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There’s a lot more to hot dogs than toppings and buns.

On Independence Day, Americans enjoy “the biggest hot dog day of the year,” Eric Mittenthal, president of the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council (NHDSC), told Fox News Digital last year.

According to the council, Americans are expected to eat 150 million hot dogs on July 4th alone.

Here’s what else you need to know about hot dogs.

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Americans eat billions of hot dogs all summer long

The Fourth of July may be the most popular day for hot dogs, but Americans enjoy the dish all summer long.

According to the NHDSC, Americans are expected to eat 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, which is “peak hot dog season.”

The NHDSC reports that Americans eat 7 billion hot dogs over the course of the summer, including 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July.

The NHDSC reports that Americans eat 7 billion hot dogs over the course of the summer, including 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July.
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In 2020, US supermarket sales for hot dogs were $2.8 billion. Mittenthal told Fox News Digital that “the number has increased significantly since 2019”.

According to the NHDSC website, in 2021, Americans will reportedly spend more than $7.5 billion on hot dogs and sausages in supermarkets.

Last year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, Joey Chestnut ate 76 dogs and buns — the record for most hot dogs eaten in 10 minutes.

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America’s favorite hot dog topping is mustard

At the start of hot dog season last year, NHDSC published a survey that found Americans’ favorite hot dog topping was mustard.

According to the survey, 68% of respondents chose mustard as their favorite topping, followed by ketchup at 61%.

However, NHDSC’s etiquette rules say that adults should not put ketchup on hot dogs.

According to the NHDSC, Americans' favorite regional style of hot dog is the New York style, an all-beef frank topped with steamed onions and yellow mustard.

According to the NHDSC, Americans’ favorite regional style of hot dog is the New York style, an all-beef frank topped with steamed onions and yellow mustard.
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Other favorite toppings include onions (44%), relish (41%), chili (30%), cheese (29%), sauerkraut (20%), mayonnaise (19%), bacon (14%), jalapeños (13%). There are ) and coleslaw (12%), according to the council’s survey.

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Last year, NHDSC also found out which regional hot dog style Americans prefer in addition to New York.Style – an all-beef hot dog topped with steamed onions and yellow mustard — comes out on top, followed by Chicago Style — yellow mustard, dark green relish, chopped green onion, an all-beef hot dog topped with a pickle spear, sport peppers, tomato wedges and celery salt, served in a poppy seed bun.

Michigan Coneys — an all-beef hot dog with chili sauce, mustard and onions — came in third.

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Hot dogs come in a variety of shapes

Meat delivery company Rastelli’s sells “round hot dogs,” which are flat, round patty-like hot dogs that fit on a hamburger bun.

The food innovation went viral on social media last year, confusing many Twitter users, Fox News Digital reported at the time.

Rastelli previously told Fox News Digital that the company decided to create round, flat hot dogs after receiving requests from customers who wanted them. "Front pieces" dogs

Rastelli previously told Fox News Digital that the company decided to create round, flat hot dogs after receiving requests from customers who wanted “pre-sliced” dogs.
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While many say the product is similar to bologna, Rastelli told Fox News Digital that his round hot dogs are made differently from bologna.

Black Angus beef and premium pork are sliced ​​together — fully emulsified or liquefied “like some traditional bologna” — and wrapped in a collagen casing and net to help “hold shape,” the company told Fox News Digital in a statement. The statement said.

The company told Fox News Digital that it was designed to prevent young children from choking on traditional hot dog casings and to address the issue of condiments that “always fall off the hot dog when you take a bite.”

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Hot dogs are still not sandwiches

Mittenthal told Fox News Digital that even if the invention fits in a sandwich bun, hot dogs are still not sandwiches — as the NHDSC insists on its website.

Americans' second favorite regional style of hot dog is the Chicago style.  Chicago hot dogs are beef franks topped with yellow mustard, dark green relish, chopped green onion, pickle spear, sport peppers, tomato slices and celery salt, served on a poppy seed bun.

Americans’ second favorite regional style of hot dog is the Chicago style. Chicago hot dogs are beef franks topped with yellow mustard, dark green relish, chopped green onion, pickle spear, sport peppers, tomato slices and celery salt, served on a poppy seed bun.
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“What we’re talking about is that 99% of people eat hot dogs, which are tubes on a bun,” Mittenthal said. “And it’s not a sandwich. A bologna sandwich is a sandwich. But it’s bologna and it resembles a hot dog, but it’s not exactly a hot dog. So no, a hot dog is still not a sandwich.”

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Hot dogs are made with meat

While it may seem obvious, Mittenthal says the most common misconception about hot dogs is “how they’re made and what goes into them.”

“It’s a very simple process because of how they’re made,” Mittenthal added. “Hot dogs are pieces of meat that are cut up a lot — steaks and roasts are cut up, they’re very tender, they’re stuffed into a casing, and they’re seasoned with spices.”

“It’s very simple,” Mittenthal said. “All the assumptions that people have going into hot dogs are wrong. It’s just meat. It’s what you see on the ingredients label. If it says beef, if it says pork, if it says poultry. That’s it. And it doesn’t get any more complicated than that.”