some thought it was bland and rubbery. 6
Zweigle’s Skinless White Hots (Cooked Sausage) 1-pound package, $3.89, also available at newyorkstyledeli.com. Thick, short white links, a mixture of pork, beef and veal. Salty and tasted like ground sage. 5
Zweigle’s Natural Casing Pop Open Texas Hots Brand Frankfurts 1-pound package, $3.99, also available at newyorkstyledeli.com. Thick, short, red links, a mixture of pork and beef. A bad version of a ballpark-style dog: greasy, rubbery with an undesirable flavor. 2

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