Walmart Knows If Your State Loves Hot Dogs Or Burgers (Photo)

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Between elections, politics, statistics and more, we’ve seen plenty of divides among states. Now it’s time to talk about one that’s especially interesting (and relevant during grilling season): our great nation’s inclinations for hamburgers versus hot dogs.

Walmart has rung in the summer with an interesting state-by-state study of meat preferences, tracking its nationwide sales of burgers and dogs for one month. The results show that only 11 states prefer wieners to patties, according to Brand Eating.

Among those states who pledged allegiance to the dog were Alaska, Hawaii, Michigan and Alabama.

Out of 39 burger-loving states, Texas (unsurprisingly) bought the most hamburger and hot dog buns for its meaty endeavors. Florida came in a close second.

Hawaii showed the most equal preference out of all the states for hamburgers and hot dogs, but the condiment battle was not nearly as close. Across the country, ketchup clearly beat mustard for America’s favorite spread.

Walmart also kept an eye on side-dish sales and found that each state likes to pile plenty of potato salad and coleslaw onto their plates of grilled goods.

The store did not provide much commentary with their study, so I’ll contemplate some of the underlying implications of these results.

It makes sense that burgers lead the nation in grilling purchases, as the burger is an even more versatile palette than the hot dog. While hot dogs can be piled to the sky with kraut, relish, chili and more, burgers have the luxury of being much more malleable. For one, their flavor profiles can be completely changed with various types of seasoning, cheese, vegetables, proteins and breads. You can stack meat, avocado, red onion, bacon, lettuce, tomato, an egg and mayo on a burger, but you just can’t do the same for a dog.

It’s only fitting that ketchup trumps mustard, as only a brave minority can tolerate the horseradish quality of the yellow condiment. And coleslaw and potato salad are refreshing yet indulgent, so it’s no surprise they’re two favorites.

If this post has you yearning for the grill, check out this recipe for bacon-wrapped hot dogs and cheeseburger sliders, and have a happy and safe Fourth of July.

Source: Brand Eating / Photo credit: Pixabay, Walmart via Brand Eating

Tags: hamburgers, hot dogs, states, surveys, Walmart
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Check Your Hot Dogs — They May Be Recalled! (Photos)

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We’re buying hamburgers and hot dogs like crazy now that the summer season is starting. Baseball, cookouts and even the upcoming Memorial Day weekend has us in the spirit to break out the grill and enjoy some quality cookin’ time outside. That’s why it’s particularly disturbing that there’s a massive hot dog recall happening right now.

Delish reports that over 210,000 pounds of hot dogs have been recalled from retailers nationwide. The issue? Pieces of metal were being found inside of them! Affected brands are reported to be the 14-ounce pack of Nathan’s Skinless 8 Beef Franks and the 16-ounce pack of Curtis Beef Master Franks. Here’s what they look like:

If you have any hot dog packages that look like these in your fridge, check the “Use By” dates. The Nathan’s brand hot dogs will have the use-by date of Aug. 19, 2017, and the Curtis brand will have a use-by date of June 15, 2017. All of these hot dogs were produced on Jan. 26 and say, “EST. 296” on them. These hot dogs were shipped to stores nationwide so it can’t hurt to double-check what’s in your fridge.

According to Food Safety News, the recall notice stated, “The problem was discovered after the (company) received three complaints of metal objects in the beef frank product packages. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions or injury due to consumption of these products.” At least that’s good news!

Those who do have these products in their refrigerators are being urged not to consume them (unless you like metal in your hot dogs, that is). They should be thrown out or, even better, returned to the store from which they were purchased. You can probably trade them in for some non-metal-filled dogs. Then you can go back about your business, grilling out and enjoying the summer.

If you have any questions, you can call 877-933-4625 to learn more. These are some very popular hot dog brands, so I can’t stress enough that you need to double-check your supply! I know a hot dog cookout sounds good, but the risk isn’t worth it.

Sources: Delish, Food Safety News / Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Delish

Tags: Curtis Hot Dogs, food recall, hot dogs, Nathan's Hot Dogs
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Hot Dogs Are Getting Renamed In Malaysia

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Hot dogs may be an iconic food in American culture, but not every country is satisfied with the meal — at least, not its name, anyway.

The Associated Press reports that the U.S. company Auntie Anne’s, a fast food chain that sells a popular snack in Malasia called the Pretzel Dog, has been informed by the Islamic authorities that due to the confusing nature of the Pretzel Dog’s name — it doesn’t actually contain dog meat — the item has to be officially renamed.

The Malaysian Islamic Development Department isn’t leaving the fast food chain high and dry though; it has helpfully suggested that they replace the word “dog” with the less confusing word “sausage,” in order to clearly transmit what the frankfurter wrapped in a pretzel actually is.

“It is more appropriate to use the name Pretzel Sausage,” Sirajuddin Suhaimee, the department halal director, said to local media.

Dogs are billed as unclean in Islam, and therefore not eligible to obtain halal certification; sausages, however, pass Islamic dietary laws.

Auntie Anne’s is taking the request in stride, with Farhatul Kamilah, its halal executive, stating that not only will the chain comply with the new rules, it has already proposed several new names and is currently in the process of waiting for the Islamic department’s ultimate approval. Another American representative of the U.S. chain agreed that changing the Pretzel Dog’s name was a minor issue that didn’t pose any issues.

Per the BBC, however, the Malaysian Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz doesn’t agree with the ruling, despite the chain’s acquiescence.

“Hot dog is hot dog lah. Even in Malay it’s called hot dog — it’s been around for so many years. I’m a Muslim and I’m not offended,” Aziz told reporters.

“It comes from the English language. Please do not make us seem stupid and backward.”

So what do YOU think? 

Sources: Big Story, BBC / Photo credit: Eat 24

Tags: auntie anne's, halal, hot dogs, malaysia, name change
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Do You Really Want To Know What’s In Your Hot Dog?

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Pretty much everyone loves a good hot dog, especially during barbecue season. And there are plenty of kinds to choose from: beef, chicken, turkey, even meatless for the vegetarians! But how often do you question what’s really in your hot dog? Do you even want to know?

A group of scientists in Malaysia have decided: Yes, they want to know. And their findings aren’t looking so delicious after all.

According to Munchies, the study was performed using DNA testing to identify the meats inside 20 franks purchased from Malaysian markets. Surprisingly, they found that there was a “rampant substitution of beef with buffalo.” In other words, you might be eating hot dogs consisting of buffalo meat rather than beef. Does that change your appetite for the staple food of backyard barbecues and baseball games?

Munchies reports that substitutions of beef with both buffalo and horse meat are getting out of hand, due to high prices of beef. So you might prefer to opt for the meatless versions after all.

On the bright side, this type of study goes to show that false advertising and secret substitutions are not going to fly for long. Thanks to scientists and those with inquisitive minds, these types of secrets are brought into the light and communicated to the public enough that food producers are forced into honesty, or should be, soon enough. Three cheers for scientists!

Sources: Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, Munchies / Photo credit: Los Angeles Eats/Instagram

Tags: Food News, hot dogs
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Joey Chestnut Eats 70 Hot Dogs In 10 Minutes, Breaks World Record, Confounds Us All

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Competitive eater Joey Chestnut set a world record on the Fourth of July when he scarfed down 70 hot dogs in 10 minutes at the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, according to the Associated Press.

To clarify, an actual 32-year-old human managed to consume 7 hot dogs per minute — the most ever devoured at the competition.

That’s not even the most he’s eaten; Chestnut set another record in June when he ate 73 1/2 hot dogs during a qualifying event.

The competitor arrived at the 2016 contest with a vengeance, as his eight-year winning streak was broken in 2015 when Matt Stonie beat him for the championship title.

Chestnut said the upset “woke up the sleeping giant” — inside of his high-capacity stomach, we guess — and stole back his thunder by ingesting a full 17 more hot dogs than Stonie. 

Chestnut claimed his revamped training regimen, which includes eating sprints and running-and-weightlifting workouts, helped him reclaim the coveted Mustard Belt, CNN reports.

They don’t call him “Jaws” for nothing.

The third-place prize winner inhaled a measly 41 hot dogs.

Sources: The Associated Press, CNN / Photo credit: Ethan/Wikimedia Commons

Tags: competitive eating, eating contest, fourth of july, hot dogs
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