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Apr 3, 2009 06:09 PM

'Hot diggity dog' hot dog toaster - Worth buying?

Came across a write-up on the above captioned appliance. Interesting invention! Two half-moon shape slots on the top for toasting the buns and two circular slots for the sausage. Any Chowhounder possess one and is it worth getting? BTW, who sells them? Thx!

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  1. Hammacher Schlemmer

    Let me know how it works.......I wouldn't buy such a stupid thing.
    What else can you make with it? Where does all the hot dog grease go?

    I may have mispoken--someones buying it they're sold out.

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    1. re: monku

      Thanks for the info! Apparently, like the George Forman Grill, there's a removable tray at the bottom for the drippings.
      To me, seems like a good and quick idea/gadget to make hot dog snacks for the kids after school. Otherwise, how would one go about making decent hot dogs at home with toasted buns and grilled sausages?

      1. re: Charles Yu

        To each his own.
        I don't need another specialized gadget cluttering my counter.

        I throw the hot dogs in a pan of boiling water or grill them in a pan.
        If I'm grilling the hot dogs in a large enough pan I just grill the buns in the pan while the hot dogs are cooking.

        1. re: Charles Yu

          Very simple. Cook the dogs in one pan, toast
          the buns in another. The toasting pan doesn't
          have any grease in it, so you just rinse
          it out.

          1. re: mpalmer6c

            According to the write-up, the 'circular' slot and heating element will heat the round sausage more evenly and quickly. Which make sense?! I always find it a problem trying to heat up evenly 'cold round' sausages from the fridge using a 'flat toasting pan, especially the larger diameter 'European' sausages! By the time its hot, one always end up burning one or few sides and/or breaking the skin!

          2. re: Charles Yu

            Otherwise, how would one go about making decent hot dogs at home with toasted buns and grilled sausages?

            Preheat the dogs in the Mickey wave (hot thru in about 45 sec for 2) Finish in a pan. My 10" skillet as room for 2 dogs and 2 buns. All done in less than 5 min.

        2. Personally, I was a fan of the old Presto Hot-Dogger (basically an electric chair for weiners.) Yes, it's pointless, but so is a keg-erator. Like the keg-erator, sort of fun when you are 20-something and have your buddies over for a game.

          I am holding out for the Chicago version that ... slices the pickle and fresh tomato ... chops the onion and relish ... splooshes on the mustard (NO GD KETCHUP!) ... and sprinkles on the sport peppers and celery salt. THAT would be a dream machine!

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          1. re: MikeB3542

            That Presto thingy was fun. For those who haven't seen one, the "electric chair" analogy is apt. You stuck the wiener between two prongs - therefore not pointless :-) - and it sent the current between them, electrocuting (and heating) the hotdog from inside.

          2. This isn't new - you could buy them in Toronto decades ago. I've never seen a need for one myself, though I have used them. It's a popup toaster for hotdogs.

            Ordering something from Hammacher Schlemmer does have its advantages. They have figured out how to ship to Canada without gouging and they've made it easy to return stuff across the border. The have been in business for around 150 years, and unconditionally guarantee everything they sell "forever". So you can buy it, try it, and send it back if you don't like it (with shipping charges refunded). Or you can keep it and get a refund when it wears out.

            1. My significant others cleans out foreclosed homes and he found one of those about 5 years ago. He brought it home and cleaned it up, then used it maybe 3 times. I ended up donating it to a thrift shop. lol The concept was okay but we like the hot dogs better off the grill or even cooked inside in a grll pan or on the electric grill.

              1. Ok, I'll confess. My husband loves his Hot Diggity Dogger. You do get really good hot dogs out of it - they're crispy and almost charred like they've been grilled. It works best with regular sized hot dogs and buns - larger sausages can be difficult to extract and larger buns don't necessarily fit (at least on the model I have, which is at least 10 years old.

                Not as good as actual grilled dogs, but faster and more convenient. Actually, my husband used to keep his at work, and his group would periodically have a hot dog roast at lunchtime.

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                1. re: cyberroo

                  My department has used this at work, it;s great for a quick lunch. We bring in all sorts of different toppings, a couple bags of chips or side dishes and every one is happy putting together their favorite dog.

                  1. re: 2sjfoodies

                    Well---glad I did a search for the Hot Diggity Dog because father (late father) invented it back in the 70' this a story or what... but I won't bore you all with the details...but he did take a regular toaster on morning and over a period of time he converted it to close to what you see today...he was in the food business (suprised)...he worked for Shopsys Deli for 25 years from the time he was 12 years old to his mid 30's --he went from being a "weiner peeler " (he was color blind so when he approved green hot dogs on the line --they realized this and promoted him to driver salesman (person)...

                    He was a deli guru --hot dog maven --so if you are interested in knowing more--please email me at ...Tofoody of Toronto

                    1. re: Tofoody

                      Kudos to your dad.
                      Too bad he wasn't messing around with a waffle iron....he might have invented the George Foreman Grill.

                      1. re: monku

                        good point monku. my brother and i are in product development, we may take a stab at a 2nd generation version - perfect peformance and improve

                        1. re: Tofoody

                          Tough to build a better mouse trap.