While the jury’s still out on knowing exactly who invented the corn dog, one thing is certain: It’s about as American as food items get. Cornmeal was a staple of the Native American diet, and hot dogs are an American adaptation of a German classic. The marriage of these ingredients led to the creation of an item that dominated a fair share of 20th century grab-and-go food sales, and in the process, became a cultural icon. On March 20, we celebrate the corn dog’s iconic status with National Corn Dog Day!
National Corn Dog Day timeline
The Krusty Korn Dog machine is featured in the Albert Pick-L. Barth catalog of hotel supplies.
A small shop named Pronto Pup begins selling hot dogs coated in cornmeal and deep-fried on a stick.
Vaudeville performers Carl and Neil Fletcher start selling ‘Corny Dogs’ at the Texas State Fair.
Illinois-based Cozy Dog Drive In, which claims to be the first to sell corn dogs on a stick, opens its doors.
National Corn Dog Day Activities
Take a trip to Coney Island
Coney Island might not be the home of the first corn, but you can certainly find a lot of them here! Check out the pier for all of the hot dog stands.
Make your own
If they were difficult to make, they probably wouldn't be served at fairs. Making corn dogs is an easy process, and if you do it at home, you can have it your way. Mushroom swiss hot dog for the inside — why not?
Find the best near you
Corn dogs aren't just for fairs anymore! Check out your local holes-in-the-wall to see if they're hiding this American classic somewhere on their menu.
Why We Love National Corn Dog Day
They're the everyman's food
The appeal of the corn dog crosses economic boundaries — rich or poor, you'll have a hard time finding a whole group of people who isn't down with the corn dog.
They're easy to eat
It's practically a universal truth: if it can be eaten on a stick, it better be eaten on a stick.
They're the opposite of healthy
Salads have their place in the world, but when you're looking for something to stick to your ribs, corn dogs do the trick.
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