Hotdogs, What are They Really?
Is a hotdog a sandwich?
This simple question has been asked for tens of years and it's time to get to the bottom of this mystery!
First and foremost, what is a sandwich? Im not just referring to that sometimes soggy thing that your mom would pack for you when you were a kid, I mean what makes a sandwich a sandwich.
Why not start with the very definition of the word? The Oxford dictionary defines a sandwich as “an item of food consisting of two pieces of bread with meat, cheese, or other fillings between them, eaten as a light meal.”
By this simple definition a hot dog is a sandwich, it is a piece of meat in between two buns that can sometimes contain other fillings.
Even the FDA says that "A sandwich is a meat or poultry filling between two slices of bread, a bun or a biscuit."
So it's as simple as that right? Wrong.
The FDA also says, however, that this definition excludes items like burritos, wraps, and yes even hot dogs.
So the FDA doesn’t think that hot dogs should be considered a sandwich, but the FDA has been wrong before.
The next step is to ask the people of the world what they think. In a poll taking into consideration the votes of over 2000 people, 53% of them actually considered hot dogs to be a type of sandwich.
So… is it a sandwich… well why can’t a hot dog be a taco; after all a taco is defined as a protein that is surrounded on three sides with a starch.
In this case, a subway sandwich that is not cut fully through, which is typically how they are made, are also tacos but that's not the point.
This settles it because not only does this comply with the FDA’s definition of what a sandwich cannot be but it also falls under what makes a taco a taco. In short, while the majority of people surprisingly consider a hotdog to be a sandwich, they are in fact tacos.