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Hot Dog Picnic Premade Etsy Shop Banner by dogrocketcreative

Hot Dog Picnic Premade Etsy Shop Banner by dogrocketcreative

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. 

World's Smallest Kosher Hot Dogs with Mustard Earrings

World's Smallest Kosher Hot Dogs with Mustard 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.

Hot Dog and Bun Soap

Hot Dog and Bun Soap

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.]

Hot Dog Stitch Markers for Knitting and Crocheting

Hot Dog Stitch Markers for Knitting and Crocheting

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].

Hot Dog Ring

Hot Dog Ring

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.”

Yarn - Hot Dog Sauce

Yarn - Hot Dog Sauce

Chili Cheese Bead

Chili Cheese Bead

“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:

Ken Hot Dog

Sock Monkey Hot Dog

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.



  1. My first experience with a Maxwell Street hot dog was this year actually. According to my hubby that is the way to go for Chicago style dogs. I had never had a pickle or sport peppers on a hot dog but thought it was pretty dang good. I think I skipped the onions or relish if that comes on it too.

    I see you snuck a monkey in at the end 😛

    Comment by Sharon Paradiso — 07/06/2009 @ 6:35 am

  2. How does one get a job on the national hot dog council, I wonder?

    Comment by Celeste — 07/06/2009 @ 8:07 am

  3. This might sound insane but I grew up in northwest Florida (aka “The Deep South,” more southern than Alabama and Mississippi combined) and we put… believe it our not, mayo on our dogs!!! To be honest though, I still put mayo on my dog and out here in Cali at baseball games people give me the strangest looks! I just mumble something like “From the South” and they nod and look away. 😀

    Comment by Rachael — 07/06/2009 @ 9:33 am

  4. In response to Celeste’s comment, isn’t that why they have the hot dog eating contest at Coney Island?

    Comment by Rachael — 07/06/2009 @ 9:35 am

  5. great post! I can’t believe all the “items” you found hot dog related. A fun read!

    Comment by cindy — 07/06/2009 @ 2:54 pm

  6. Thank you all for your fun comments on hot dogs. The real test will be next Monday to see if you will come back for asparagus. Things that make go go, “hmmmmmmmm:” Wouldn’t it be funny if Britney Spears was named spokesperson for National Asparagus Month?

    Comment by foxygknits — 07/07/2009 @ 12:36 am

  7. Fabulous article…I love all the pictures too!

    Comment by K. Jones — 07/09/2009 @ 3:18 pm

  8. Love those little hot dogs! They’re so cute! {:-D

    Comment by storybeader — 07/26/2009 @ 2:16 pm

  9. It is amazing to me as to how real they look. By the way, I just returned from the grocery store with two packages of – guess what – hot dogs!

    Comment by foxygknits — 07/26/2009 @ 2:52 pm

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