Eckrich Franks Review

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Another pork-based wiener boasting what one taster called a smoky flavor, some considered it just okay and others panned it.

Our Eckrich Franks review yielded one lone vote as best pork-based hot dog during a blind tasting of eight beef and pork brands. Pork dogs in general ranked low with our judges, but against that backdrop Eckrich Franks managed to command some faint praise. Some panelists declared that the wieners present "a decent smoky flavor" and overall were "OK" and "not too bad." More negative assessments broke out along the lines of "too dry" and "not very good." A double-blind tasting of 20 beef franks orchestrated by a Huffington Post contributor several years ago placed the Eckrich version among the bottom four. (We did not taste any Eckrich beef franks.)

The primary ingredient in Eckrich Franks (starting at 19 cents/serving, Amazon) is turkey, followed by pork; beef is listed as an ingredient after water, corn syrup, modified food starch, flavorings, and the like. Each dog contains 140 calories and 12 grams of fat, including 4 that are saturated. There are 450 milligrams of sodium in a serving, the equivalent of 19 percent of the recommended daily value.

Eckrich hot dogs first appeared in 1894 at a small meat market in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Owner and founder Peter Eckrich soon expanded into a second shop and opened a plant to support a growing wholesale business. In addition to the franks we tasted, the Eckrich brand encompasses a variety of hot dog types, sausages, lunch meats, deli meat, and bacon.

With mixed reviews from our panel, Eckrich emerged relatively unscathed for a pork-based wiener. If these are the type of hot dogs you want to serve, Eckrich is a good and inexpensive option. If you want a marginally better product, spend a few cents more on Ball Park (Original) Franks. Better yet, pick up a package of beef hot dogs instead.

Raechel Conover

Raechel Conover is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Yahoo, blogs, and other websites. She's a self-confessed shopaholic and frugal mom, always scouring the sale and clearance racks for deals and taking full advantage of free community activities and events with her husband and young sons.

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