7 billion: The number of hot dogs typically consumed by Americans during peak hot dog season, meaning from Memorial Day to Labor Day. That’s 818 hot dogs consumed every second. On Independence Day alone, Americans will enjoy 150 million hot dogs, enough to stretch from DC to LA more than five times.
Mustard: The most popular hot dog topping. According to one 2014 survey, 71% of Americans like to garnish their hot dogs with mustard, while 52% of respondents use ketchup.
$169: The price of the world’s most expensive hot dog in Seattle, Washington. Sold by Tokyo Dog, the cheese bratwurst is smothered in butter Teriyaki grilled onions, Maitake mushrooms, wagyu beef, foie gras, shaved black truffles, caviar, and Japanese mayonnaise.
Sandwich: A hot dog is not a sandwich. While it is wrapped in bread and smothered with condiments, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council has stated that calling a hot dog a sandwich is like “calling the Dalai Lama ‘just a guy.’” The Council came to its decision after noting the hot dog's impact on American history, as well as the “open” nature of the bun.
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