Through a little research. Freihofer's sells both their rolls in groups of 8. The New England bag is heavier. A single New England roll is 43g, the regular roll is 37g. Suggesting to me, that their New England roll is done correctly as the denser product.
Scorereader, unfortunately those two b****** bakers, George Weston and IBC, are corrupting the New England hot dog roll. I have already posted that Weston has dropped the weight of all their hot dog roll packages (except Arnold) to 11 ounces. I realize there are still a few different nuitrition listings for Weston's Freihofer hot dog rolls on the web. However, in samples I purchased in Yonkers, NY recently, the weight (11 oz), ingredient list, and nuitrition info for the side sliced and New England Style 8 pack of hot dog rolls were exacty the same.
Ingredients: Enriched Wheat Flour (flour, malted barely flour, reduced iron, niacin, thiamin mononitrate (vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), folic acid), water, high fructose corn syrup, yeast, soybean oil, salt, wheat gluten, monoglycerides, calcium propionate (preservative), calcium sulfate, datem, grain vinegar, monocalcium phosphate, soy lecithin, azodicarbonamide, soy flour.
Serving size 1 roll 39 gram
Servings per container 8
calories 110 clories from fat 15
total fat 1.5g 2%
saturated fat 0g 0%
trans fat 0g
Choleststrol 0mg 0%
Sodium 210mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 7%
dietary fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g 4%
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Folic Acid 10%
The top sliced buns are smaller in size and have less air than the side sliced, but when I eat the top sliced buns, they had nearly identical "chew" to the side sliced.
I also had a sample of LePage's New England style buns private labeled for Big Y supermarkets. These were more dense than Freihofer, but couldn't compare them to side sliced Big Y buns. Nonetheless, they reminded me of white bread dough.
I tried to get IBC's Nissen buns, but you can't find them in southern Connecticut anymore. Scuttlebutt on a "IBC sucks" message board indicates IBC is cheapening Nissen formulations.
The only other major players up there are Gold Medal and Homestead. Again, I have been unable to get a sample of those two brands. I will provide updates as I find more current samples.
For those folks for want to order by mail, here is the successor to mapleandmore.com: http://nehotdogrolls.webs.com/
ADDENDUM: I didn't find this out until 11/20/2009, but Weston of Canada sold their US fresh baked goods line to Mexican-owned BIMBO Bakeries early in 2009.
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