Another gluten-free food review, hot off the press!

Unfortunately, this one isn’t as favorable as the others have been.

I say “unfortunately” because, well, not only is this one unfavorable, but also there’s just NOTHING good I can say about this product!


Ener-G Tapioca Hot Dog Buns. These hot dog buns are gluten free as well as free of dairy, soy, eggs, and nuts, so they’re suitable for a variety of dietary needs and choices.


I combined these gluten-free hot dog buns with Lightlife’s Smart Dogs veggie hot dogs because I’m vegetarian, but I imagine there’s no reason meat eaters can’t combine them with regular hot dogs.

Also, I used typical hot dog toppings (mustard, ketchup, etc.).




  • Texture and consistency. These buns are hard and crumbly, and there’s not enough spit in the human body to make them easier to chew and swallow. They’re so dry, I had to double check the expiration date (which, by the way, cleared me until April 2013).
  • Design. They’re longer than the average hot dog bun, which would be okay IF they were edible. Also, there wasn’t really a clear cut in the bun, so I had to create a slit myself, which, again, would have been okay IF it hadn’t been like sawing into brick.
  • Price. For all this disappointment, I paid more than $5. So, basically, I paid more than $5 for one miserable gluten-free hot dog bun that I couldn’t even finish.


I would not recommend this product to anyone.

I do want to note that these hot dog buns are the only experience I have with Ener-G foods, and other Ener-G products might be delicious. I don’t want to discourage anyone from trying out the products him- or herself, but I do want to say that, based on my experience, I wouldn’t recommend these gluten-free hot dog buns.

On the bright side, this one negative experience hasn’t negatively affected my gluten-lite journey. (I mean, I like cookies too, but they’re not all good, right?)

So, now: Can YOU recommend any other kinds of gluten-free hot dog buns?

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    Last reviewed: 5 Sep 2012

APA Reference
Sparks, A. (2012). Product Review: Ener-G Tapioca Gluten-Free Hot Dog Buns. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 25, 2015, from



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