July is National Hot Dog Month, and according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, [gosh, they have councils for just about everything nowadays, don’t they?] Chicago ranked #5 in hot dog consumption behind #1 New York, #2 Los Angeles, #3 Baltimore/D.C. and #4 Philadelphia in 2008.
Chicago is home to many hot dog manufacturers and processors – such as Vienna Beef, Fluky’s, and Red Hot Chicago – and true Chicago-style hot dogs are made of all beef. Witness Roscata’s Handmade World’s Smallest Kosher Hot Dogs with Mustard Polymer Clay Earrings.
According to Mollycoddle Soap, mustard swirls down this luscious hot dog (bay rum scented)…and the bun is scented as fresh baked bread. You can even request “ketchup” on your hot dog instead of “mustard” when ordering.
Scarymerry. who hails from San Diego, CLAYINFORYA, has hand sculpted these hot dog stitch markers for knitting and crocheting. She assures customers that there are zero calories and zero guilt in these guilty pleasures. [Using both ketchup and mustard may be indigenous to CLAYINFORYA, but it is considered nothing less than a cardinal sin to put anything but yellow mustard on Chicago-style hot dogs.]
Should you be so inclined as to wear your hot dog, hapyfantom has designed this sterling ring with a vintage plastic hot dog charm. You can specify the ring size, [but the listing doesn’t say anything about ordering it with mustard or ketchup].
According to Ewe3, “Hot dog sauce* is a delicacy in West Virginia. There are websites dedicated to the West Virginia hot dog! And, it’s not a hot dog without sauce. My favorite lunch is two hot dogs with sauce and mustard and a peanut butter milkshake.”
“What’ll ya have? What’ll ya have? What’ll ya have? Have your order in your mind and your money in your hand!” is the constant chorus one hears abovethe crowd noise when you walk into The Varsity in Atlanta. crazybeadlady promises that you won’t need your TUMS for this yummy hot dog with lots of spicy chili and cheese. It is perfect for a charm bracelet or as a cell phone charm.
And look who just showed up for the party when they heard us talking about hot dogs:
Now that friends have dropped by, it would be rude for me not to pay full attention to them. So, until next time.
*Editor’s Note: In doing a little Internet research, here is a page of West Virginia hot dog sauce recipes from The Pepperoni Roll website.