This is the second in our series of reviews of vegan hot dog brands that are also gluten-free. Sweet Earth hot dogs are not intentionally gluten-free, and maybe not even intentionally vegan, but happily they are both vegan and gluten-free. As we mention in our introduction to the vegan gluten-free hot dogs review series, there are three brands that are both vegan and gluten-free: Moving Mountains (available only at Costco online), Yeah Dawg, and these, Sweet Earth hot dogs. We started off with our review of the Moving Mountains hot dogs, and will finish up with our review of the Yeah Dawg hot dogs. But now, let’s get on to Sweet Earth vegan hot dogs (which are, again, gluten-free by accident).
When it comes to the Sweet Earth line, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that their hot dogs are vegan and gluten-free. The less good news is that this is not the case for the vast majority of their products, in fact, in the Sweet Earth FAQ they state plainly about the vegan aspect that “We are continuously working to create more vegan options and our product line is 70% vegan. Currently there are no plans in the immediate future to eliminate eggs or cheese from some of our products. We use cage-free eggs for more than just a sales tactic. We feel they play an important role in igniting the initial spark that can cause many people, who would otherwise refuse to even consider vegan products, to start eating more thoughtfully and in a way this is better for their bodies and our Earth.”
And, with respect to gluten, they say that “Many of our products contain Seitan, which is made primarily from vital wheat gluten. See product packaging for most up to date nutritional and ingredient information.” On the other hand, they also say that all of their ingredients are non-GMO and that “the majority are organic”.
The bad news, if you are the sort of person who cares about these things, is that Sweet Earth is owned by Nestle.
Our Review of Sweet Earth Gluten-Free Vegan Hot Dogs
The ingredients in the Sweet Earth vegan hot dogs are: water, canola oil, carrageenan, potato protein isolate, pea starch, salt, dextrose, spirit vinegar powder, pea protein isolate, autolyzed yeast extract, natural flavor (yeast extract, natural flavor, caramelized sugar, succinic acid, tartaric acid, citric acid), vegetable juice color, spices, citrus fiber, citric acid, methylcellulose, corn starch, smoke flavoring
(Source: Sweet Earth website)
Frankly (no pun intended) we find the fact that the second ingredient is canola oil to be unsavory (no pun intended there either).
We’re not gonna lie, the Sweet Earth hot dogs are among the tastiest vegan hot dogs we’ve had, and definitely one of the tastiest among the vegan hot dogs that are also gluten-free. They are not bland, yet they are also not spicy. They basically taste like a hot dog should.
Here too, the Sweet Earth hot dogs stand out – they aren’t mushy, when you bite into them you know that you are biting into something, sort of al dente.
While the Moving Mountains hot dogs are supposed to be boiled, the Sweet Earth hot dogs are supposed to be pan-fried. In fact we reached out to Sweet Earth and asked them if their hot dogs could be boiled, and they responded “We haven’t tested that method of preparation, so we’d be unable to guarantee they would cook correctly.”
The directions for cooking the Sweet Earth hot dogs are: “Preheat pan on medium. Coat pan with oil and pan-fry links for 8-10 minutes or until heated through, turning links often.”
In fairness to the Moving Mountains hot dogs, some part of the difference in texture, and even flavor, between them and the Sweet Earth hot dogs is likely attributable to the difference in mandated cooking methods.
The Sweet Earth vegan hot dogs are more flavorful, and when chomped on have a more satisfying texture, than the Moving Mountains hot dogs. The Sweet Earth hot dogs are also the least costly of the 3 brands available in stores or online; at Krogers King Soopers, for example, they are $7.49 for a 4-pack, so $1.88 per hot dog. However, between the Sweet Earth and Moving Mountains, all things being equal (which they aren’t, but if they were) our personal preference is the Moving Mountains hot dogs, as their ingredients are cleaner and they are intentionally vegan. But isn’t it nice to have options? :~)
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Sweet Earth Vegan Gluten-Free Hot Dog
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