“Life isn’t fair. A fair’s a place where you eat corn dogs and ride the ferris wheel.”
– Jennifer Brown
And that’s all the excuse we need to head off to the fair, or anywhere else! The corn dog is the perfect blending of foods, delicious corn bread wrapped around a hot dog and dropped into a deep fryer. There’s not much else you can ask from a perfect food is there? But it gets better! They put it on a stick! Everyone knows that anything on a stick is better, and Corn Dog Day comes to remind you of that fact!
History of Corn Dog Day
Corn Dogs ultimately find their heritage in the sausage makers of Germany, and by extension those who immigrated to Texas. While we can’t for a minute understand why anyone would want to move to a state so well-known for being unbearably hot, we have to be glad they did! The German Texans apparently weren’t finding their sausages well received, and it’s said that they innovated and dipped it in a delicious breading and fried it. The first record of the corn dog we have is in 1927, when a patent was submitted to the US Patent Office describing the process thusly:
“I have discovered that articles of food such, for instance, as wieners, boiled ham, hard boiled eggs, cheese, sliced peaches, pineapples, bananas and like fruit, and cherries, dates, figs, strawberries, etc., when impaled on sticks and dipped in batter, which includes in its ingredients a self-rising flour, and then deep fried in a vegetable oil at a temperature of about 390 °F [200 °C], the resultant food product on a stick for a handle is a clean, wholesome and tasty refreshment.”
That’s history people! Since then they’ve become incredibly popular, especially at events like fairs and country festivals, and have found a place in everything from school lunches to being served on military vessels like the USS George Washington. It just goes to show there’s no wrong place to eat a Corn Dog.
How to celebrate Corn Dog Day
Corn Dog Day is a day to finally go out and get yourself your Corn Dog fix, whether you buy them frozen in the store and throw them in the oven, or head out to a local county fair and buy one straight from the vendor. You may also try to expand your corn dog palate by trying a cornbrat, which is a bratwurst deepfried in corn bread, which is just a gourmet corn dog! Yum!