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May 7, 2011 01:06 PM

Question about Hot Dog on a Stick

Anyone know why Hot Dog On A Stick (that ubiquitous mall food court favorite) uses all-turkey dogs for their corn dogs, but offers beef dogs for regular hot dogs in a bun? It certainly can't be for the health benefits ... or is it?

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  1. lower cost = higher profits. I'm guessin they sell a lot more HDoaS than in a bun.
    They can get away w/ it because people are less likely to notice the difference in taste of the dog when its wrapped in deep fried batter.
    It's a pretty sure bet they're not doing turkey dogs cause they're healthier.

    1. I don't have any inside track info, but it might be for health reasons. They alos offer a lot of sugar free lemonade. Plus, if I recall, they are based totally here in SoCal, right? If that's the case, there is a lot more requests for healthier items here than there is in the South, for example. (And please don't anyone jump on me for that. I have been to a lot of places all over the South and am just using that as an example of a place where "Gardenburger" appears to be a foreign concept.)

      Just my thoughts.

      9 Replies
      1. re: Jelly71

        This is of course from the same chain that offers a "fried cheese on a stick" ...

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Cheese = Dairy = Calcium = Strong bones

          I can justify any and all junk food consumption. It's my calling.

          1. re: Jelly71

            Beef = iron.

            I have slight exercised induced anemia.

            I, too, can justify any and all food consumption as "healthy" and/or "necessary"

            1. re: ipsedixit

              when i was a kid in Orange County, CA, they also sold Fish on a Stick. like fish and chips on a stick (without the chips.) fish is healthy for you. and it was really, really good.

              1. re: mariacarmen


                Holy cow. Why didn't anybody wake me from my slumber!

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  We're talking 35 years ago or so, Rip.

                  1. re: mariacarmen

                    I bet an Orange Julius paired well with a Fish-on-a-Stick ... sigh.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      I always ate the fish with their really good perfectly tart yet sweet enough lemonade. Orange Julius went well with other things, that escape me now.... Although the though of the chalky taste of Orange Julius does not appeal now at all. But i'd eat a fish on stick again in a heartbeat.

                      1. re: mariacarmen

                        I wonder why that' not offered more (or at all)? Fish-on-a-Stick seems like such a natural combo ...

      2. If they offered a foot-long corn dog, I'd be on so board. I know I can always just buy two, but a foot-long just seems more fun. I suppose their fryer units only allow for a standard depth, as regards immersion... Also, it would be cool if the stick (upon which the corndog is impaled) were also edible, perhaps like a firm Pocky-type savory pretzel stick (and offered in different flavor coatings, like spicy mustard, garlicy ketchup, etc.). Like having a crunchy condiment flavor-stick running thru the length of the corndog's interior, softening ever-so-gradually from the moist warmth of the juicy meat. Patent pending ;-)