Contains: Soya, Gluten
Free from: Nuts, Palm Oil
Ah the age old question: does adding artisanal in front of a product name make it better or just more expensive? Well, Tofurky gave an answer straight out of the gate – £4 will score you a whopping 4 middle finger sized wieners (that’s foreshadowing if I ever did see it). So, are the “f*ck you” inspired hotdogs worth the pound?
The short answer is no. There’s no drought of vegan sausages, you could probably replicate the Great Wall of China exclusively out of them and never use the same brand twice (and it would still cost you less a Tofurky product). That said, there’s a few things to note here as it’s not all doom and gloom. Firstly, they have a relatively sweet aroma to them that actually makes them quite appealing and they look like your everyday frankfurter. Secondly, they’re simple and can be shoved in the microwave for those days when your life feels like trash.
Tofurky usually leave a little wiggle room when it comes to product texture and these are unfortunately no different. It’s not necessarily unpleasant but it’s not a hotdog nor a sausage. At first it’s got a bit of a stretchy/spongy skin to it (again not necessarily unpleasant) and then the insides are kind of fibrous. What can definitely be said is that it’s dry. The best thing to liken its inner texture to is slightly old cake, minus the crumbling, which meant that halfway through I had to slather it in Veganaise. Altogether though, the texture actually kind of works. I’d have to say it’s agreeable at best and manages to hold a place in the rankings, albeit not high.
Spinach pesto is definitely present in terms of taste and not overpoweringly so but the sausage’s lack of moisture doesn’t help spread the flavour around. Other than that there’s certain blandness to it as well that makes you think “Ah yes. Unidentifiable sandwich filling, always a great choice.” There’s nothing really unique or anything that pops out in Tofurky’s franks, they just simply lack more to them. They’re like hanging out with someone you’re indifferent to but only because it’s better than being alone.
- My Rating: 3/5
- Omnivore Score: 2/5
- Overall: 2.5/5
Find this product at: Holland & Barret, http://www.planetorganic.com, and various health food stores.