Why are Frankfurters called Hot Dogs?

Why are Frankfurters called Hot Dogs?

I’d like to know why Frankfurters in a bun are called a Hot Dog?

Do you know why?

Please tell us.

And since we’re on the subject of food and Germany.

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3 Responses to Why are Frankfurters called Hot Dogs?

  1. brightone69 says:

    First I’ll tell you what is most commonly believed to be the real origin of the term Hot Dog, and then I’ll give you some of reasonable sounding alternatives after which you can decide for yourself which you believe to be true.

    The term was first used at Yale where it is known to been have used as early as 1894.

    Vendors sold what might perhaps be termed dubious looking sausages near to the Yale dorms and the vendor’s small carts were known as “dog wagons”.

    The Alternatives

    In 1871, an immigrant German butcher opened a stand at Coney Island and sold what were known as dachshund sausages wrapped in a milk roll and by 1893 thin sausages in a bread roll were a regular accompaniment to baseball games and other sporting events.

    In 1852, the butcher’s guild in Frankfurt-am-Main created a smoked, spiced sausage in a thin tube which they named a "little-dog" or "dachshund sausage" since it so closely resembled the German dog of the same name. The sausage itself was also referred to as a Frankfurter and Viener after the towns in which it was sold.

    And Nice But Most Likely Not True

    There is a version of the origin that suggests that the cartoonist named T.A. "Tad" Dorgan attended a polo match in New York in 1901 where vendors wandered the aisles selling" red-hot dachshund sausages”, after which “Tad” drew a cartoon, and because he couldn’t spell Dachshund he captioned the cartoon “Hot Dog”.

  2. gillian says:

    Regardless of where the name originated, hot dogs should always be avoided!

    They are made from fat, salt and preservatives, and in most cases from ‘meat’ that couldn’t be sold in any other way.

    Nothing in them is good, and everything in them is bad, but if you want high blood pressure and maybe a heart attack then eat as many as you can!

  3. Just found this image which relates to the “Tad” Dorgan comment above.