History of the Hot Dog

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Also called a frankfurter or wiener, the hot dog’s source is maintained from the city of Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, and by a butcher living in Coburg, Germany., who traveled to Frankfurt to promote his new item, sometime in the late 1600s. In any event, German immigrants attracted not only the sausage together in the 1800s, but also their beloved dachshund dogs, and the title probably started as a joke about the little, long, thin dogs.

Food historians at Yale University say that the term”hot dog” started appearing in faculty magazines back in the 1890s. When students began calling wagons out their dormitories selling hot flashes as”puppy wagons.” It did not take long for the word”dog” to become”hot dog.” German immigrants sold them from push carts in New York City’s Bowery from the 1860s. Another narrative recounts a German butcher, Charles Feltman, in 1871 hawked sausages with milk rolls out of his stand on Coney Island, beginning a trend to this day of the famous”Coney Dog,” (usually topped with a savory meat sauce). The bun made its debut at the Colombian Exposition a couple of years after where visitors gobbled them down in massive quantities. Vendors had a hit on their hands, and we can thank Germans for their culinary participation.

These 2016 figures bear out the massive demand and fame; Los Angeles residents consume more hot dogs than any other city (more than 36 million pounds), beating out New York and Philadelphia. Dodger fans alone consumed 2.6 million in 2016 the birthplace of the Dodger Dog, a 10 inch pork wiener wrapped in a steamed bun sold at Dodger Stadium; across the Nation leading league fans appreciated 19.4 million during the 2016 year;

+On Independence Day (July 4th) Americans like 150 million hot dogs, enough to extend from to D.C. to L.A. over five times;

+During peak season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans typically consume 7 billion; that is 818 consumed each second.

+Top hot dog swallowing cities are home to a major league baseball team (no

Los Angeles

+Nathan’s – started in 1916 with a Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker selling a 5 centre out of his stand on Coney Island, they still predominate NYC and are famous for their July 4th eating competition; reigning men’s champion again in 2018, Joey Chestnut (using a record 74 at 10 minutes) and Miki Sudo (women’s) in 37 (burp);

+Wienerschnitzel – an American fast food chain based in 1961, also known as the World’s Largest Hot Dog Chain 358 places;

+Chicago style – that does not understand what this is: hot dog, poppy seed bun, Vienna wiener, mustard, tomato wedges, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, sport peppers and a dash of celery salt, do not even mention that the”k” word (ketchup);

Costco – In 2015, Costco food courts sold 128 million hot dogs; in $1.50 (includes drink) on average, up from 100 million a year before;

Retail sales – 1 billion pounds were sold at retail stores. That amount represents more than $2.4 billion in retail sales.

+Chicago’s O’Hare Airport sells six times more hot dogs than Los Angeles and LaGuardia Airport combined which clocks in at 725,000; travelers expect to get a flight delay so that they can nosh on these dogs;

Well, statistics do not lie.Americans love their hot dogs, and they have their own distinct methods of preparing and enjoying them. Whether you select sauerkraut, chili, cheese, mustard, relish, onions, ketchup or all the above, nothing satisfies like a hot dog. Eaten on the run, wolfed down from a street vendor or savored in a backyard barbecue, they’re pure American and everyone can enjoy them anywhere, anytime. So pile on the condiments and chow down.

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