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Tuesday Trivia: It's peak hot dog season in the United States

J. H. Osborne • Jul 24, 2018 at 10:37 AM

What do you put on your hot dog?

If you said "mustard," you're in the majority of Americans, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, which declared July as National Hot Dog Month. (National Hot Dog Day 2018 was last week.)

For this week’s “Tuesday Trivia,” more about hot dogs from the NHDSC:

• During peak hot dog season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans typically consume 7 billion hot dogs. That’s 818 hot dogs consumed every second during that period.

• On Independence Day, Americans typically enjoy 150 million hot dogs, enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. more than five times.

• Of the 90 percent of Americans who say they prepare hot dogs, 63 percent say grilling is their favorite way to cook a hot dog, far outpacing other cooking methods such as steaming (12 percent), microwaving (9 percent) or frying in a pan (8 percent).

• Nearly three quarters (71 percent) of Americans who eat hot dogs say they top their hot dogs with mustard, followed by ketchup (52 percent), onions (47 percent), chili (45 percent) and relish (41 percent).

• Los Angeles residents consume more hot dogs than any other city (more than 36 million pounds).

• According to data for the year 2016, nearly 1 billion pounds of hot dogs were sold at retail stores. That number represents more than $2.4 billion in retail sales.

• Los Angeles Dodger fans consumed 2.6 million hot dogs in 2016. Across the major leagues, fans enjoyed 19.4 million hot dogs during the 2016 season.

• The baseball fans' love of the hot dog coincides with the top ten hot dog consuming cities of 2016 being hosts to MLB teams: Los Angeles; New York; Philadelphia; Boston; Phoenix; Chicago; Atlanta; Detroit; Washington, D.C.; and Tampa.

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