Hot Dogs: America’s Favorite Food

Hot Dogs: America’s Favorite Food

When you think of hot dogs, what comes to mind? Fireworks and the Fourth of July? Going to baseball games with your dad? Summer barbecues and block parties? Or maybe it reminds you of the excitement you’d get when you found out that your mom was planning a lazy weeknight dinner of mac & cheese with cut up frankfurters. Hot dogs bring up feelings of nostalgia for every American. As adults, we still love to indulge in this heavenly meat in a bun. Whether barbecuing, at the stadium, or stopping by a stand at two in the morning for an after bar snack, it’s one piece of our childhood we just can’t let go of. And why would we? Indulging almost feels like our patriotic duty. You can almost hear the national anthem playing in the background as you bite into one.

How much do you really know about your favorite meal, though? There’s a lot more to hot dogs than meets the eye. At Hot Dog Carts Direct, we gathered some fascinating facts about frankfurters that you would be surprised to learn. If you have trouble viewing the infographic, you can find the fun trivia facts in the text below. So, next time you bite into a wiener, you’ll not only be feeling nostalgic – you’ll be feeling in awe of all that the hot dog has accomplished.


There is no food that says America quite like the hot dog. From backyard barbecues to ball games, there is no escaping this tasting treat. Not only are they widely regarded as the designated meal for the Fourth of July, they have become a staple in the American diet year round. In honor of this most patriotic of meats, we’ve collected some tidbits of hot dog trivia for all of you wiener enthusiasts out there. Enjoy.

World Hot Dog Champion

Joey Chestnut is a hot dog legend. He currently holds the world record for the most hot dogs ever eaten in 10 minutes: 69 hot dogs (buns and all).

Nutritional Breakdown

of Joey’s incredible feat of consumption:

  • 23,790 calories
  • 1,189 grams of fat
  • 60,390 milligrams of sodium
  • 2,245 grams of carbohydrates
  • 793 grams of protein

Hot Dog History

Where did the hot dog come from?
While many people believe that the hot dog originated in Frankfurt, Germany, Vienna also claims rights to the dog’s origin, siting the use of the hot dog’s popular moniker “wiener” as evidence.

1871: A German butcher opened the first ever hot dog stand on Coney Island.

1916: Nathan’s held its first annual hot dog eating contest on Coney Island.

1936: The Wienermobile is born.

1939: The famous Pink’s Hot Dogs opened in Hollywood, serving chili dogs for 10 cents each.

The Verdict?
We’ll never know for sure who invented the hot dog. Wherever it started, though, it’s clear that it has found its home in the U.S.A.


  • Americans consume over 20 billion hot dogs each year.
  • That’s 70 hot dogs per person each year.
  • 39 million of those are consumed in Los Angeles, America’s #1 hot dog consuming city.
  • On Independence Day alone, Americans consume more than 150 million hot dogs – enough hot dogs to stretch the distance between L.A. and D.C. 5 times.
  • 818 hot dogs are consumed each second between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The World’s Longest Hot Dog

This masterpiece was created in honor of Paraguay’s 200th birthday in 2011. At 669 feet and 265 pounds, it took the title of World’s Longest Hot Dog in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Hot Dogs or Death Dogs?

Over 1,700 children under the age of 14 end up in the ER each year due to asphyxiation by hot dog. The American Academy of Pediatrics has long been calling for a redesign of the hot dog, saying that it is the perfect shape and size to block a child’s airway.

Deadlier Than Sharks!
More people die each year from choking on a hot dog than die from shark attacks. Since 2010, there have been two choking deaths during hot dog eating competitions.

Hot Dogs Are a Gold Mine!

  • U.S. supermarkets sold $2.5 billion worth of hot dogs in 2014.
  • 95% of American households purchase hot dogs.
  • 15% of hot dogs are bought from street vendors.
  • 9% of hot dogs are bought from ballpark vendors.
  • In NYC, hot dog street vendors commonly pay the city well over $100,000 for their location.
  • For the busiest spot in New York one hot dog vendor pays the city an annual fee of $289,500.

Hot Dogs In Space!

Hot dogs were taken on Apollo 11 in 1969 & became one of the first food items to be eaten on the moon.

Washington Post
Eat Feats
Guinness World Records

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