The History and Origin behind Hot dog

Eliza | 05 - 16 - 2021
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American’s Favorite Hot dog Origin and History

Hot dog is one of the American’s oldest and favorite foods. Hot dog is a sandwich between a sliced bun topped and garnished with a squiggle of ketchup and sauce, mustard, relish, cheese, chili. Hot dogs are traditionally made with pork or beef and vegetarian hot dogs are made with tofu, made from soy plants. It is named “hot dog” because it’s shaped like a tube and resembles a Dachshund. More than a food, hot dogs are a favorite pastime for Americans. 

Hot Dogs History

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council dates back its origin to the 9th century BC as it was mentioned in Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey.” Centuries later, Roman emperor Nero’s cook, Gaius is said to be the first person to have been linked with sausages. In Ancient Rome, it was customary to starve pigs before they were to be slaughtered and cooked. Gaius was watching the kitchen and realized one pig was not cleaned and roasted properly. Gaius stuck a knife in the pig’s belly to see if it was good to eat but the pig’s intestine popped out because of starvation and heat. According to popular sayings, he then exclaimed, “I have discovered something of great importance!”. He later stuffed the intestines with ground venison, ground beef with spices and wheat. 

Why Are Hot Dogs Associated with America?

Historians believe that the origin of the first hot dog has been traced to Rome and eventually brought to Germany. But Germany is said to be the official birthplace of hot dogs. Frankfurt, a city in Germany claims the frankfurter was invented there in 1484. The Germans experimented with hot dogs and discovered several versions and brought them to America around the 1860s and sold them in push carts which gradually became American’s favorite street food.  

What Country Consumes the Most Hot Dogs?
  • A. United States
  • B. Australia
  • C. Germany
  • D. Italy

Why Do Americans Love Hot dogs?

80% of Americans love hot dogs because

  • It is served everywhere across the U.S from parks to the Whitehouse.
  • They are made in convenient sizes so one can easily grab them on their way to work 
  • They tastes damn good 
  • They are inexpensive 
  • Because of its texture and ingredients. 
  • Requires less cook time 


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