Helmbold’s Small Franks have a rich history dating back to 1913 when Fritz Helmbold opened his German meat market in downtown Troy, New York. The small franks quickly became a local favorite and a staple in the Capital Region’s food scene. Helmbold’s butchers, dressed in starched white aprons, red bowties, and straw boat hats, served the community with top-quality meats, including the signature small franks that gained a dedicated following.

The original small franks, made from a blend of pork and beef with authentic European flavor and spice, became renowned for their exceptional taste and snappy bite, thanks to the natural casing. Fritz’s unique 4-inch miniature versions of the classic franks, served in bakery buns, became a sensation, leading to the prosperity of establishments featuring these delectable treats throughout the region. By the 1920s, the Hudson Valley in Upstate New York had earned a reputation as a “hotbed of hot dogs,” with Helmbold’s Small Franks at the forefront.

Today, Helmbold’s Small Franks can be conveniently purchased online directly from their website or at popular retailers such as Price Chopper and Hannaford. This allows both local residents and hot dog enthusiasts from afar to enjoy these beloved franks with ease.

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