What Makes a Great Poultry Corn Dog?

High quality corn dogs are a salty/sweet snack of crisp, chewy coating with tender meat inside. They combine toasty corn flavor with smoky meat. Specifically, the meat is pink, moist, and finely ground. It’s surrounded with a thick, golden brown coating that is fully cooked. The entire assembly sits firmly on a stick for easy eating. The aroma and flavor profile combines smoky hot dog meat with a toasted corn cake and some deep fry oil. The corn dog is salty and sweet. The coating is crisp to bite and chewy. The meat is moist and tender. The corn dog might stick to your teeth slowly but the dough is not undercooked or greasy.

Tasting terms

  • sweet

    One of the basic tastes; often considered pleasing while exhibiting characteristics of sugar. Example: Honey, ripe fruits and syrup all have a pronounced sweet component.

  • flavor

    A combination of a food's basic taste and its accompanying aroma, flavor is the distinctive taste of a food or ingredient while it is in the mouth. Along with aroma, appearance, texture and taste, flavor is one of the five dimensions considered by ChefsBest Master Tasters. Example: Chocolate chip cookies should have a moderate chocolate flavor accompanied by a slightly lower level of complex dough flavor that includes egg, flour, vanilla and brown sugar notes.

  • aroma

    The smell that emanates from food. Along with appearance, texture, flavor and taste, aroma is one of the five dimensions used to evaluate a product. Example: Brownies should have an aroma that includes chocolate as well as egg, toasty and sweet notes.