Buffalo Spree Magazine recently set up a taste test of hot dogs in the Buffalo area. The test not only included hot dogs produced and available throughout Western New York. Seven products were tested for taste, texture, “snap,” skin and seasoning.
In the blind taste test, samples of each hot dog were char-grilled and Spree’s panel of seven judges were asked to rate each category on a scale from 1 to 5. Some judges opted to eat their hot dogs with buns, others opted for the hot dog without outside flavor influence.
According to the panel, Sahlen’s natural casing hot dog was the undisputed winner.
“The winner came out on top in taste and seasoning and was seen as more flavorful and tightly encased than the others,” wrote Margaret Toohey. “It also lacked the general mushiness some dogs have.”
The panel, who consisted of Buffalo-area business people, arts executives and a caterer, were unanimous in deciding what Western New York have generally known and agreed upon for 150 years. Sahlen’s hot dogs unique flavor and quality are unmatched.
Read the entire Hot Dog Showdown article on Buffalo Spree.