What’s not to love about a corn dog?
A traditional tasty hot dog wrapped in delicious cornbread and dropped into an oil-filled deep fryer.
Is your mouth watering yet?
If you are looking for a quick and easy snack to enjoy on the go, you will struggle to find better than a corn dog. So, it’s only right that we have a day just for corn dogs!
Read on to discover more about the day itself and some ideas on how to celebrate it.
The history of corn dogs
Corn dogs are an American treat that has a multicultural and interesting history. You can trace the heritage of corn dogs to Germany’s sausage makers and, by extension, those who immigrated to Texas in the United States.
It wasn’t plain-sailing for those German Texans, though. Once they made their way to the U.S., they discovered that Americans did not enjoy their traditional sausages as much as those in Germany did. So, they had to think outside of the box! They decided to dip the sausages into American cornbread and fry them, perfectly marrying the two cultures and creating a delicious treat.
It was in 1927 that the first corn dog was documented on record in the United States. The process of making corn dogs featured in a patent submitted to the United States Patent Office.
Since then, corn dogs have only grown in popularity, especially at county festivals and fairs. You can even buy frozen corn dogs from local grocery stores, heating them at home so that you never have to be without your favorite treat.
When is National Corn Dog Day?
National Corn Dog Day will take place on March 16, 2024.
National Corndog Day is a celebration of the start of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, the corn dog, Tater Tots, and American beer that occurs on the first Saturday of March every year.
When did National Corn Dog Day first take place?
National Corn Dog Day was inaugurated in Corvallis, Oregon, in 1992 by Henry Otley and Brady Sahnow. The first celebration was informal, involving basketball and corndogs. However, National Corn Dog Day has expanded over the years, including tater tots, beer, and expanding to other cities.
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Why do we love corn dogs so much?
You may wonder why corn dogs deserve their date on the calendar.
Well, there are a lot of reasons!
Corn dogs are an indulgent, satisfying treat. We don’t recommend you eat them every day, and that’s what’s so great about them. Sometimes a salad simply won’t do the trick!
Corn dogs are also incredibly easy to eat. They are usually served on a stick, meaning you can eat them on the go if you wish.
The benefits don’t end there!
Corn dogs are everyman’s food. Everyone can enjoy a corn dog, young or old, male or female, rich or poor.
How to celebrate National Corn Dog Day
Of course, the obvious thing to do on National Corn Dog Day is to eat a corn dog!
But, why not do a little bit of research to find out where the best corn dogs are served in your local area? After all, only the best will do on National Corn Dog Day.
Or, if you are feeling brave, why not make your own?
Making corn dogs is pretty easy, and you can enjoy experimenting with different varieties (like the Korean Corn Dog). You could even invite some friends and have a corn dog-making competition.
Find out who can come up with the most unique yet tasty concoction!
What to do if you have any leftover corn dogs
We’re sure you won’t have many corn dogs leftover, but you can save them for another day if you do. You can store a leftover cooked corn dog in the freezer or refrigerator in an airtight container.
Frozen corn dogs can be stored for as long as two months. Refrigerated corn dogs should be eaten within two or three days.
The perfect excuse to enjoy a corn dog or two!
So, grab a pen and make a note of National Corn Dog Day on your calendar. You wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate this day in style.