800px-Corn_01On a recent trip back to the UK, child 3 talked about eating a corn dog. No one knew what it was. So lets play a little game.

Is a corn dog

A) a ‘cute’ name for corn on the cob

B) a vegetarian hot dog made with sweetcorn

or

C) a hot dog, rammed on a stick, coated in a cornflour batter and deep fried?

Of course the answer is C, but A and B were real guesses from real British people who had never heard of corn dogs before.

Here is a photo of two corn dogs being munched. You can tell how healthy it is right away.

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The origin of the corn dog is disputed, with several vendors claiming to have invented this delicacy. I particularly enjoyed reading a patent application filed in 1927 about impaling a range of food on sticks (including wieners) dipping them in batter and then deep frying to produce a “clean, wholesome and tasty refreshment.”

But the principle of taking something basically unhealthy, adding more unhealthy ingredients and then cooking it in an unhealthy manner is not one that is only applied in the US. Corn dogs (or versions of) are eaten in Australia, Canada, Argentina and Japan. There are some great names for them too… the dagwood dog, the pluto pup, the pogo and the dippy dog.

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And while the corn dog might never have made it to the UK (so far) there are similar foodstuffs available. Take the deep fried mars bar. A Mars bar, in translation, is a Musketeer (a Milky Way in the UK) with a layer of caramel above the goo and the top layer of chocolate. In my own country of Scotland they have been dipped in batter and deep fried. The resulted delicacy looks like this. I won’t say what it looks like to me 😉

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