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2005/08/15 17:42:55 (permalink)

maple leaf dogs


Hello, new to the roadfood forum. I am moving to Maine next month and am wondering does anyone know where to get Maple Leaf Hot dogs.. I see on the web site, something called top dogs.. and I dont think they are the same thing. I used to live in Marlboro, MA, and used to get them in 10 pound bags from a catering company that I used to work for..but I have been living in FLA and now in Colorado, but moving to Maine in a month.. Yeah.. I do get around...
If anyone knows of a supermarket, or store, can ya slide it to me?
Thanks...
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    tiki
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/08/15 17:53:14 (permalink)
    i grew up on these dogs--the natural casing one--my dad insisted on them--or essum's but i havent seen them in a long time--hope you find them!!
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/08/16 20:59:24 (permalink)
    roossy, I buy Maple Leaf at Hannaford's Supermarkets in NH. I know there are Hannaford's in ME, but I'm not sure if they stock Maple Leaf in all locations. Hannaford's in Northwood NH has both natural casing and skinless versions of Maple Leaf. I like 'em, but the Shields brand NC are better. This is a Maine product and available statewide. I know the Maple Leaf might be a nostalgic item, hope this helps. BigDog
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/08/17 13:25:51 (permalink)
    Welcome to Maine! I haven't seen any Maple Leaf products but you can go to Hannaford on line and place an order or Shaws on line(recently merged W/Albertsons). Unfortunately, local frankfurter manufacturers like Jordans, Kirshners and Rice have been purchased in the past year by big bad boy Tyson's Meats of Arkansas. They have closed some of the local plants and moved them out of state. Worse, they have tinkered with the formula in some of the hotdogs. I guess they wanted them to taste like something out of Arkansas.....yuk!
    I have tried, without any luck, to get Thumann's Franks here in Maine. The market is RIPE and they would take over and replace the junk we unfortunately have here now.
    On the positive side, we still have New England Hot Dog Rolls, split on top. There are numerous bakeries here in Maine making them and the supply is limitless.
    I hope this is helpful!
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/08/17 21:07:24 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by bigdog540

    roossy, I buy Maple Leaf at Hannaford's Supermarkets in NH. I know there are Hannaford's in ME, but I'm not sure if they stock Maple Leaf in all locations. Hannaford's in Northwood NH has both natural casing and skinless versions of Maple Leaf. I like 'em, but the Shields brand NC are better. This is a Maine product and available statewide. I know the Maple Leaf might be a nostalgic item, hope this helps. BigDog

    Thanks to all that replied... I have some friends in NH, but I think I can call my old friend the caterer and see if he can order me some more once I get there.. And also thanks for the hints on the buns!!
    They were foreign to me when I first saw them, coming from Fla, we have those ones that are akward with the side split.. they handle lobster rolls pretty good too!
    I cant wait to get to Maine!
    Thanks again to all the replies!
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/08/18 09:39:39 (permalink)
    I could be wrong, but I think that Maple Leaf is now made by one of the major companies. Like the lamented Jordans, many local Northeast brands have been bought out. I'll look next time I am at the store.
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/08/20 11:08:27 (permalink)
    Thanks, I should be in Maine by the 2nd week of September...The last time I had some is when I moved, and took a 10 pound bag with me and that was December 2003...
    I will check that Hannafords.. I cant believe Shaws went with Albertsons!..UGH!.. That is one grocery store I just cant stand...I will research to see what grocery stores are up there, I am moving to Freeport Maine.
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/08/20 14:58:29 (permalink)
    Back in Ipswich, MA in March, I found Maple Leafs (nat. casing, natch) at Cape Ann STar Market. I also saw the packaged, skinless variety of MLs at Shaws in Newburyport, but they were (and probably are) nowhere near as good.

    If anyone finds a place that ships Maple Leafs, please post here. I, too, used to lug 10 pounds back (to California) with me on trips east. ...Or perhaps I should just do as I've been thinking and move back east.

    I'll check out Hannfords online.

    thanks,
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/08/21 08:18:50 (permalink)
    Don't know where in Maine your moving to but in the Portland area there is a B.Js wholesale club and they carry them. But other superior brans are,PearL Brand,Old Neighoorhood, Kyem,and essem these are all Beef barkers NO fillers. I was once told by a local USDA inspector that these were the only barkers he would eat besids the kosher dogs wich are all very good except they don't use pork caseings. Maple Leaf has a lot of fillers. LoL Chow Jim
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/08/24 14:26:54 (permalink)
    I have tried Pearl, and my old boyfriend hated hot dogs, oh shame!, but when he would eat one, it would only be Pearl.. I know I have tried Kayem in the past, but cant remember the taste, and shall again, but worse comes to worse, hebrew natl is my 2nd choice. I will try others once ensconsed in my new abode.
    A lobster roll will be first though, its been almost 2 years since I have fresh Maine lobster....have to pay homage to my new home state...
    Yum..
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/08/26 13:16:14 (permalink)
    Well rossey, be prepared to $$$ dearly. The catch so far is way off for this season according to Portlands wed. newspaper. I'd rather eat bi-valves anyway. chow Jim
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/08/28 19:42:11 (permalink)
    Gotta pay the price for something ya like, I guess...
    I saw the Vienna factory on tv and its kinda gross the way they are made,
    But still gonna search for my mapleleafs, I do like the all beef's, and will try Kayem again..
    Tara
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/08/28 19:54:54 (permalink)
    http://www.seacoastonline.com/2004news/07292004/news/29269.htm

    I saw this article, since someone mentioned Sheilds Dogs...
    I will check them out also.
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/08/28 21:30:12 (permalink)
    Please post back here if you like the Shields dog -- they sound great in that article!!! I wonder if there's a store that would send some to California?

    betsy
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/09/09 22:05:00 (permalink)
    Betsey,
    I will check on it and let you know. I am now in Maine and ready to go on the hunt for my maple leafs...
    I will keep you posted..
    Tara
    (I will find out about shipping also)
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/09/09 22:06:21 (permalink)
    I am in Freeport/Yarmouth.. which is close enough to Portland....
    Tara
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/09/09 23:02:28 (permalink)
    That's great! Thank you, Tara. I am not totally wedded to the idea of Maple Leafs --- if any Maple Leaf lover finds an equally good or even better frank, well, I am open-minded. javascript:insertsmilie('')

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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/10/06 21:05:33 (permalink)
    Well,
    I just got back from checking out Gilleys and the Shields dogs...
    After three times around Old Port in Portsmouth trying to find the street, I finally found the little tiny old diner-car...its kinda cool...But the dogs are steamed and they have the proper new england bun. The dog has a unique flavor kinda hard to put my finger on, and they could use some more cooking, but they have that "snap when you bite them.
    I guess these are the remake of the old shultz dogs, which i am not familiar with..
    As far as shipping, You have to get with the sheilds people themselves, and Gilleys is just a little outlet that serves them. I will look locally to see if they have a number you can call them at.
    Personally, I think these hot dogs would be much better grilled, rolled around on a flat top..
    Tara
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/10/06 21:57:19 (permalink)
    If the Maple Leaf Hot Dogs you speak of are the ones made in Canada, here's the website. Perhaps you can call them for further info.
    http://www.mapleleaf.com/ConsumerProducts/OtherMLF/OpenBrand.aspx?ID=41
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/10/06 23:34:23 (permalink)
    Thanks. The packaging looks right but I believe the ones I am thinking of were made in Massachusetts. And, especially, they have natural casings, which the packaged Maple Leafs do not. Thanks for thinking about it, though!

    Betsy
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/10/07 09:01:22 (permalink)
    Shields Meats and Produce Inc. Kennebunk, Maine. 04043 800 559-6328


    Here is the phone number for the new shields dogs.. used to be shultz or something not totally sure..If you go back to my post for that link from Seacoast newspaper article..
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/10/07 09:07:22 (permalink)
    And, especially, they have natural casings, which the packaged Maple Leafs do not. Thanks for thinking about it, though!

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    Tara here..
    I dont think those are the ones either... but the logo is right... They were linked together also, not individually..
    I have asked Shaws here if they can get them, but no answer.. I also emailed the author of that article from seacoast online and she is researching it for me to try to find the original Mapleleafs.. She is the one that got the SHields number for me for you, Betsey.!!
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/10/07 09:14:11 (permalink)
    I just sent an email to maple leaf asking about the ones with casings that were linked together..
    I will post my answer when they reply back..
    Betsey,
    I hope you get thru to the Sheilds people.. That dog is pretty good and hardly any grease at all... and the pop when you bite them is loud. LOL..
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/10/07 09:24:41 (permalink)
    Carl's Meat Market in Kittery,Maine carries the NEW shields dogs..
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2005/10/11 11:51:57 (permalink)
    Case #10833



    Dear consumer,



    Thank you for taking the time to contact Maple Leaf.

    The above is the email I got back from the Maple Leaf people--Well, I guess the original Maple Leaf is dead.....
    Oh well....
    Tara



    Maple Leaf does not sell wieners in the United States. The product you are referring to is called Maple Leaf Franks and produced by another company. Company Russer's in Buffalo, NY at

    (716) 826-6400, however we have been advised by this company that they no longer make this product.

    Sincerely,
    Joumana Collins
    Joumana Collins
    Consumer Response Representative

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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2006/08/08 11:12:41 (permalink)
    I believe the Maple Leaf name, whose factory was in the Boston Area, was sold to Colonial many years ago. Colonial may still sell dogs under the Maple Leaf name. The consession stands at the old Boston Garden used to sell Mample Leaf hot dogs in the 60's and 70's. They were tastey, not so much the meat, but the seasoning recipe they used.
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2006/08/08 15:01:17 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by wilderrman

    I believe the Maple Leaf name, whose factory was in the Boston Area, was sold to Colonial many years ago. Colonial may still sell dogs under the Maple Leaf name. The consession stands at the old Boston Garden used to sell Mample Leaf hot dogs in the 60's and 70's. They were tastey, not so much the meat, but the seasoning recipe they used.


    Do you have anymore information on Colonial?
    These hot dogs, were linked and had the best "snap" to them when you bit into them.
    I used to get them in 10# packages from my old boss who had a catering business..
    Thanks.
    Tara
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2006/08/09 11:31:00 (permalink)
    Roosy,

    Funny, but I had been thinking about Colonial and was trying to locate them just before I read this post. I was trying to remember who originally made the store-brand Fenway Franks and I thought it might be Colonial. They were big locally in the 70s.

    Best I've been able to find out is, Colonial was bought out in the 80s by Thorne Apple Valley. Thorne Apple Valley went into bankruptcy and was bought by IBP. And, if Wikipedia is correct, IBP was bought out by...

    TYSON!

    Don't think those are going to be the Maple Leafs you're looking for.

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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2006/09/03 16:13:17 (permalink)
    Roosy,

    Curousier and curiouser. I saw Maple Leaf Franks in the deli case at Stop and Shop in Norwood (oddly enough, the Foxborough store where I usually shop doesn't have them). They had a bulk pack out. They're beef and pork with a lamb casing. Distributor is Maple Leaf Meat Products, Chelsea, MA 02150.

    But I couldn't find a phone listing for them on Verizon Superpages.
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    RE: maple leaf dogs 2006/09/06 21:12:07 (permalink)
    Good News!

    Last week while shopping at Shaws (Albertsons) Auburn Maine, I purchased some Maple Leaf Natural Casing Franks. I was very impressed. Mild flavor and the casings were not tough at all. All in all very good. Jordans Natural casings, now made by another company other than Tyson (still owned by Tyson) has also redeemed itself. These are mild beef and pork w/ tender casings that are almost revered in Northern New England. In So. New England and N.J. it seems that a more smokey flavor and tougher/snappier casing is preferred like Thumann's. If you try removing the casings they almost have to be "peeled" off unlike Jordans and Maple Leaf which can be pulled off (not that I eat them this way, just a casing test). Of course in N.Y. a garlic flavored dog like Nathans is preferred. I guess each region has its favorite. But coming from Maine, the mild beef/pork w/ a tender casing is preferred. No smoke, no garlic. Must be the long winters up here!

    Dale R
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