Frequently asked Questions
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1. What's in a hot dog?
2. Where did hot dogs originate?
3. Where did hot dogs get the name "hot dogs"?
4. Where did the idea of putting hot dogs in a bun originate?
5. Are hot dogs nutritious?
6. How many calories are in an average hot dog?
7. Why are hot dogs sold ten to a pack when buns are sold eight to a pack?
8. What is the most popular hot dog topping?
9. How many hot dogs are eaten during the summer months in the U.S. each year?
A. Today's hot dogs are made of quality lean cuts of beef and pork blended with a variety of spices and seasonings, and then fully cooked, much in the same way that sausages are made. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires that the meats used must be wholesome and high quality, just like the fresh ground meat sold in supermarkets and butcher shops. The government also requires that the meats used in the hot dog must be listed in order of predominance – so in the case of Berks franks that means the first two ingredients listed are beef and/or pork. Supermarkets also offer other varieties of hot dogs such as all beef, poultry (chicken or turkey), and cheese-flavored. Back to top
A. The city of Frankfurt am Main, Germany claims to have "invented" the hot dog in 1484. Hence the name "frankfurter" or "frank" that's often given to them. The first smoked sausage arrived in America in the 19th century. Back to top
A. The Polo Grounds in New York City. Hot dogs were sold from hot water tanks as vendors shouted, "Get your Dachshund sausages while they're red hot!" Sports Cartoonist Tad Dorgan sketched a cartoon of barking dachshund sausages nestled in warm buns. Unsure of how to spell dachshund, he simply wrote "Hot Dog". The cartoon was a sensation and the term "hot dog" was born. Back to top
A. Bavarian concessionaire, Anton Feuchtwanger, most likely introduced the traditional hot dog on a bun during the St. Louis "Louisiana Purchase Exposition" in 1904. He loaned white gloves to his patrons to hold his piping hot sausages. When most of the gloves were not returned, he reportedly asked his brother-in-law, a baker, for help. The baker invented long, soft rolls that fit the meat. Back to top
A. Hot dogs can be a positive part of a healthful diet. As meat products, hot dogs are a good source of vitamins, minerals and protein. In fact, NASA has approved hot dogs as a regular item in Apollo moon flights, Skylab missions and space shuttle flights. Back to top
A. Hot dogs sold ten to a pack have approximately 150 calories each. A hot dog in a bun with condiments has approximately 270 calories and 13 grams of fat, compared to a slice of pizza, which has approximately 420 calories, and 19 grams of fat. Back to top
A. Although buns are often labeled as "hot dog buns," in reality they are used for a number of different sausages from hot dogs to bratwurst and Italian sausages. These sausages come in different package quantities and frequently are purchased individually right from the deli case. Back to top
A. Mustard. Back to top
A. Americans enjoy seven billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Back to top