PC Smokies Poutine Flavour Fully Cooked Smoked Pork Sausages seemed like a bit of a a weird one to me. I know they are trying for Canadian-inspired summer treats but how does poutine work with hot dogs?
I had a friend who said to me, “Tell me they aren’t made with French fries?!” I answered something like, no. I am sure they are not. OMG, I was wrong!
“Pork, water, glucose solids, pizza mozzarella cheese (milk), french fried potatoes (potatoes, canola oil, salt, sodium phosphate, dextrose), gravy seasoning (corn maltodextrin, onion powder, salt, sugar, garlic powder, flavour, cultured whey powder, spices, yeast extract, potato maltodextrin, spice extract), salt, sodium phosphate, sodium nitrite, smoke. In hog natural casing.”
“It seemed only right that two favourite Canadian street foods – smoked sausages and poutine – finally be united. With a delicious filling of real French fries, gooey cheese and just the right touch of gravy seasoning, these sausages deliver poutine perfection in every bite.”
OK then… Actually when I do product reviews I do not pay attention to packaging before I eat the food (hence my earlier ignorance) because I just want to test the product and see what my perspective is. What I can taste and experience without being influenced by marketing.
I did not like these hot dogs. The casing is extremely hard to chew through and I tasted no poutine flavour. I also tried boiling them to see if my grilling of them interfered with the casing. Nope. Still really hard to cut through with my teeth.
Clearly I was oblivious to the French fry filling. There was a smokiness that I figured came from a gravy-flavouring but overall it was quite salty.
This is the first time I really feel like President’s Choice played foodie Dr. Frankenstein to create these sausages and it is, overall, just a gimmick. A gimmick that did not create a superior product. I HATE gimmicks! Especially when they do not deliver.
I give this product two out of five wooden spoons. The only reason it got any is I do like creativity and can see what they were trying to accomplish but it just feels and tastes so bloody wrong.