Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tofu Dog Wars - Who's is Best?

Last week I had a bunch of teen agers coming over for a party. I was trying to find an easy way to feed this army of boys. Of course hot dogs came to mind. They can be cooked on the grill quickly (an important feature in 100+ AZ weather). The trick for me was that all the neighborhood kids know that I do not eat meat, which makes their noses crinkle quite often. So I wanted to make the veggie dog experience fun. In the spirit of adventure I devised a blind taste test of three brand of tofu dogs to see which one meat eaters preferred.

My local Whole Foods had three different brands (pictured above). All the dogs were cooked on an outdoor grill. They were cut into bite sized pieces for all to try naked (the dogs, not the peeps). This may not have been the best option, because hot dogs really need the fixings to taste good in my opinion. But who am I to say? I never really liked hot dogs of the meaty variety all that much either. But that could be because I found out how they were made at a rather tender young age. 

I'm not sure if it was bias on my testers' part because they knew they were veggie dogs or if the results were truly accurate. No one really cared too much for any of the selections. I had a rather large plate of hot dogs left over, which with 10 hungry teen aged boys is not a good sign. There was a clear winner amonth the three. The Yves Jumbo dogs recieved the most votes by a great majority. They had the most realistic texture and the best flavor overall. Fred likes to have some quick protien available for busy days. I do buy him tofu dogs on occassion. After this test, he will be getting Yves from now on.

 The Tofurkey dogs were the loser with only one vote. Most of the crowd thought the flavor, color and texture of the Tofurkey dogs was odd and gross. No one really commented on the Litelife Smart Dogs.

So what have we learned from all of this? Don't let your neighbor kids know you don't eat meat before serving them hot dogs. Do not serve tofu pups naked. If you are going to enjoy a pre-packaged tube steak, try Yves Jumbo dogs. Don't forget the brat relish from American Vegan Kitchen. That stuff will make any dog taste like a million!


  1. This is so funny as just this morning I started planning to write up a taste test for these three brands' version of breakfast links. Of course, I am going to do the judging myself...hahahaha!

    I actually like the Tofurky dogs and better than the Smart Dogs, so those are usually my go-to ones. BUT, I don't think I've ever tried the Yves ones. Although, I was not really a hot dog person to begin with, so who knows what that means.

  2. What a fun, creative idea for teenagers!

  3. I can't wait to see your comparison Kenike. I like to make my own breakfast sausages, but would love to know which one is best in a pinch. I love Gimme Lean Italian style sausage for dinner stuffs.

    Tami - this was the same night we tried both BBQ sauces and the ribs.

  4. I like the smart dogs, but mainly because they are lower in fat. I have never had them plain, but I guess since I haven't eaten a real hot dog since I was 10 I really have no recolection of what they really taste like. (:

  5. I like the idea of a naked taste test! I guess you couldn't really do that with kids though...

  6. I've never been happy with any of the vegan brands of hot dogs either. I've stopped buying them completely, and only get the Field Roast sausages now. Those are AMAZING. But yes, someone really needs to develop a good vegan hot dog.

  7. I'll have to try the field roast. I am a fan of the Tofurkey brats and Italian Sausage.