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Can you help me find the perfect hot dog "bun cradles"?

Asked by JackAdams (6382 points ) August 27th, 2008

My grocery store has stopped carrying these particular hot dog buns, and I would be very grateful if you could help me find them. They are rather difficult to describe, but I’ll do the very best I can,

You all know what “normal” hot dog buns look like, I’m sure, and you pull them apart to insert the hot dog, and sometimes, the bun literally falls apart, while you are in the process of using it.

But there is another kind of hot dog bun which has a shape resembling a canoe, into which the hot dog is placed, and this particular bun is one that never falls apart, and none of the ketchup, mustard, onions or relish, ever falls out or leaks out.

The buns are kind of “U-shaped” and are packaged in such a way, that they resemble the interlocking hands in this diagram: http://marketing.bgca.org/standards/images/basic_vertical.gif

You have to slide two of them apart from each other, after you remove them from the package.

These buns are really terrific, and the store where I used to purchase them, called them “cradles” or “bread cradles,” but none of the managers in that store can recall who baked them, or they would order them again, for me.

One rarely comes across “perfect” hot dog buns, but the ones I’m describing certainly qualify.

Can you please help me identify and find them? I’m certain they are still being baked in California; I just need to find out which bakery is producing them.

They are WORTH seeking.

August 27, 2008, 7:37 AM EDT

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bodyhead's avatar

Man I love this question. I just want to let you know that I’m on it and I’m going to do some hot dog research today to see what I can find.

JackAdams's avatar

Bless you!

August 27, 2008, 10:22 AM EDT

AstroChuck's avatar

I think I know what you’re talking about. Aren’t they called Something like Wallaby or Aussie buns? Something to do with Australia, I think.

bodyhead's avatar

They are actually called a bunch of different things it turns out. If I’m finding what you are looking for, they’re called:

Split Top Buns
Martin’s “Dutch Flavor” Potato Rolls
New England Style Coney Rolls

I’m still looking around but that’s what I’ve found so far.

Split Top seems like the larger distinction here. I believe the regular ones are called Side Split which makes them fall apart much quicker.

discussion here:
http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13777

picture and discussion here:
http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7294

Do you have a picture of what you are looking for? Probably not. That would be crazy right? I never take pictures of my hot dog buns

JackAdams's avatar

@bodyhead: I’m indeed grateful for the links and research that went into finding them.

The photo link you supplied, looks exactly like the ones that were served when Woolworth’s had a restaurant in downtown St. Paul MN, in 1972.

But,so far, not what I am seeking.

There is a TRADER JOE’S not too far away from me, but I don’t normally shop there, because the prices are too high. However, I will visit them later on, and see what they have.

Thanks again for your very generous help!

August 27, 2008, 9:59 PM EDT

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Toufayan Snuggles are what you are looking for.

http://www.toufayan.com/seasonal.php

JackAdams's avatar

You are EXACTLY RIGHT! That’s them! Oh, Thank You so much!!!!!

I swear, if my dog ever has kittens, you get one!

Please PM me with your real name, so I can make you a beneficiary on my life insurance policy, and mention you in my Last Will & Testament.

Now, answer this personal question, please:

Did it REALLY take you only SEVEN DAYS, to create the Heavens and the Earth?

Thanks again, and “May the gold of a million Leprechauns be deposited in your underwear.”

August 28, 2008, 6:20 PM EDT

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I’ve been called “lead britches”.
Why were asking about the Snuggles?

JackAdams's avatar

I was asking about them, because they are, IMHO, the PERFECT hot dog bun, in that they hold eveything, without falling apart or leaking, and they are “stiff enough” to do the job, without being hard to chew.

August 28, 2008, 7:52 PM EDT

AstroChuck's avatar

These are the best hot dog buns in the world.

JackAdams's avatar

I would tend to agree with you, AC, except that when the hot dog is inserted into the bun, the “customer-added ingredients” are pushed out the opposite hole.

I would want a bun that wouldn’t require the additional purchase of airfare, to enjoy.

August 28, 2008, 9:59 PM EDT

AstroChuck's avatar

There is no opposite hole. Best tasting buns I’ve ever had, as well.

JackAdams's avatar

I’ll have to arrange for a shipment to the the Mainland, eventually, if they are not already here.

Thanks very much for the information, really.

August 29, 2008, 12:51 AM EDT

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Jack,

The website has local stores. My Food Lion has had them.

Have not looked lately.

JackAdams's avatar

Thanks for the tip.

Sorry, but I don’t have change for a $100.

August 29, 2008, 12:55 PM EDT

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