We sometimes think that curiosity is reserved for youth and younger children. I was curious about why July 23, was “National Hot Dog Day.” I found that it is because we eat so many of them, especially in the summer time.
In 2013 consumers spent approximately $2.5 billion dollars on hot dogs in United States supermarkets alone, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council ( hot-dog.org). Retail sales in major markets are collected when products are scanned at the checkout counter.According to the data for 2013, one billion packages of hot dogs were sold.
Ballparks in the United States are expected to sell over 21 million hot dogs, which are a class of sausage, this season alone. Baseball fans love hot dogs and maybe it’s a coincidence, but that could be why all top 10 consuming cities have major league baseball teams. Atlanta is the biggest consumer, according to the hot dog council.
Joey Chestnut loves hot dogs. He ate 61 at one time on the Fourth of July. He has won the title for eating the most hot dogs on the Fourth of July for eight consecutive years.
I don’t think I’ve eaten 61 hot dogs in my whole lifetime.
Chestnut, a professional eater (yes, there is such a thing!) lives in San Jose, Calif., but travels all over the world to compete 20 to 23 times a year eating various foods in competitions. He says he drinks warm water to acclimate his stomach. The one thing that he will not eat in competition, he said, is raw oysters.
I also checked out some of the “dos and don’ts” of eating a hot dog, as presented by the council. The dos: they must be served on paper plates, eaten with your hands, and the condiments, like mustard and chili, should be applied to the dog, not the bun. The don’ts: do not use a cloth napkin – paper is preferable; don’t take more than five bites to finish a hot dog; and don’t put fresh herbs on the same plate with the hot dogs because it over does the presentation.
Who could have known how important a humble hot dog could turn out to be?