There are many great food-related holidays to celebrate during July. It’s Independence Day, National Ice Cream Day and Tuesday, July 21, will be National Hot Dog Day!
It is estimated that the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimates that Americans consume about 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day and Labor Day every year. It may not appear like anyone requires a new reason to enjoy the delicious hot dog.
However, there could be interesting facts you didn’t know about this classic meal-on-a-bun. Here are seven fascinating pieces of information about hot dogs, which include the council’s position regarding the current debate over whether a hot dog can be considered a sandwich -and delicious hot dog recipes that will make buns look more attractive.
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Facts About Hot Dogs
- The Hot Dog is not an actual sandwich.
- In 2018, Americans spent over $3 billion on hot dogs at U.S. supermarkets.
- Wieners, Franks, and Franks are the first names of Americanized hot dogs.
- During the peak of hot dog season between Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans are expected to consume 7 billion hot dogs.
- On the day of Independence Day, Americans are scheduled to consume 150 million hot dogs. That’s enough to cover the distance all the way from D.C. to L.A. more than five times.
- Los Angeles residents consume more hot dogs than any other city.
- Hot dogs were among the first meals eaten on the moon.
- Hot dogs are sausage, but sausage isn’t necessarily a hot dog.
- A hot dog with no meat or poultry can’t be considered a hotdog.
- A typical hot dog made of beef contains 190 calories and 7 grams of protein, and 30 per cent of the daily value of Vitamin B12, A vital nutritional element for healthy metabolism and brain development in young children and mental clarity in adults.
- Hot Dogs were sold for the first time at baseball games in 1893.
- The weight of a fully-loaded hot dog vendor at a baseball park’s bin is 40 pounds.
- Miller Park in Milwaukee is the only Major League Baseball ballpark that sells more sausages than hot dogs in a single season.
- The longest hot dog in the world measured 668 feet in length, enough to fill two football fields.
- Mickey Mouse’s first on-screen words were “Hot Dog!”
- NHDSC Hot dog protocol says that ketchup is not to be served on hot dogs for anyone older than 18.
- In the film “Sudden Impact”, Dirty Harry says, “Nobody is, and I am referring to nobody, put the condiment on hot dogs.”
- A prime location in Central Park Zoo in New York. Central Park Zoo costs hot dog sellers nearly $300,000 a year.
- The famous restaurant chain Carl’s Jr started as a hot cart for dogs on July 17 1941. It was located in Los Angeles, exactly 78 years before the current National Hot Dog Day
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt served King George and Queen Elizabeth hot dogs. The King had two of them.
- Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev ate a hot dog during the very first visit of the Soviet premier to the U.S. in 1959. He later acknowledged that Americans were beating the Soviets in the sausage-making game.
- Frankfurt, Germany, claims to be the source of the popular hot dog. They commemorated the 500th birthday of the hot dog in 1987.
- Americans claim that the person they’d like to eat a hot dog from is 97-year-old Betty White.
- Joey Chestnut ate 74 hot dogs in just 10 minutes. An unbeatable feat in the year 2018.
- “Hot dogs are supposed to be enjoyed, not a weapon.” Did ESPN’s famous quote follow when the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council responded to an individual throwing hot dogs towards Tiger Woods during an event?
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