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05 February 2003 — Mini Bagel Dogs (15)

Custom Box Service runs a cafeteria of sorts for its employees. Every week, I make a trip to Costco to restock the fridge and cupboards. The Schwan's man comes once a month.

You might think that a group of Mexican guys would eat a lot of burritos and quesadillas and chimichangas, and you'd be right. Lately, though, this traditional faire has been supplanted by a single delicacy from Costco:

Mini bagel dogs.

That's right: my predominantly Mexican crew cannot get enough of mini bagel dogs.

These tender morsels, produced by Sinai Kosher ("Kosher never tasted so good!") are just like the wiener wraps that you remember from the grade-school cafeteria, except that they're made with a diminutive dog wrapped in bagel dough instead of bread dough.

The crew currently eats, at a minimum, one bag of mini bagel dogs each day. Jesus eats the most mini bagel dogs. He ate 105 mini bagel dogs last pay period. The pay period contained twelve days. Jesus is eating nine mini bagel dogs a day, almost two bags a week. The rest of the crew -- three guys in the shop and the four Roth boys -- eat about three bags a week.

They are good, but should the crew really be eating a bag of them every day?

Each bag of Sinai Kosher mini bagel dogs ("bagel dough wrapped around kosher beef cocktail franks") contains about 28 mini bagel dogs. According to the nutrition facts, each mini bagel dog contains:

  • approximately 62.5 calories
  • approximately 3 grams of fat (1 gram of which is saturated fat)
  • 5mg of cholesterol
  • 130mg of sodium
  • 7 grams of carbohydrates (with only a trace of fiber)
  • and 2 grams of protein
A mini bagel dog contains no appreciable vitamin content. Four of these pups make a serving.

The mini bagel dogs contain the following ingredients:

Dough: enriched wheat flour (bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, iron, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid), water, vegetable shortening (contains shortening chips made from hydrogenated soybean oil), dehydrated onions, sugar, yeast, malt, dehydrated eggs, salt, dough conditioner (sugar, salt, malt barley flour, mono-diglycerides, wheat gluten, calcium sulfate, ascorbic acid, enzyme), calcium propionate (added to retard spoilage).

Frankfurter: Beef, water, corn syrup, salt, natural flavorings, isolated soy protein, dextrose, sodium erythorbate, extractives of paprika, sodium nitrite.

Mmmmmmmm...

I'd probably be a much healthier person if we didn't run this cafeteria.


I bought some strawberries at Costco yesterday. They're "California coastal" strawberries -- whatever that means -- and, as you'd expect from strawberries picked at the end of January, they're not very good. Still: they're strawberries, and I'm eating them in the dead of winter. You can't beat that!

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Comments
On 05 February 2003 (12:32 PM), Dave said:

Proof positive that the American ability to supply fat, cholesterol and sugar is unparalleled by anyone anywhere in the world. This is why the French fear us!! The United States, taking over the world 350 calories at a time.


On 23 August 2004 (08:03 AM), Jim Sideris said:

Costco in Santa Barbara & Santa Maria, Ca no longer carry the mini bagel dog! Where else can they be purchased!


On 23 August 2004 (08:03 AM), Jim Sideris said:

Costco in Santa Barbara & Santa Maria, Ca no longer carry the mini bagel dog! Where else can they be purchased!


On 30 October 2004 (06:46 PM), Lois said:

I also have discovered that COSTCO is no longer carrying the mini bagel dogs. I even contacted the company- Mt. Sinai is a division of BEST....and they did not help me locate a way to purchase them. My child LOVES these mini dogs...and he has only about seven foods that he likes. PLEASE ADVISE how to find them!


On 12 December 2004 (05:51 PM), beth said:

I ALSO WANT TO FIND THIS MT. SINAI BAGEL DOGS -- PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU FIND IT! PLEASE PUT BAGEL DOGS IN THE SUBJECT LINE.


On 12 December 2004 (05:51 PM), beth said:

I ALSO WANT TO FIND THIS MT. SINAI BAGEL DOGS -- PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU FIND IT! PLEASE PUT BAGEL DOGS IN THE SUBJECT LINE.


On 12 December 2004 (05:52 PM), beth said:

I ALSO WANT TO FIND THIS MT. SINAI BAGEL DOGS -- PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU FIND IT! PLEASE PUT BAGEL DOGS IN THE SUBJECT LINE. bekebeel@aol.com


On 14 December 2004 (08:06 AM), Jill said:

Ok, I have some facts to share with those of you also searching for Sinai Kosher Mini Bagel Dogs. As you know, Costco doesn't carry them anymore. I spoke to the manufacturer and actually Sinai Kosher doesn't make mini bagel dogs any longer. However, a sister brand (Best's Kosher) carries its own version of the mini bagel dog.
I have posted a customer comment on Costco's website, asking them to begin carrying the Best's Kosher brand of mini bagel dogs as soon as possible. Please do the same -- the more customer's that request Costco to carry it, the more likely they will.
I don't think the warehouse staffers have any control over adding products to their shelves so the website seemed to me like the best route.
In the meantime, I have found a couple smaller grocers in my area willing to order some, IF they can find a distributor of the product (the search is on). If you also pursue this route, it may be helpful for your grocer to know that Best's Kosher is a brand owned by SaraLee. Good Luck!


On 27 January 2005 (01:30 PM), Steve said:

Actually, I first got addicted to bagel dogs from buying "Bernie's Bagel Dogs" which were stocked at Sam's Clubs many many years ago. Unfortunately, nobody stocks them and I've been searching. I found this site by doing a google search.. Ohwell, I've got an Einstein Brother's next door, they seem to sell bageldogs as well.


On 14 May 2005 (11:08 AM), janice said:

Please let me know where bagel dogs can be purchased in Austin, Texas. We are desperate.

Thank you.


On 25 May 2005 (12:37 PM), Alina said:

Has anyone had any luck finding any bagel dogs in Southern California?


On 28 May 2005 (12:10 PM), mina said:

I found them at Safeways in central and Northern California , and actually fill a carry on bag with them when I come home to southern california . I have asked my local Von's (Which is a sister stire to Safeways , but no luck.
Please some one help me find them locally or a websight I can order from.


On 22 August 2005 (06:38 PM), Cheryl said:

While also looking for a supplier for mini bagel dogs, I came across this website.

http://www.omahasteaks.com/servlet/oh?DSP=14&AID=1500&IID=4689&SiteID=hLUPakqa5g4-hUdBBOJS8gg%2FJW1%2Aq3mBqQ

Who in their right mind would pay that much?

NOT ME

I was able to find two packets of I think 20 each or so at Safeway. I didn't count, I just wanted them. I went to find more later, and had no luck. When you ask an employee, they think you are talking about bagel bites. I guess they don't get out much.

So as like many, I am still looking again.


On 30 August 2005 (11:26 AM), e graham said:

My son adores the minibagel dogs that we got at costco both in sequim WA and Lewisville TX as well as Tom Thumbs stores in DFW area last year- however this year am unable to find anything similar- does anyone out there know of a store in the DFW area that carries them?


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Comments
On 16 June 2006 (02:46 PM), Miss Heather said:

We are still on a bageldog search. My husband looks everytime we are in a new store. We live in the DFW area but havent run across any yet. Has anyone else had any luck?


On 26 June 2006 (05:32 PM), Bryan Grissell said:

If any one is interested in bagel dogs i make them and am trying to get them in the grocery store as we speak i am working on the formal packaging but the are for sale if interested my email is donaldtrumpm@netscape.net i also have bagel brats


On 22 August 2006 (02:46 AM), BagelDog Hound said:

I have not found a supplier on the internet of the Best's Bagel Dogs at all. I know tha Vons in Southern California carries them, but only sporadically. I am in the process of trying to talk to the Von's Deli purchasing agent of the corporation to carry it as a regular product. They only carry 6 bags at a time at my store. So I bought all 6.


On 31 August 2006 (01:54 PM), Judy Holland said:

My family is looking for Bagel Dogs, too. We bought them at our Sam's Club, I still look everything we shop at Sam's, but haven't yet. We live in Northwest Louisiana, 180 east of DFW.


On 28 September 2006 (12:35 PM), Nick said:

I just noticed that "market day" a school fundraising food company is advertising bagel dogs, seasonally. If you go to "www.marketday.com" you can do a search for them and order them from there. I don't know how good they will be, but its an option.


On 22 October 2006 (12:00 AM), surfingsandiego said:

At a Von's in San Diego i found "Dr. Steins Mini Beef Bagel Dogs" the other day. A general yahoo search of the above will net you the manufacturer and how to order from them. I too am a victim of eating the original bagel dogs from Costco. My grandma was always at Costco buying food and would buy the Mt. Sinai dogs for me. I loved them. The Dr. Steins dogs are an almost exact match. Only the bagel is different; there are no poppy seeds in it.


On 20 January 2007 (05:02 PM), bestcutdog said:

Hi, Im looking for help in two areas.. First any one who might have some inside track advise for someone looking into becoming a food broker. Is it possible,(possible meaning feasibly profitable), to broker a single product for a national account, with the intent on nurturing and growing sales within that single account?

Second, I’m looking to chat with anyone knowledgeable on the availability and quality of bagel dogs on the market.


On 21 January 2007 (07:30 AM), Kris said:

Bageldogs rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


On 18 May 2007 (03:06 PM), Kay said:

I found this thread when I did a google search having fond memories of a Dr. Steins Frankenbagel as they were called back in the day. They were the full sized version, and we carried them in a San Francisco Deli I worked in in the early 1980's. This leads me to beleive Dr. Stein may in fact have invented the bagel dog. We split them open and stuffed them like a chicago dog, with pickles, tomatoes, onions, mustard, even slit them open and put cheese in the bagel before heating... they were fabulous. I will try to find them here in the Seattle area and report back if I have any success. Dr. Stein could make a mint if these were available in the Hot Pockets aisle of the store... a far superior product.


On 26 June 2007 (10:15 AM), Mark said:

You can order the mini-dogs on line from this site:

https://www.viennabeefstore.com/

They are pricey.


On 27 July 2007 (05:33 PM), shirley said:

I TRIED A BAGEL DOG A FEW MONTHS AGO THAT MY DAUGHTER PERCHASED AT COSTCO. IN HILMAR CALIF. WHEN I WENT BACK TO BUY SOME ON 7/26/07 THEY NO LONGER HAD ANYMORE AND SAID THEY WERE NO LONGER CARRING THEM. DO'S ANY ONE KNOW WHERE I CAN FIND THEM. NOT THE MIMI BAGEL DOGS, BUT THE FULL BAGEL DOG?....


On 01 February 2008 (03:40 PM), slicerd said:

Its been a couple months since anybody has posted a comment, but I too have been looking for bagel dogs for a while. I used to eat the full size ones they carried at costco, this was probably about a decade ago though.

Anyway I just found some bagel dogs at the schwans website they are with poppy seed bagels and cheese stuffed hot dogs. No idea how good they are. They are $12 for eight with a $1 delivery charge, so just over a $1.50. I think me and my friend at work will order some crossing my fingers that they will be good.

http://www.schwans.com/product/productDetails.aspx?tb=2&c1=4775&c2=4788&prd=55358


On 03 September 2008 (08:19 AM), Jessica said:

I order mini bagel dogs from Market Day. The sale benefits my nieces' school or you can order online at marketday.com

They are delicious!


On 07 September 2008 (06:42 PM), Joe said:

ITS KILLING ME ! WHY CANT WE FIND THESE PRODUCTS. ILL ASK COSTCO IF THEY KNOW. BERNIES BAGEL DOGS ARE GREAT BUT DOES ANYONE REMEMBER "FRANKS FOR THE MEMORIES" ?


On 31 October 2008 (02:16 PM), bud said:

i think this is great im not alone doing a search for mini bagel dogs lol i was just on the phone with a girl she called me crazy but i love them keep up the search i live in ny so it should not be that hard?