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How Did Corn Dogs Get Invented?

Corn dogs, the perfect mix of sweet and savory, are a fun snack or a meal that features a hot dog, coated in a layer of cornmeal batter that has been deep fried and is served on a wooden stick. But how were they created?

While the exact history of corn dogs is unknown, their creation happened sometime between 1920 and 1940. Several different vendors have claimed they invented the corn dog, in places such as Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, and California.

Several sources say Carl and Neil Fletcher were the official inventors, at the Texas State Fair in 1942. However, there is a debate as Pronto Pup vendors claim they created the corn dog in 1941 at the Minnesota State Fair.

It is said that the first corn dogs were baked without the stick; the stick was supposedly added in the late 1940s so it could be eaten with ease.

Corn dogs have emerged as a popular fair food item because they are inexpensive and easy to cook. While often considered to be a meal made from cheap ingredients, corn dogs can be considered as gourmet foods when made with high-quality sausage and good batter.

Often, corn dogs are eaten with yellow mustard but can be served with relish, sauerkraut, pickles, ketchup, or mayonnaise.

Corn dogs are enjoyed around the world; in Argentina, they are sold at train stations and are made with cheese; in Australia, they are called “Dagwood Dogs”; in New Zealand and South Korea, they simply call it a hot dog; and in Japan, they call it an American Dog, but make their batter with wheat instead of corn.

While corn dogs are a staple at fairs and festivals, they are also common in school cafeterias and can be purchased at grocery stores to be made at home.