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Why are Hot dogs Red and Why are They Called Hot dogs

hot dogs are red, violets are blue...

I was having my usual grocery shopping yesterday and was in the meat and food section, looking for my favorite sausages and hotdogs, and noticed eighty percent of them were red, so I questioned myself why are hotdogs red? Is there an amazing explanation why the heck that famous food always made red? I couldn’t keep that question bugging me so I researched. Hmm you better read on.

Color of hot dogs…why they’re always red

Just imagine if you’ve been served a jumbo hot dog sandwich sauced with yummy ketchup, mustard and your fave mayo, garnished with tomato, onion, relish, lettuce, bacon and all those that you like, sprinkled with lots of cheese…but your hot dog is blue, not red nor orange-ish…would you still be craving for it?

I want hotdogs with mallows in sticks at camp. What if hot dogs are pink or green or purple…holly molly, where’s the hot dog and where’s the mallow?

Hot dogs are red because they must be. The mashed product often has a grey/white color and by dying them red they appear to look more like meat. Often the hot dog casing is dyed red for the same reason. Hot dogs are red because if not, they won’t look like edible at all.

One more thing is that red (hot dog) is perfect paired for yellow (cheese). It is reasonable enough to attract the appetite.

my red hot dog in cheese

my red hot dog in cheese

Why are they called hot dogs?

Why are hot dogs called hot dogs? Is it because sausage makers use dog meat? No way! Of course that’s too literal. What’s behind these hot sausages from the steamer and griller? There is really a reasonable explanation with how that name was derived. Hot dog, whatever the name is, would always be one of the most loved foods in the world. Below is the history about why we call hot dogs hot dogs today.

History of Hot dogs

Hot dog name origin - In 1902 during a Giants baseball game, Harry M. Stevens sent his salesmen out to buy up all the dachshund sausages they could find, and an equal number of rolls. In less than an hour, his vendors were hawking hot dogs from portable hot water tanks while yelling, "They're red hot! Get your dachshund sausages while they're red hot!" In the press box, sports cartoonist, T.A. (Tad) Dorgan, was nearing his deadline and desperate for an idea. Hearing the vendors, he hastily drew a cartoon of barking dachshund sausages nestled warmly in rolls. Not sure how to spell the word "dachshund" he simply wrote "hot dog!" The cartoon was a sensation and the term hot dog was born. Although historians generally credit him with the name, the supposed cartoon has never been found. –from Linda Stradley from

Hot dog eating contest

Hot dogs aren’t only yummy but also funny. Hot dog eating contest are always a way of fun everywhere. I’m so sure you’ve seen one. Just watch out your kids when they eat because eating hot dogs may cause choking risk.

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The world’s longest hot dog

The current world's longest meat hot dog record holder measured 60 m and has been manufactured by Shizuoka Meat Producers of Shizuoka, Japan. Sara Lee Corp. made the world's longest hot dog, at 1,996 feet long (608.4 m), in commemoration of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. - wiki

How many hot dogs Americans eat?

Americans consume 20 billion hot dogs a year. On average, Americans eat about 70 hot dogs a year per person. Whoa!

Other names and terms for hotdogs

As mentioned above, “hotdog” isn’t the original name of hotdogs. Before the 1880s, there were called “dachshund sausages” and like any other things, hot dogs had many nicknames and some people still use these terms to refer for hot dogs.

  • Frankfurters
  • Franks
  • Red Hot
  • Tube Steaks
  • Wieners
  • Weenies
  • Wiener Würstchen
  • Wienerwurst
  • Frankfurter Würstel
  • Dog
  • Durger

Hot dog cart business

Opening a hot dog cart business would be another brilliant mean to earn money. You must plan it precisely to make it work. You must know where your customers come from and what would your customers want and need. You must know your target market and target profit. Or are you gonna need a big cart and hot dog grill roller, hot dog toaster or hot dog steamer. Are you gonna be selling inside a theme park or baseball stadium? What will be your other products besides hot dogs, would it be better to just franchise from a well known hot dog cart in your place? These are just few from the things you must consider before having a hot dog cart business. But don’t you forget to put in your first list and aim, your hot dogs must be freaking yummy so customers will buy again and again and spread the word.

World Famous Hotdogs

What are the world’s famous hotdogs? The lists below are the famous hot dogs chains in the US.

  • Nathan’s Hot dogs – Nathan’s hot dogs are one of the world’s yum yum. Last year Nathan’s sold over 425 million of its World Famous Beef Hot Dogs.

  • Ted’s hot dogs – Ted's has become famous for our fast friendly service, charcoal broiled hotdogs, homemade hot sauce, old-fashioned milk shakes made with real ice cream, handmade onion rings and other menu items grilled to perfection.

Photo credit: Thank you WKass flickr photostream


Connie Hawk on November 05, 2020:

Years ago when I was feeding my family, I bought whitish hotdogs. I would never give

my family reddish hotdogs. I swore I could

taste dye in them. I cannot remember the

brand now, but if I would go a grocery store

I would go right to it.

Bob on January 30, 2014:

Sausage doesn't look inedible, so the same would be said for un-colored hot dogs. It is probably just something done once and now we're used to it.

twentyfive (author) on September 01, 2010:

hahaha I think I've done that too when I was still so young. Thanks for dropping by Putz :)

Putz Ballard on September 01, 2010:

Hot dogs have always been a favorite and in my youth a special treat. My dad would let me tag along when he went to town and he sometimes stopped in a small grill and bought us a hot dog. I remember saving the paper and carrying it around just to smell the chili and onions.

twentyfive (author) on September 01, 2010:

lol beef is good CM :)

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on September 01, 2010:

I like the pure beef ones with the natural casing.. not good fer ya, but gooooood.

twentyfive (author) on August 31, 2010:

hahaha speaking of, I like chili-dog :) Thanks Prof. Acer

Mentalist acer from A Voice in your Mind! on August 30, 2010:

Haha I'm color-blind so they look green to me,but that doesn't stop me from eating a chli-dog whenever possible,Twentyfive;)

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