First of all, the hot dog was not always in the forms as we know it today. In the beginning, a hot dog was simply a sausage, nothing else.

The sausage, which is the most important part of the hot dog first turned up in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany – this is where the name frankfurter comes from. The sausage was first produced by butcher Johann Georghehner who promoted his sausage in Frankfurt-am-Main.

The frankfurter had gone into production a few years before Columbus discovered America. It is assumed that the American hot dog appeared with the European sausage brought to America by different nations, possibly Germans or Austrians. The predecessor of the hot dog was sausage served with milk roll – allegedly sold by a German immigrant in New York city first. Later, in 1871, Charles Feltman, a German baker opened the first hod dog stand in Coney Island serving the sausage in milk roll.

In 1893, more people learnt about sausages: during the Columbian Exposition, several visitors tasted sausage and they liked it.

But how did the bun appear?

The bun appeared during St. Louis Purchase Exposition in 1904. Anton Feichtwanger used gloves to handle the hot sausages. At one point, however, he run out of these gloves and he had to improvise: he used buns to hold the hot sausages instead. The meat perfectly fit the long bun and this was the moment when the first hot-dog bun was born.

This practise was used by other German immigrants and this was the form of hot dog that started spreading.

But we still have one more important question: where does the name hot dog come from? Historical references say that not only did German immigrants bring sausages to America but so-called dachshund dogs. These were small and thin dogs. When the ships arrived in America, people combined the two names.

promote – népszerűsít

assume – feltételez

appear – megjelenik

predecessor – előd

exposition – kiállítás

spread – terjed

reference – forrás

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