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Corn dog

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Corn dog
Corn dog on stick
Alternative name(s):
Pogo, dagwood dog, pluto pup, corny dog, dippy dog, cozy dog
Place of origin:
United States
Serving temperature:
Main ingredient(s):
Hot dogcornmeal batter
Recipes at Wikibooks:
Cookbook Corn dog
Media at Wikimedia Commons:
Wikimedia Commons  Corn dog

corn dog is a hot dog sausage coated in a thick layer of cornmeal batter, typically deep fried and served on a stick.


Newly-arrived German Texan sausage-makers, finding resistance to the sausages they used to make, have been credited with introducing the corn dog to the United States, though the serving stick came later.[1] A US patent filed in 1927, granted in 1929, for aCombined Dipping, Cooking, and Article Holding Apparatus, describes corn dogs, among other fried food impaled on a stick; it reads in part:[2][3]

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., the resultant food product on a stick for a handle is a clean, wholesome and tasty refreshment.

In 300 Years of Kitchen Collectibles, author Linda Campbell Franklin states that a "Krusty Korn Dog baker" machine appeared in the 1929 Albert Pick-L. Barth wholesale catalog of hotel and restaurant supplies. The 'korn dogs' were baked in a corn batter and resembled ears of corn when cooked.[4]

A number of current corn dog vendors claim credit for the invention and/or popularization of the corn dog. Carl and Neil Fletcher lay such a claim, having introduced their "Corny Dogs" at the Texas State Fair sometime between 1938 and 1942.[4] The Pronto Pupvendors at the Minnesota State Fair claim to have invented the corn dog in 1941.[4][5] Cozy Dog Drive-in, in Springfield, Illinois, claims to have been the first to serve corn dogs on sticks, on June 16, 1946.[6] Also in 1946, Dave Barham opened the first location of Hot Dog on a Stick at Muscle BeachSanta Monica, California.[7]


Corn dog (cross section)
Corn dog with mustard
A sailor aboard USS George Washington places corn dogs on a tray to be baked in thegalley (July 2004)
"Corny Dogs" as sold at theTexas State Fair (October 2008)

Corn dogs are often served as street food or as fast food. Some vendors or restaurateurs dip and fry their dogs just before serving.[8] Corn dogs can also be found at almost any supermarket in North America as frozen food that can be heated and served. Some corn dog purveyors sell these premade frozen corn dogs which have been thawed and then fried again or browned in an oven. Premade frozen corn dogs can also be microwaved, but the cornbread coating will lack texture.[9][10] Corn dogs may be eaten plain or with a variety of condiments, such as ketchupmustardrelish andmayonnaise.


Panchukers in Argentina.

Both vegetarian corn dogs and corn dog nuggets are made as meatless alternatives by many of the same companies that produce veggie dogs.[citation needed]

In Argentina they are called panchukers and are sold mostly around train stations, and are more popular in the inner country cities. They are often consumed on the street, and may contain cheese. They are served with a number of sauces.[citation needed]

In Australia, a hot dog sausage on a stick, deep fried in batter, is known as a Dagwood Dog, Pluto Pup, or Dippy Dog, depending on region.[11] Variants exist that use wheat-based or corn-based batters.[12]These are not to be confused with the British and Australian battered sav, a saveloy deep fried in a wheat-flour-based batter, as used for fish and chips, which generally does not contain cornmeal.[13] InNew Zealand and South Korea, a similar battered sausage on a stick is called a "hot dog", whereas a "frankfurter" sausage in a long bun is referred to as an "American hot dog".[citation needed]

In Japan, something like a corn dog can be found at many supermarkets and convenience stores as "American Dogs" (katakana:アメリカンドッグ) for their American origin. These American Dogs, however, use a wheat-flour-based batter with no cornmeal at all.[citation needed]

In Canada, corn dogs may be referred to as "pogo sticks", or "pogos", after a popular brand name.[citation needed]

Another version comes with either melted cheese between the hot dog and the breading or the hot dog is replaced with a cheese-filled hot dog.[citation needed]

Yet another version is the "cornbrat" (or "corn brat"), which is a corn dog made with bratwurst instead of a wiener or hot dog.[14][15] They are also sold in varieties of different hot dogs such as pork and turkey.[citation needed]

Hot dogs can also so be covered in a potato and egg coating, fried and served on a stick like a corn dog. In effect, the cornbread component is replaced with a latke.[16]

Small corn dogs, known as "corn puppies," "mini corn dogs," or "corn dog nuggets," are a variation served in some restaurants, generally on the children's menu or at fast food establishments. A serving includes multiple pieces, usually 10.[17] In contrast to their larger counterparts, corn puppies are normally served stickless as finger food.

Annual celebration[edit]

National Corndog Day is a celebration of the corn dog, tater tots, and American beer that occurs on the first Saturday of March of every year.[18]

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