Schneider Foods debuted way back in 1890, operated by the Schneider family. From the start, they’ve focused on quality products made to authentic family recipes because that is what their customers expected. Schneider Foods will never stop taking the time they need to make delicious food to serve with pride. In the end, quality is what matters, and quality never gets old. Schneider Foods distributes this Hot Rod meat stick brand, and it is based out of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
When us at Jerky Ingredients first agreed to start reviewing meat sticks in 2016, we swore that we would never review brands such as Hot Rod and Slim Jim meat sticks. Well, here we are.
The first review on Hot Rod will focus on a 5.6 ounce/160 gram box of their original flavored beef chicken sticks. Hot Rod debuted this original meat stick in 1969, the year I was born, and we remember seeing Hot Rod meat sticks many times in convenience stores as a child growing up. This box was purchased at a Fortinos grocery store in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
Ingredients: Beef, Chicken, Water, Salt, Wheat Protein Product, Dextrose, Spice, Glucono Delta Lactone, Modified Milk Ingredients, Wheat Flour, Sugar, Sodium Phosphate, Dried Bell Peppers, Garlic Powder, Autolyzed Yeast, Sodium Erythorbate, Smoke Flavour, Sodium Nitrite. Allergen Warnings: Wheat
The beef used is not guaranteed to be free of growth hormones or additional antibiotics. Also, the beef is not guaranteed to have partial free range access to graze on grass. There are no guarantees that the chickens used were not administered growth hormones or additional antibiotics. The chickens used are not guaranteed to have free range access to roam about. As a result, the highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is a Good (8/10) rating.
Some healthy ingredients listed are spice, garlic powder, and dried bell peppers.
The sugar level is great at 0 grams of sugar per 16 grams of meat stick. The salt level is high at around 542 mg of salt per 28 grams of meat stick to lose a rating. Our preference is 350mg of salt or less per 28 grams of meat stick.
This jerky does not qualify to have no sodium nitrite as sodium nitrite is used outright along with sodium erythorbate and sodium phosphate as preservatives to lose a rating. Commendably, these meat sticks qualify to have no MSG added.
Alright (6/10) – Ingredient Rating
HOT ROD – ORIGINAL BEEF CHICKEN STICKS
Written by guest jerky reviewer Paul Rekker
When I bite open the packaging, I don’t really smell anything. The sausage stick apparently contains beef and chicken. I detect both of those flavours, along with salt, at a very good level, little sweet, slight garlic, along with what I believe to be a pinch of onion in the background.
The meat sticks have a collagen casing around them, which have a discernible ‘snap’ as you bite into them.
I’ve always loved Schneider’s Hot Rod’s, and I still feel that way. I prefer their spicy hot flavour, but this original flavour is quite delicious as well. I can think of no reason not to give this very tasty meat stick a 10/10. Gentlemen?
Here is what Mark had to say about this original stick flavor from Hot Rod: “Thanks Paul for the honest taste review. We do not see eye to eye here. Immediately I am met with an off-putting flavor that remains consistent. The only way that I can describe this flavour is having a sort of chemical taste to it. I would not go so far as to say it tastes bad, where for myself, these meat sticks are just purely for sustenance. I can go no higher than an Alright (6/10) taste rating. With Paul at a 10 rating, we will split the difference here.”
This 5.6 ounce/160 gram box cost $6.99. That works out to a cheap price of $1.07 an ounce.
This cardboard hexagon-shaped box has everything imprinted directly on the box, on all sides. There is a high-resolution picture of a red car displayed on the front.
A slogan printed on this box is “Our Original Sausage Snack Since 1969”. Some facts displayed are “20 Sausage Sticks” and “High In Protein”.
The only missing box category is a blurb about these Hot Rod beef chicken sticks or Schneider Foods. Admirably, a toll-free phone number is provided for customer inquiries. As per Canadian law, there are French translations cleverly provided.
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