Facts about Hot dog
One of the most popular fast foods
Hot dogs are typical representatives of fast food. They are prepared swiftly and consumed even faster. Even though the fashion for eating hot dogs spread across the world from the U.S., the dish itself was invented most probably in western Europe.
1The origin of the hot dog remains a mystery to this day.
It was probably invented by two Austro-Hungarian citizens, Emil Reichel and Sam Ladany, after they migrated to Chicago. They started selling their dish at the 1893 World’s Fair. Nowadays it is known as a classic Chicago hot dog. It’s made from all-beef sausage in a poppy bun, with green tomato-based relish, tomatoes, pickles, and onions, topped with mustard. Reichel and Ladany’s meat processing company, called Vienna Beef, operates constantly, and still uses the original recipe.
2The Germans claim hot dogs were invented in Frankfurt am Main in 1487.
The third version of the hot dog origin says of the German butcher Johann Georghehner, who, supposedly, developed his dish at the end of the 17th century and traveled to Frankfurt am Main to promote his invention.
3There is no hot dog without mustard.
Ketchup is completely optional.
4Hot dogs were on the menu of astronauts from the Apollo space program.
5The Japanese version of the hot dog—Black Terra Dog—comes in a black bun.
They use edible bamboo charcoal powder to color the bun, which is over 30 cm long. It is one of the most popular street food in the Akihabara district of Tokyo.
6Hot dogs were served to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother by the U.S. President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
The King and Queen of England visited the U.S. in 1939. President Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, hosted a picnic and welcomed their guests with hot dogs. King George VI enjoyed the dish so much that he asked for more.
7Hot dogs are popular around the world. In Poland, for instance, it is a must-have at every gas station.
8The longest hot dog was prepared in the town of Flensburg, Germany, in 2017. It was 218,7 meters long.
After taking measurements, the hot dog was cut into smaller sections and distributed among spectators. Because of its length, they consumed approximately 8 meters of the dish, leaving 210 untouched.
9The Americans consume about 155 million hot dogs each year on Independence Day.
10Hot dogs are the favorite snack of baseball fans.