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Did You Know? Hot Dog Fun Facts

Did you know that July is National Hot Dog Month? We won’t get into the hot dog/sandwich debate, but we will share some fun facts about the beloved summer staple.

  • Hot Dog Origins

Hot dogs are essentially a modern-day twist on the humble sausage. Did you know sausages were mention in Homer’s The Odyssey? And Emperor Nero’s chef, Gaius, is said to have prepared sausages for his ruler. Still, no one knows who got the idea to put it on a bun centuries later. While we cannot pinpoint who “invented” the popular food, most agree that they likely originated in Vienna, Austria or Frankfurt, Germany.

According to the Austrian city of Vienna, two Austro-Hungarian immigrants, Emil Reichel and Sam Ladany, are the hot dog inventors. When the two men left Europe for Chicago, they took the recipe with them, and sold hot dogs at the 1893 World’s Fair. Later, Reichel and Ladany founded a famous beef production company that’s still producing hot dogs today.

Meanwhile, officials in Frankfurt, Germany, say that hot dogs were invented in their city in 1487. And according to a third tale, a butcher named Johann Georghehner, who lived in Coburg, Germany, invented the hot dog during the late 1600s, and traveled to Frankfurt to promote his new food.

  • There’s A “Right” and “Wrong” Way To Eat Hot Dogs

According to one American meat trade association’s official etiquette guide for hot dog-eating (you read that right), it’s “tacky” to top your hot dog with ketchup if you’re over 18 years old, and “pretentious” to consume it with utensils.

Other don’ts  include placing the dog on a fancy bun (think sun-dried tomato or basil) and serving it on anything fancier than a paper plate or everyday dishes. Do’s include eating every part of the hot dog, including the leftover bun bits, pairing it with simple drinks and sides, and always licking off any condiments that get on your fingers.

  • Mustard Is The Most Popular Hot Dog Topping

According to a survey in 2014, 71% of Americans said they liked to garnish their hot dogs with mustard. However, an overwhelming 52% of respondents said they preferred to smother their dogs with ketchup (despite the aforementioned etiquette).

  • Hot Dogs Have Been To Space

Astronauts may have disliked the freeze-dried ice cream they were served, but both astronauts and crewmembers did enjoy hot dogs very much.

  • Americans Eat (And Buy) A Lot Of Hot Dogs

Did you eat a hot dog (or two) on Independence Day this year? You may have contributed to the 150 million hot dogs consumed on the Fourth of July. In addition, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans will eat 7 billion hot dogs. And in 2015, U.S. supermarket customers spent more than $2.5 billion on hot dogs.

  • A Hot Dog Once Sold For $169

This happened in 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The decadent dog consisted of a cheese bratwurst topped with butter Teriyaki grilled onions, Maitake mushrooms, wagyu beef, foie gras, shaved black truffles, caviar, and Japanese mayonnaise on a brioche bun.

  • A Competitive Eater Consumed 62 Hot Dogs In 10 Minutes

This record-breaking feat was accomplished in 2015.

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