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Friday, 31 July 2015

Hot dog

Hot dogs or frankfurters originated in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany around 1484. A butcher, Johann Georghehner, created a particularly popular long smoked sausage, which became known as a frankfurter sausage.

By the 1860s in New York City's Bowery district, German immigrants were selling from pushcarts "dachshund  sausages". They often placed them in a milk roll with a serving of sauerkraut and mustard on top.

On a particularly cold day at a New York baseball game in 1901, no one was buying concessionaire Harry Stevens' ice cream, so he begun selling sausages and rolls. He started calling out, "red hot dachshund sausages!" and found they were very popular. Thomas "Tad" Dorgan, a sports cartoonist for The New York Journal, was in the press box and seeing this he attempted to draw a cartoon of a barking sausage steaming in its stretched out roll. As he didn't know how to spell "dachshund," he wrote "hot dog" instead, a name which immediately caught on.

The Nathan's Famous chain of fast food restaurants that specializes in hot dogs began when Nathan Handwerker created a business on the Coney Island boardwalk in 1916, selling a hot dog for a nickel.

Nathan's Hot Dogs were originally priced so low, that customers were suspicious of their quality. In response,  Nathan Handwerker paid locals to wear white lab coats to fool the public into thinking that doctors from Coney Island Hospital were eating the hot dogs.

The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest has been held at the original location on Coney Island on Independence Day since the early 1970s. Contestants try to consume as many hot dogs as possible in a ten-minute time period. The eating contest supposedly started after four immigrants agreed to determine who was most patriotic by eating the most Nathan’s hot dogs.

Al Capone’s favourite food was Nathan’s Coney Island hot dogs, as was Cary Grant’s.

Hot dogs gained an international reputation when on June 11, 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt served them to King George VI of England and his queen when he visited the United States. The press made a great deal about the hot dogs, (even making the front page of The New York Times).


The world’s longest hot dog stretched 196.85 feet and was prepared by Japan’s Shizuoka Meat Producers in 2006.

Hot Dog season lasts from the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day, until the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day. During this time about 20 billion hot dogs are consumed, which means more than 800 hot dogs per second are eaten in the US.

The Juuni Ban is a hot dog sold by Tokyo Dog food truck in Seattle for $169. The most expensive hot dog in the world, it contains smoked cheese bratwurst, butter Teriyaki grilled onions, Maitake mushrooms, Wagyu beef, foie gras, shaved black truffles, caviar and Japanese mayonnaise, all served up in a brioche bun.

In 1988, the Ameican-Japanese chain 7-Eleven began selling Big Bite hot dogs; today the company sells 100 million hot dogs every year.

Costco sells approximately 100 million hot dogs a year in their food court - over four times the number sold in all Major League Baseball stadiums combined.

More than an estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on the Fourth of July. That's roughly one hot dog for every two people in the United States.


The actor Bruce Willis, proposed to Demi Moore at Pink's Hot Dog Stand in Hollywood.

It can cost almost $300,000 a year just for the right to operate a hot dog stand in or around Central Park, New York.

If you ask for a “hot dog” in New Zealand, you’ll get it battered on a stick like a corn dog.

Hot dogs cause about 17 percent of all food asphyxiation deaths in children under 10.

Ibtimes.com, Food For Thought by Ed Pearce

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