5 interesting facts about hot dogs for National Hot Dog Day in 2022

Interesting facts about hot dogs include how the term “Hot Dog” originated, the price at which a dog was ever sold, and the qualifications for becoming a Wienermobile “driver.”

NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Read this article. Hot dogs are more than just buns and condiments.

According to Eric Mittenthal, president of the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC), Americans celebrate “the single largest hot dog day of the year” on Independence Day alone, Fox News Digital said. On the holiday, 150 million hot dogs were predicted to be consumed in the United States.

In honor of National Hot Dog Day in 2022, here is additional information you should know about hot dogs.

ALL SUMMER LONG, AMERICANS EAT BILLIONS OF HOT DOGS. The Fourth of July may be the day when hot dogs are most popular, but Americans eat them all year long.

The NHDSC estimates that during “peak hot dog season,” which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans will consume 7 billion hot dogs.

Americans are expected to eat 7 billion hot dogs all summer, and 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July alone, the NHDSC reported.

According to the NHDSC, Americans are predicted to consume 7 billion hot dogs this summer, including 150 million on July 4. (iStock)

At the United States, hot dog sales in supermarkets totaled $2.8 billion in 2020. Mittenthal noted that this amount was “considerably higher from 2019.”
According to the NHDSC website, Americans reportedly spent more than $7.5 billion on hot dogs and sausages in supermarkets in 2021.

Joey Chestnut set the record for the most hot dogs consumed in 10 minutes at the Nathans Famous July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest last year with 76 dogs and buns.

Mustard is the preferred hot dog topping in America. The NHDSC issued a survey last year at the beginning of hot dog season, which revealed that Americans’ preferred hot dog topping is mustard.

The survey found that 68 percent of participants liked mustard as their favorite topping, while 61 percent preferred ketchup.
Adults, however, are not permitted to eat hot dogs with ketchup, according to the NHDSC’s norms of decorum.

Americans' favorite regional style of hot dog is New York style, which is an all-beef frank topped with steamed onions and yellow mustard, according to the NHDSC.

According to the NHDSC, the New York style hot dog, an all-beef frank topped with steamed onions and yellow mustard, is Americans’ preferred regional hot dog style. (iStock)

According to the council’s study, other popular toppings were coleslaw (12 percent), bacon (14 percent), onions (44 percent), relish (41 percent), chili (30 percent), cheese (29 percent), sauerkraut (20 percent), mayonnaise (19 percent), relish (41 percent), and cheese (29 percent).

The New York style, an all-beef hot dog topped with steamed onions and yellow mustard, came out on top of the NHDSC’s survey last year. Chicago style, an all-beef hot dog topped with yellow mustard, dark green relish, chopped raw onion, a pickle spear, sport peppers, tomato slices, and celery salt, served in a poppy seed bun, came in second.

Third place went to the Michigan Coneys, an all-beef hot dog covered with mustard, onion, and chili sauce.

HOT DOGS ARE AVAILABLE IN VARIOUS SHAPES. Rastellis, a meat delivery service, sells “round hot dogs,” which are flat, spherical hot dogs that resemble hamburger patties.

The food idea went popular on social media last year, according to a Fox News Digital post from the time. This baffled many Twitter users.

Rastelli's previously told Fox News Digital that the company decided to create round, flat hot dogs after getting requests from customers who wanted andquot;pre-slicedandquot; dogs.

Rastelli’s previously revealed to Fox News Digital that the company made the decision to produce round, flat hot dogs in response to consumer requests for “pre-sliced” dogs. (Rastellis)

Despite the fact that many people claimed the product resembled bologna, Rastellis informed Fox News Digital that it manufactures its round hot dogs in a different way.

According to a statement from the company to Fox News Digital, it uses Black Angus Beef and Premium Pork that are diced together but not totally emulsified or liquefied “like some classic bologna” and wrapped in a collagen casing and netting “to assist hold shape.”

According to Rastellis, it created the product to address the issue of condiments “always sliding off the hot dog when you take a bite” and to avoid small children from potentially choking on conventional hot dog casings, the business told Fox News Digital.

STILL, HOT DOGS ARE NOT SANDWICHES. Even if this invention can fit on a sandwich bun, Mittenthal told Fox News Digital that hot dogs are still not sandwiches, despite what the NHDSC adamantly states on its website.

Americans' second favorite regional style of hot dog is Chicago style. Chicago hot dogs are all-beef franks topped with yellow mustard, dark green relish, chopped raw onion, a pickle spear, sport peppers, tomato slices and celery salt, served in a poppy seed bun.

Chicago style is the second most popular regional hot dog among Americans. Chicago hot dogs are all-beef frankfurters that are served on a poppy seed bun and are topped with yellow mustard, dark green relish, chopped raw onion, a pickle spear, sport peppers, tomato slices, and celery salt. (iStock)

Mittenthal explained, “What we’re talking about is the way that 99 percent of people eat hot dogs, which is in tubular shape on a bun. “That also isn’t a sandwich. A sandwich is a bologna sandwich. But that’s bologna, which resembles a hot dog but isn’t quite the same thing. So a hot dog is still not considered a sandwich.”

MEAT IS USED TO MAKE HOT DOGS. Although it may seem rather clear, Mittenthal claimed that “how they’re created and what goes into them” are the most typical misconceptions regarding hot dogs.

They are created in a very straightforward manner, Mittenthal continued. “Hot dogs are bits of beef that are very finely minced from steaks and roasts, and they are blended with spices before being packed into a casing and fried.”

That’s all there is to it, Mittenthal declared. “There is no truth to any of the common misconceptions about what goes into hot dogs. It is just meat. It’s what the ingredients label lists. If the ingredients list includes “beef,” “pork,” or “poultry.” It is exactly that. Nothing else about it is complicated beyond that.”

Fox News Digital’s Ann W. Schmidt is a lifestyle reporter and editor.

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