Wednesday, July Eighteenth, is National Hot Dog Day! What better way to celebrate then to kick back and enjoy yourself with a yummy hot dog topped with all of the toppings you could ever imagine. The five most popular toppings for a hot dog include mustard, ketchup, onions, chili, and relish. All of these toppings can actually be used together. If you want to try some new toppings, click here for the link. You should also be aware of any deals that are happening around you that some food services will offer in celebration of this day. In honor of this day, below there are interesting facts and different ways you can prepare a hot dog.
When you think of a long hot dog, you usually think of a foot long. However, in 2011, Novex of Paraguay had something different in mind. They created a hot dog that was 203.8 meters long, which is 669 feet!
The origins of the hot dog are actually a mystery. We know the sausage was mentioned in Homers, The Odyssey, however there are many speculations and theories about where and who created the common yet famous food of the hot dog.
Hot Dogs were sent in space! In 1968, astronauts on the Apollo 7 mission replaced the freeze-dried ice cream with hot dogs, which they loved!
Americans love their hot dogs. It is estimated that on July Fourth, Americans will eat 150 million hotdogs on that one day alone! Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans will eat a whopping 7 billion hotdogs! In 2015, people spent $2.5 billion on hot dogs alone. We must love our hot dogs.
In 2015, a competitive eater ate 62 hotdogs in 10 minutes, that’s 6.2 hotdogs a minute!
Hot Dog Style Guide
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This hotdog is served in a warm bun topped with mustard or if you like spice you can use spicy mustard, sauerkraut, which is chopped cabbage that has been pickled, and a flavorful onion sauce.
This hotdog is served in a split roll, topped with Pico de Gallo, corn, grated parmesan, shredded carrots, diced ham, cilantro, and warm crispy shoestring fries sprinkled on the top.
This hotdog is coated and surrounded by a collection of mashed potatoes, shrimp salad, lettuce, and fried onions, all rolled into a wrap.
This hotdog is first sliced and fried. Then it is served with fries, topped with ketchup, mustard, and mayo, no bun is needed.
This hotdog is served in a baked potato, and topped with bacon bits, chives, and sour cream.
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