Susan Selasky Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Jul 2, 2019 Grab the hot dogs, steam the buns and choose your condiments. It’s peak hot dog season. Hot diggity! July is National Hot Dog month and Americans are expected to consume 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July alone. You can also mark July 17 to celebrate National Hot Dog Day. And, oh, we Americans love our hot dogs. In honor of the food often dubbed “tube steak,” the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (or NHDSC — yes, there is such an organization) has some doggone interesting facts on one of America’s quintessential foods: In 2018, consumers spent more than $3 billion on hot dogs in U.S. supermarkets. Metro Detroit ranks eighth among hot dog-consuming U.S. cities. Last year, we consumed an estimated 110,578,220 hot dogs. Los Angeles is No. 1 in the nation. During peak hot dog season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans are expected to consume 7 billion hot dogs. Mustard is the preferred condiment for a hot dog. Ketchup ranks second. The council’s hot dog etiquette states that ketchup should not be used on a hot dog for anyone over the age of 18. They… Read full this story
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