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Sausage Madame

Here's a tasty little bite of history for you: when the hot dog made its debut in Sweden, it was the sausage madams who kicked things off by selling these delights. But, guess what? The scene quickly changed, and the hot dog game became dominated by the sausage guys, 'korvgubbar'


The Box On The Belly

Once men took charge of hot dog sales, they carried sausages in boxes bound on their bellies. Picture this: being a 'Korvgubbe' in Stockholm back in the day wasn't easy. Rules

were strict - a limit of 200 sausages daily, no sales after 1 a.m, and authorities deemed stomach-bound boxes unhygienic, almost leading to a ban. The 'Korvgubbar' resisted with fierce protests!

Now, to the groovy part. In 1959, artist Owe Törnqvist released. Varm korv boogie' - a hit song that sparked debate. The outcome? 'Korvgubbarna' got approval to continue. Nonetheless, most sellers transitioned to grill kiosks, waving goodbye to the iconic image of the 'korvgubbe' with a box on the belly.

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The Cotton Glove

Here's a fascinating fact about the early hot dogs: back in the day, street vendors would serve them piping hot, and to handle the heat, they got inventive. Customers were given gloves to borrow while holding the hot treat. Clever, right? But the problem was that gloves eventually started to disappear, and buying new ones got pricey. So, they came up with the brilliant solution to serve the sausages in bread, and that's how the hot dog found its perfect bun!

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Did you know that references to dachshund sausages and, eventually, hot dogs can be traced back to German immigrants in the 1800s? These immigrants not only brought delicious sausages to America, but also dachshund dogs. The name 'hot dog' likely started as a playful joke about the Germans' small, thin, long dogs.

So, the next time you enjoy a hot dog, you're not just biting into a tasty treat but also a piece of history with a quirky origin!

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More money, more Sausage

Here's a savory revelation for you: according to a recent survey, there's a link between higher income and sausage indulgence. Also, those in the 35-55 age bracket take the lead, munching on an average of 53 hot dogs per person yearly. That's more than one hot dog per week! Interestingly, it's almost exclusively the guys claiming daily sausage rituals.

But wait, there's more! Swedes have a clear favorite topping: mustard takes the lead, followed by ketchup and fried onions. This culinary canvas unfolds a fascinating interplay of income, age, and taste, creating a harmonious symphony of culinary expression.

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Introducing Fast Food

The first-ever hot dog served in Stockholm dates back to the opening of Stockholm World's Fair in 1897. Pretty cool, right? But here's an even more mind-blowing fact: sausages, the predecessors of hot dogs, are ancient! We're talking about mentions in Homer's Odyssey, way back in the 8th century B.C.

Fast forward to the 21th century, and hot dogs have become a Swedish street food staple. History really knows how to spice up our snacks, doesn't it?

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