With the spring and summer months amongst us, I'm always on the hunt for a decent replacement to a hot dog. I do enjoy an occasional old fashioned hot dog ... but since there really is no real nutritional value from it, they're very few and far between. But with the summer months amongst us, sometimes you just want a hot dog off the grill. So I figured it was better time than never to try out the Trader Joe's All Natural Uncured Chicken Hot Dogs.
The first thing I noticed was that these particular hot dogs are more closely along the lines of your average hot dog. They're plump and they're in the same color family. These aren't a "natural casing hot dog" so don't expect a nice crunch when you bite into them. They do have a little bite to them, but it's more along the lines of a skinless hot dog bite. You can tell they're they're certainly not a pork hot dog, although I find they taste much better than beef or turkey hot dogs. They're smooth in texture and quite good for a knock at the original.
Better yet there are no nitrates or nitrites added so they're far better for you, let alone the fact the fat and calories are slashed across the board. Overall, these chicken hot dogs aren't bad. With a little ketchup, mustard and relish and a side of baked beans you're pretty much one in the crowd.
A serving, 1 hot dog, is 60 calories or 2 points plus values.