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How hot dogs became a pandemic staple as Americans faced the uncertainty of the coronavirus

Hot dogs have long been an American staple. Now, they've also fed the nation through the coronavirus pandemic. (Collage: Quinn Lemmers for Yahoo Life/Getty Images)
Hot dogs have long been an American staple. Now, they’ve also fed the nation through the coronavirus pandemic. (Collage: Quinn Lemmers for Yahoo Life/Getty Images)

The coronavirus certainly seemed to cancel the hot dog’s biggest season as summer plans everywhere have been postponed or scraped as a result of the global pandemic. But through months of quarantine and uncertainty, people across the nation have actually turned to the classic comfort food as a way to ensure that freezers are stocked and smiles are served during this difficult time, leading the industry to celebrate one of its most successful summers for this year’s National Hot Dog Day.

“We turn to foods that give us comfort and make us happy and we know we can trust,” Eric Mittenthal, president of the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, tells Yahoo Life. “We know a hot dog is gonna be delicious, we know it’s

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