(Hit play on this song and let it play as you read the blog)
Newsweek- Heinz Ketchup Canada just launched a petition to tackle a significant issue that many food lovers can't understand: Why is the number of buns and hot dogs always mismatched?
"Hot dog wieners come in packs of 10. Hot dog buns come in packs of 8. WHY?!" asked Heinz Ketchup Canada on their online petition. "As the condiment that has been bringing foods together for over 150 years, we've decided enough is enough. That's why we started the Heinz Hot Dog Pact. We're calling on Big Bun and Big Wiener companies to find the answer to this hot dog packaging mismatch, once and for all. We need your signatures more than ever. Let's change hot dog history together."
First off, stop what you're doing and go sign this petition-
Second off, standing ovation for Heinz CANADA for taking the lead on something that's been a national emergency here in this country, and apparently to our North as well, for far too long now.
This is the real pandemic. And it's been plaguing us for decades.
Does anybody know the reasoning behind the odd amount of dogs vs buns in packaging?
It's one of those things that's bothered me since I was a kid. (I was a fucking weirdo when I was young and am a weirdo now, not sorry about it).
As a young tyke, I'd look up at my mom, holding back tears in my eyes, and ask her why did I have to eat the last two remaining hot dogs in the package wrapped in Wonder Bread?
She'd reply that the morons at the hot dog roll company thought it was a good idea to only put 8 buns in the bag instead of 10.
It's absolute lunacy. So major props to Heinz (of all companies) to put their balls on the table and demand some sanity around here.
As any real deal journalist would do, I reached out to two hot dog experts for their expert opinions on the matter-
Frank The Tank-
Short and to the point.
Doesn't really take into account that when you have 10 dogs and 8 buns you’ll always have more dogs than buns no matter how many bags you buy. Unless you get to 40 dogs and 5 bags of buns which is an outrageous amount of dogs, Unless you're tank I guess.
So for my next source I reached out to the one and only Dale Vallely (Abraham Ancer's caddie and hot dog connoisseur)
There you have it. From two of the foremost hot dog experts in the game.
Don't you ever say we don't practice real deal journalism here at Barstool Sports.
There is an actual reason behind the madness if you care to know-
"When hot dog buns were introduced, hot dogs were sold in varying quantities at the butcher shop. Not until 1940 were hot dogs packaged the way we currently see them in the grocery store. When manufacturers began packaging hot dogs, they chose the 10 to the pack formula. Today hot dogs are sold most often in eight or ten to the pound packs, but some are sold other quantities as well," the NHDSC (The National Hot Dog Sausage Council) said.
"Sandwich rolls, or hot dog buns, most often come eight to the pack because the buns are baked in clusters of four in pans designed to hold eight rolls. While baking pans now come in configurations that allow baking ten and even 12 at a time, the eight-roll pan remains the most popular," the council continued. "However, to save you from the bread aisle arithmetic anxiety, you need to purchase five bags of eight-to-the-pack buns and four 10-to-the-pack hot dogs to break even."
p.s. - in the U.S. Virgin Islands they say fuck the hot dog bun altogether and go hamburger bun. Absolute wildcard move but I kind of love it
p.p.s. - you Chicago pyscopaths dying on your "no ketchup on hotdogs" hill are really missing out.
p.p.p.s. - thanks for the reminder @ccue07
p.p.p.p.s. - Heinz reached out to let me know, to let you know, that it is a joint effort between Heinz USA and Heinz Canada. They also put this on my radar-