All Hot Dogs Rant

No Ketchup!

Originally Published on 05-25-2009
Revised and amended on 02-21-2012

A Gentle Reminder:

I am re-posting this link to another article on a great site
called “The Straight Dope” that explains why
you don’t put ketchup on a hot dog.
(you can, but you really shouldn’t).

Here’s an excerpt:
“Ketchup smothers the flavor of the hot dog because ketchup makers add sugar to their products. That takes the edge off the highly acidic tomatoes, but it takes the edge off everything else, too. Which is exactly why a lot of parents like it, according to Mel Plotsky, sales manager for the David Berg hot dog company in Chicago. (Chicago is one of the hot dog’s holy cities.) Put ketchup on it and a kid will swallow anything — and from there it’s a straight shot to Velveeta cheese, Franco-American spaghetti, and Deborah Norville.”

This is one of the few things that New Yorkers and Chicagoans can agree on.
If you want to put ketchup on your french fries, by all means go for it!

If you also put mustard on your hot dog, I may forgive you for the “ketchup-ing”,
but ketchup-ONLY on a dog? You’re on your own, kid!

If you’re under 12 years old, you get a pass, but your parents are on notice.
They don’t let you swear or watch rated-R movies or play violent video games,
but somehow they let you put ketchup on a hot dog?
Seriously… where are their priorities?

Even Dirty Harry is on my side.


Also, Happy Mardis Gras!

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