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Greggs new hot dogs going down a storm in Big Apple Greggs new hot dogs going down a storm in Big Apple.

Byline: Adam Luke Reporter

NEW York is home of the hot dog - so a Tyneside version was always going to be hard to swallow.

However, the newest addition to Greggs' range went down a storm in the Big Apple.

Representatives of the Newcastle-based chain armed themselves with hundreds of succulent sausages and fresh rolls before crossing the pond and touring some of the city's most famous landmarks including Times Square and the Statue of Liberty.

They also stopped off to give out their precious cargo to passers-by in Manhattan from a food cart, receiving the seal of approval from one of the street food capitals of the world.

Malcolm Copland, commercial director of Greggs, said: "Our product development team have been working hard to perfect the hot dog recipe.

"To ensure the product was 100% authentic we decided to give it the ultimate test by giving street food loving New Yorkers, who know their hot dogs better than anyone, the opportunity to be the first to taste test them.

"The feedback was outstanding, New Yorkers seem to love our version of the iconic on-the-go snack and we cannot wait for the UK public to have their first taste too."

Curio Curtis, who lives in the city which never sleeps, said: "I have been eating hot dogs for years and I can honestly say Greggs have nailed it.

"I would love for them to open a shop here in Manhattan selling hot dogs and some of their pasties I have heard so much about."

The hot dog, served in a freshly baked sub roll and topped with a choice of ketchup, mustard and onions, is available from PS2.50 and will be sold in almost 1,700 Greggs shops across the UK.

To celebrate the launch, Greggs is also offering a once in a lifetime trip to New York for one lucky customer.

To enter, buy a Greggs Hot Dog, take a selfie with it and tweet it to @ GreggstheBakers using #HOTDOGSONTOUR. The Greggs delegation also made a video of the trip, called #HOTDOGSONTOUR, which can be viewed online at HISTORY OF THE HOT DOG THERE are two cities which claim to be the original birthplace of the modern hot dog.

Firstly there is Frankfurt, whose inhabitants insist the"frankfurter" originated from there more than 500 years ago, an exact date of 1484 is given.

In opposition, the people of Vienna claim their city saw the invention of the hot dog (or "weinerwurst") before anyone else. Despite this disagreement, it is generally agreed German immigrants were the first to introduce America to "weiners" beginning to sell hot dogs from pushcarts in the 1860s.

The phrase "hot dog" has a more traceable origin although accounts are still disputed. One origin (according to hot-dog historian Bruce Kraig) relates to American college campuses in the late 19th Century. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, many students commonly believed the thin sausages contained dog meat.

A more innocent and widelyaccepted view on the phrase's beginning relates to a New York Journal sports cartoonist Tad Dorgan. In 1901 at the New York Polo Grounds, Dorgan observed vendors shouting "get your dachshund sausages while they are red hot!" Seeing this, he sketched a cartoon of an actual dachshund dog barking in a roll. The cartoon is said to have been an enormous hit, thus coining the term for more general use.

More recently the hot dog has become enormously popular, especially in America.

For example, residents of Los Angeles ate more than 95 million hot dogs in 2012 - more than any other city in America.


Empire State Building - and a Greggs hot dog

New Yorkers tuck in to Greggs hot dogs in Manhattan
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 25, 2014
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