How many times have you woken up late, not cared about the alarm and then had to run to your work or University without breakfast? I remember many such instances and I know you do too. Don’t you?
More often than not, the hot dog has led us to survival! The mustard, the honey garlic sauce with the perfectly sliced sausage has saved us from starving at work or when we had no time to eat.
But have you ever wondered where this concept of hot dog even came from or who and why this food is named so? Though the true origins of this snack have not been known, there are often contentions that it came from none other than German immigrants in as early as the 1800s! The mention of a hot dog in the form of sausage was dated way back and the tradition of having it in between buns arrived much late.
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The name of hot dog on the other hand, was a different kind of story altogether!
It was a cold April day, during a match at the New York Polo Grounds, when vendors outside the grounds were selling sausages from portable hot water tanks. They screamed “red hot dachshund sausages” for the cheering crowds at the stadium to come and buy from them! Seeing this scene and observing from afar, Tad Dorgan, a cartoonist quickly sketched a cartoon of sausages with barking dachshunds wrapped within warm rolls. Without being able to correctly pronounce the tough German word dachshund he ended up calling them “hot dogs”. The term not only became very popular but he ended up being a sensation for coining such an innovative term for the delicious snack!
Despite the term hot dog been introduced into the Oxford dictionary in the 1900s, it was actually banned after the rumours which went around in Cooney island and was affecting business rapidly. Rumours said, they actually used Dog meat to make the sausages. Does this bother you now? Are you scared hot dogs are actually dog meat?
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But the catering director of New York was the one who introduced the concept of putting the sausage into hot buns and there came the real name that we use today. Hence the process brought in the present name that we use today and not the way it first came into being!
What do you think about hot dogs now? Did you ever think this could be the way the name came down from? Ah! I bet you didn’t guess but that doesn’t make us love this snack any less.