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All About Hot Dogs

Jul 23, 2014

Who doesn't love a hot dog? A baseball game or BBQ just isn't the same without one, but how much do you know about this fun food? Check out All About Hot Dogs to find out more!

Hot Dogs have been around since the 1800sHot Dogs have been around since the 1800s

Did You Know...

  • July is national hot dog month and July 23rd is National Hot Dog Day
  • Some baseball park have their own special hot dogs, like the Fenway Franks at Fenway Park
  • The word Frankfurter is based on Frankfurt, Germany - and German immigrants are credited with bringing this delicious idea to the U.S.
  • hot dogs can be prepared several different ways: boiled, steamed, grilled and more
  • hot dogs are cooked before packaging but there's still a chance you can get serious food poisoning from eating them raw
  • There is a lot of dispute over who invented hot dogs, some say it was Antoinoine Feuchtwanger, a who sold them on streets of St. Louis in 1880, others claim Bavarian sausage seller Anton Ludwig debuted them at the World's Fair in 1893
  • Frankfurters tend to be made of beef and have a stronger flavor, while Wieners tend to be made of pork
  • Many vendors offer vegetarian hot dogs and even Kosher ones too

Ketchup, relish and mustard are just a few classic toppingsKetchup, relish and mustard are just a few classic toppings
  • The world's longest hot dog was 197 feet long  and made for the All-Japan Bread association (there was a pretty long bun to match it, 198 feet to be exact), it was made for the association's 50th anniversary celebration
  • A hot dog dipped in batter and fried is called a corn dog
  • 7-11 sells the most hot dogs per year out of anyone - over 100 million a year!
  • Traditional topping for hot dogs include mustard, ketchup, relish, chile con carne, cheese, and even sauerkraut
  • The most expensive hot dog in the world is $145 and sold at California Capital City Dawg in Sacramento, proceeds from this crazy dog to a Children's Hospital
  • Wieners are rumored to be named after Vienna (in Austria), which is called "Wien" in German and produced a special type of sausage
  • Some people say that hot dogs are associated with baseball because German immigrant Chris von der Ahe owned both the St. Louis Browns and an amusement park and sold hot dogs at both near the turn of the century
  • Some early hot dog vendors in Germany (we're talking the 1800s) were actually accused of making them out of dog meat (ew!)

Some early hot dog makers were accused of making them out of dogs!Some early hot dog makers were accused of making them out of dogs!

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