(Good &) deLish is one of Walgreen’s food brands, along with Nice! and a couple others. They have a lot of heat and eat foods in their coolers these days, including burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and appetizers. I’ve tried the burgers and the pizza.
These hot dog puffs come in a pack of 8 for $2.50 6.4 ounces), on the shelf next to them were boneless wings and spanakopita. The selling points on the package here are “no preservatives, artificial colors, flavors or high fructose corn syrup.”
They are further advertised as “uncured beef mini franks wrapped in a flaky butter puff pastry.”
Ingredient list: Puff Pastry , (Enriched Unbleached Wheat Flour , (Wheat Flour , Malted Barley Flour , Niacin , Reduced Iron , Thiamin Mononitrate , Riboflavin , Folic Acid) , Butter (Pasteurized Cream) , (Beef , Beef , water , Contains Less Than 2% of the Following , Contains Less Than 2% of the Following) , (Allspice , Celery Juice Powder , Evaporated Cane Syrup , Garlic Powder , Ginger , Honey , Lactic Acid Starter Culture (Not from dairy) , Mustard , Nutmeg , Onion Powder , Paprika , Pepper , Sea Salt).
Celery juice is the “new MSG” doncha know? Wish they didn’t have cane syrup and honey in them, but oh well.
Instructions call for 18-20 minutes in a pre-heated 375 oven. After 18 minutes, they were only at the soggy dough factor. (Left). So I tried for another ten minutes (28 total). Then another five minutes. I’ve heard of “your results may vary,” but this seems a little extreme! After 32 minutes they had (sort of) crisped up and were showing signs of their advertised “flaky pastry.” But they certainly don’t look like the ones on the package but that’a a curse of our society in general, things are just not like they are advertised (including people). *Yes, my $7000 oven is calibrated).
Fortunately I had made a couple of gallons of chicken and dumplings today, so I wasn’t going to starve.
I waited a few minutes before sampling to see if that mattered. It didn’t. The franks have good flavor, but the ‘blankets’ never got crispy. So I’ve tried ’em, won’t buy them again.
BTW, you know a frozen pasty that really rocks? Try Trader Joe’s Chocolate Croissants. Really.
According to the USDA establishment number on the package ( 31924), these babies are made for Walgreens by Pegasus Foods of Los Angeles. Pegasus says they make premium ethnic, Mediterranean, and gourmet food of different ilks. They apparently do a large contract manufacturing business, in addition to Walgreens, they work for Cinnabon and Melrose Kitchen.
They started in 1998 as a contract manufacturer specializing in filo dough products.
And now you now “the rest of the story.”
DeLish Hot Dog Puffs