And the Wiener Is…

Okay, before we get to the results of my first ever unofficial poll on this blog, I would like to thank each and every person who voted, especially those who might not typically comment. I always think stuff like this is cool because this is one way we get scientific information, y’all — through research. This is also how we learn new stuff. And boy, did I learn something new here.

Okay, drumroll please, *everyone making drumming sounds with their hands*

The results are:

Corn Dog — 999,999 (approximately)


Corny Dog — 1 (because I call it a corny dog!) Proudly.

To those who don’t approve — You can bite me!

Dammit! I feel like my results must be skewed somehow, and if I’d paid more attention to stats class in college, I might understand why and how.

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(Oops! I think these are the wrong stats. Never mind.)

Anyway, because of these cockamamie results — who are you people, anyway? — I decided to do a little more research. I won’t bore you with the details, but what’s of interest is that I am not the first to take a poll to find out whether people refer to a thickly coated, cornmeal battered hot dog as a corny dog or corn dog. That, in itself, gives legitimacy to my poll for even asking the question. Yeah!


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So thank you Google, Zagat and Channel 11 news out of Houston, Texas, for giving legitimacy to my poll. However, good luck finding the results to the Zagat poll or the KHOU 11 News poll. I looked and  never found their results. So WTF?!!! Perhaps their polls are still ongoing years after they began. This gives me hope for my poll. (No. No it doesn’t.) But, you never know. (Yeah, I think I do.) Well, at least I might get another person who will stand with me on this side of the debate. (Nope. Not a snowball’s chance in hell!)

I think Allen with Midnight Goose is probably close to the truth when he stated, “…but I think it’s more likely to be called “corny dog” in Texas since that’s what they were called at the Texas State Fair back in the day…”

That is a very astute observation, Allen. FYI,  we still call them corny dogs at the Texas State Fair — TO THIS DAY!

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However, I can’t rule out Chad’s take on this debate either, which you can find in my post entitled After Christmas Conversations on the Square Part 2 which, in my humble opinion, is worth reading (as are Parts 1, 3, 4 and 5) if you are so inclined. Also, this whole question/debate thing has been an ongoing thing I’ve been asking people for many, many years now. It was reignited when Pip from Pip’s Tips (she’s from the other side of the pond, y’all) asked an innocent question in the comments section of an An Authentic Chain Restaurant on August 20, 2018, at 4:21 PM CST — “What is a corn dog?”(Yes, Pip, I’m throwing you under the bus here.) (Jan, it’s all Pip’s fault!)

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By now, I know Pip’s discovered that a corn or corny dog is deep fried, cornmeal battered deliciousness on a stick! Gotta have mustard with it! And I’m not going to get into any debates about whether a hot dog is just a sausage or a whole different entity than a sausage or whether a corny dog can have sausage instead of a hot dog in it.

Of course this whole thing might take on a very different meaning in other parts of the world where they actually eat dog meat. So, just to be clear, our US hot dogs don’t have dog meat in them. At least I don’t think they do. God forbid. And — Ew. No. Don’t do it, people! Just say no to eating dogs! And now I may not eat another hot dog again for a very long time, circumcised or uncircumcised, which, btw, is what makes it either kosher or not.

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Wait. Are we still talking about corny dogs?

Okay. Sorry. I think I got off track a little. Shit. Just disregard where it starts, “And now I may not eat… through …kosher or not.”

So, I’ve thought long and hard about this, and I’ve decided that the story that goes along with this impromptu poll is too long for this particular post. And that’s saying something. So, whenever I come out with a book, the corn dog/corny dog debate/story will go in there in its full monty glory.

In the meantime, if you wish to read more about corny dogs, here are several read-worthy articles and at least one other informal poll for your perusal —



P.S. Okay, Pip. It’s your turn to write about a full English breakfast!


20 thoughts on “And the Wiener Is…”

  1. I’ll check your links about the history of corn dogs. I’m just wondering if there’s any place I can get them in the UK. I’ll have to investigate x

    • Okay, so I googled “where can I get corn dogs in leicester” and I came to this – I don’t know if any of these restaurants actually have corn dogs or if it’s a bait and switch kind of thing. You may be familiar with some of these places. Also, Tesco is claiming to carry them. But until you’ve had a Fletcher’s Corny Dog at the State Fair of Texas (about a month at the end of September into October), you just haven’t had a true corny dog set in a corny dog environment. Hey, wanna come and visit?

  2. I’m on board with mustard too! I always have to have corn dogs when we go to the Tulsa State Fair! Incidentally, the Tulsa Fair is the same time as the Texas one, but not nearly as big. For years, I had to keep frozen corn dogs in our deep freeze because Shane lived on them.

    • So do you think that the people who run the fair, travel from city to city like the circus? When is y’all’s state fair?

  3. I can’t say I’m surprised by the results.
    I mean really, we don’t call it a Funnelly Cake or a Snowy Cone do we?
    No. We don’t.
    And let’s talk about that Fletcher’s fair sign. The representation of that corn dog… with the dribbling mustard hat?
    Very disturbing.

    • And yet, the ONLY thing we call it at the State Fair of Texas is a CORNY DOG! And since the word corny is an adjective and dog is a noun, using corny to modify dog in this situation certainly wouldn’t be improper. That aside, and based upon your response here, however, is it possible you missed everything I wrote after the stats? Oops! LOL! Thanks for contributing though!

  4. I have an English sister-in-law and we’re quickly pinning down some food differences. Corn dog was a mystery to her. She doesn’t agree with me on pigs in a blanket, is flummoxed by my definition of biscuits, isn’t entirely sure what a hot dog is (I’ll have to tell her about the circumcised/uncircumcised thing, that might help her understand! So true!). She is also blissfully unaware of American cheese and all of its mysteries, apparently they get their cheese from cows or something over there?

  5. Right? American cheese is a mystery. How fun to go back and forth with your sis-in-law about these things though. The whole savory pudding thing is what stretches my thinking. Do you think any of their spotted dicks are circumcised? Pip, if you read this, what exactly is a spotted dick? And I know, y’all are English and circumcision is frowned upon. Is that still a growing trend in the US does anyone know?

    • Exactly! And Jett is such as sweet boy, too! Don’t show him that picture! I don’t want Jett to be traumatized! As to Buddy, well, he just would not stand for that at all! He would have that costume shredded well before we even tried to put it on him! Hot dog, indeed! Oh, the indignities!

  6. Suzanne,
    Oh, my gosh! I hope you get to try one some day! Preferably at a fair somewhere with the whole fair atmosphere going on! You might want to stay off rollercoasters and rides that flip you around afterward, though!

  7. I hate mustard. I won’t eat it unless it’s mixed with mayo in a salad dressing (like for potato salad or egg salad, not a green salad, which sounds awful with a mayo based dressing). I eat corn dogs with ketchup. Or depending on how hungry I am, I may just unhinge my jaw and swallow them whole, stick included. I like to ingest food.

  8. Adie,
    You sound like you have this down cold. Far be it that I would even consider changing how anyone enjoys their food! Plus, the stick provides roughage. LOL!


  9. I just realized that I never asked you if you ever went to a Watsonburger when they were still around. They breaded their corn dogs with pancake batter. Sooooooo yum! They weighed like fifty-two pounds so they had two skewers slipped into them for better stability, and you could feel the diabetes and stroke coming on as you ate them, but so worth it. And of course, they were best with mustard.


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