Today (July 25, 2019) is National Chili Dog Day (not to be confused with National Hot Dog Day) and Newsweek has rounded up recipes to help you celebrate in the warm weather.
Hot Dog Facts and History
To start, the sausage is one of the oldest forms of processed food. It was in fact mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey, which dates as far back as the 9th century B.C.
According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC), a hot dog is not a sandwich. So try to avoid this faux pas in the future.
A chili dog is considered to be a hot dog with meat on the top such as chili con carne or even pulled pork. However, many believe that hot dogs have to be meat-based or it cannot be counted as a hot dog.
In 2018, consumers spent more than $3 billion on hot dogs in U.S. supermarkets and consumed 7 billion dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The NHDSC also says that on Independence Day, Americans are expected to enjoy 150 million hot dogs, which is enough to stretch from Washington, D.C. to L.A. more than five times.
The food is also universal; hot dogs were one of the first foods eaten on the moon. It’s also loved by royalty; President Franklin D. Roosevelt served hot dogs to King George and Queen Elizabeth when they visited the U.S.