National Hot Dog Day: Don’t Forget the Bun

Move over hot dog, it’s the bun’s time to shine!

For this year’s National Hot Dog Day, we invite you to celebrate more than just your favorite frank.- celebrate the bun.

A hotdog and a bun are the perfect couple. Without the dog, you are left with a plain piece of bread and without the bun; you are left with a lonely sausage.

How did these two delicious components unite to become an American icon? According to How the Hot Dog Found Its Bun: AccidentalDiscoveries and Unexpected Inspirations That Shape What We Eat and Drink author Josh Chetwynd, an 1880s St. Louis street vendor first married the two tastes so his customers did not burn their hands on the HOT dog.

IMG_7467Ever since then, hotdogs have been a sign of summer and are enjoyed across the nation. Frank fans aren’t just eating the wieners in baseball parks. Hot dogs are common menu items at restaurants, concession stands, grocery stores and schools. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans will consumer 7 billion hotdogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day, which is 818 hot dogs every second. For wheat growers, that means producing the wheat to make all those buns. A bushel of wheat approximately 42 pounds of white flour or 60 pounds of whole-wheat flour. For reference, there is approximately 16 ounces of flour in a one-and-a-half pound loaf of bread.

Hot dogs are made using cured meat and are packed with protein. When served with a wheat bun, hot dog meals contain carbohydrates, fibers and proteins that are essential for maintaining a well-balanced diet.

So this summer, as you are dusting off your grill and cooking up those hot dogs, remember what it takes to complete the perfect frank and….don’t forget the bun!

For more information on all things hot dogs visit the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council website.