National Hot Dog Day / National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

National Hot Dog Day

July 23

Hot dog, frankfurter, or wiener is a cooked sausage, traditionally grilled or steamed and
served in a partially sliced bun. Historians believe that its origins can be traced back to the era of Roman emperor Nero, whose cook, Gaius, may have linked the first sausages. After that, the sausage made its way eventually to present-day Germany. The Germans took to the sausage as their own, creating scores of different versions to be enjoyed with beer and kraut. It is said that the frankfurter was developed in Frankfurt, Germany in 1487 five years before Christopher Columbus set sail for the new world. In 1871, Charles Feltman, a German American restaurateur opened the first Coney Island hot dog stand selling 3,684 dachshund sausages during his first year in business. In 2019, more than 871 million pounds of hot dogs were sold through retail stores in the U.S.

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

July 23

It takes 12 pounds of milk to produce just 1 gallon of ice cream. The country that consumes the most ice cream is USA, followed by Australia then Norway. The most popular flavor is vanilla, then chocolate. Chocolate ice cream was invented before vanilla. Vanilla was rare and exotic in the late 1700’s. Ice cream headaches or “brain freeze” is the result of the nerve endings in the roof of your mouth sending a message to your brain of the loss of heat. The average American eats 45.8 pints of ice cream a year. The average number of licks to finish a scoop of ice cream is 50.

Today’s Birthdays of Note….

Woody Harrelson – Actor – born in Midland, Texas

Don Drysdale – Pitcher L.A. Dodgers – born in Los Angeles, California


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