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Kosher Hotdog Musical Chairs (and no Nathan's)

embee | Mar 20, 200809:12 PM

(Moderators: Please do not move this to the kosher board. It is for the general Toronto audience)

Having concluded that the Nathan's franks promised by their Alberta distributor aren't coming to the GTA, I looked around again at the depressing options.

Johnsonville beef franks got some good US press, but the company said they send only pork products to Canada and this won't change. The Ball Park natural casing beef franks from London seem to have disappeared. The Moishe's Angus franks were pulled - too expensive said the company.

With all this bad news, I was surprised to suddenly see new kosher options in some Toronto stores. At least, I thought I did. But looking around more closely, I'm not sure.

The widely available Baldwin St brand has never been a favourite, though others on this board disagree. I find these devoid of quality defects, but also devoid of taste. Today I noticed a significant change on the label. The kosher certification, previously COR, is now MK. Looking more closely, the company address is a new one on Cumberland St. So Baldwin's, previously made on Toronto's Bridgeland Av (I assume the Shefa plant) are now made somewhere in Quebec and may or may not have changed hands.

One new brand, Delancy, sports the COR logo and the Bridgeland Av address previously printed on the Baldwin label. The second new brand (I think called Uncle Ken's - or something similar) had jazzy high-end packaging that implied "gourmet". However, closer inspection revealed a very low fat emphasis and that same Bridgeland Av address. I've seen these at Summerhill Market, Nunzio's, and several Jewish stores.

Does anyone know what's going on here and, more importantly, has anyone tried the "new" Baldwin's or either of the new Bridgeland Av brands? I'm wimping out here - I've spat out and thrown away too many hotdogs to go through it again.

My last taste test was Minsky's from Montreal (a few months back). They looked appetizing in their package. I grilled. I chomped. I spat. Yuk.

The search continues

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