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Hot dog! Toronto chooses perfect street meat toppings

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015

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From the onions and chili of a Coney Island hot dog to the poppy-seed buns of Chicago, our neighbours to the south are the clear ‘wieners’ when it comes to choosing iconic frankfurter toppings.

But why should America have all the fun? As Toronto chows down on National Hot Dog Day, we asked you what condiments would put our city on the street meat map.

The suggestions ranged from the funny (skinny jeans and a beard), to the cheesy (Kraft Dinner), to the intriguing (crushed potato chips). Check out our list and send us your suggestions on Twitter.

Fun facts:

  • Hot dogs trace their origin as far back as the 15th century to various parts of Germany and Austria.
  • Established by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council in the United States, National Hot Dog Day is now celebrated around the world, including Canada.
  • The average hot dog is consumed in 6.1 bites.
  • Mustard is the most popular hot dog topping – 88 per cent of hot dog eaters use mustard.
  • Mickey Mouse’s first on screen words were “Hot Dog!” marking his transition from the silent screen.
  • The name “hot dog” is often attributed to a cartoonist who observed the carts selling “red hot dachshund dogs” on the New York Polo grounds and was unable to spell dachshund, so he printed “hot dogs” instead.
  • Sausages were previously consumed while wearing gloves. As the legend goes, a sausage seller at an exposition during the turn of the 20th century ran out of gloves and had to improvise by serving the sausages on rolls.

Source: Maple Leaf Foods

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