Janet Riley, 202/587-4245
in their Bellies: Sixty Percent of Americans Prefer Hot Dogs
Grilled, New Hot Dog Council Poll Data Shows
Takes Gold Medal in Topping Poll
DC, May 25, 2005Sixty percent of Americans say they
like their hot dogs grilled, according to new poll data collected
by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. The smoke from
those grills will almost compare with the smoking that occurred
when Americas hot dog makers prepared seven billion
hot dogs in anticipation of the demand between Memorial Day
and Labor Day.
second choice for cooking hot dogs: boiling, at 21 percent
of consumers, followed by microwaving (eight percent) pan
frying (four percent) and steaming (three percent).
can resist a grilled hot dog? Not I, said Janet Riley,
president of the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council. In
fact, we greet Memorial Day like kids greet Christmas. The
rising temperatures, the crack of a baseball and the smell
of charcoal mean hot dog season is here.
will Yanks top their franks? Have changing demographics impacted
the way we dress our dogs? Not at all. Mustard remains the
wiener at 32 percent. Twenty-three percent of
Americans said they preferred ketchup, though Council etiquette
recommends against consuming ketchup on hot dogs after the
age of 18. Chili came in third at 17 percent, followed by
relish (9 percent) and onions (7 percent). Southerners showed
the strongest preference for Chili, while Midwesterners showed
the greatest affinity for ketchup. Nationwide, however, mustard
collected by the Council in March indicated that Americans
will consume 27.5 million hot dogs in major league ballparks
this season enough to stretch from Los Angeles to Philadelphia.
Weve got major competition in ballparks thanks
to more diverse menu offerings, but hot dogs still come out
on top, according to Riley.
was done May 17 to 19, 2005, by Opinion Dynamics Corporation,
which conducted telephone interviews with 900 consumers.
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