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July Is National Hot Dog Month – Celebrate America’s Birthday with Hot Dogs and America’s #1 Mustard!

Did you know that hot dogs and mustard were both introduced in 1904 at the St. Louis Worlds Fair? Ever since that time, hot dogs along with Mustard have been an integral part of America’s family summer celebrations – from ballgames and backyard gatherings to picnics and state fairs. French’s Mustard is and always has been, 100% natural, zero calories and gluten free. French’s is a delicious way to top your hot dog but it also adds a boost of flavor without the fat to all your barbecue favorites.

In honor of America’s birthday and National Hot Dog Month, you can also try these recipes below that offer a twist on the traditional hot dog or visit www.frenchs.com for additional recipes. In the meantime, see how much you and your friends really know about the classic summer refreshment and check out these facts & figures:

Fun Facts about Hot Dogs and Mustard*:


·      2.3 billion hot dogs are consumed during National Hot Dog Month which occurs in July.

·      During hot dog season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 7 billion hot dogs are consumed which translates to 818 hot dogs every second during that time period.

·      Mustard remains the most popular hot dog topping – 88% of hot dog eaters use mustard.

·      On July 4th, Americans will enjoy 155 million hot dogs—enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. over five times.

·      The first words Mickey Mouse ever uttered in a cartoon were “hot dogs” (in “The Karnival Kid, 1929). The cartoons he was featured in previously were silent ones.

·      U.S. soldiers in military posts around the world from Fort Meyers in Arlington, VA to Okinawa, Japan to Aqaba, Jordan, consumed 2.4 million hot dogs last year.

·      Classic Yellow mustard is 100% natural with zero calories and is also gluten free, making it one of the healthiest condiments.


Important Dates:

1839- Baseball invented by Abner Doubleday

1903 – The inaugural World Series between the National League (formed in 1876) and American League (formed in 1900) champs.

1904- French’s® Cream Salad (yellow) Mustard introduced at the St. Louis World’s Fair.

1915- French’s® Pennant became the brand’s official logo.

1926- Reckitt and Coleman purchased RT French Company.

2000- Reckitt and Coleman changed its name to Reckitt Benckiser, the current parent company of French’s® Mustard.

2004- French’s® Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Classic Yellow Mustard

2010- Today French’s® Mustard offers Spicy Brown, Honey, Honey Dijon, and Horseradish flavors in addition to its Classic Yellow Mustard and new Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce.




Grill sausage at your next barbecue and add to potato salad just before serving.  Ideal for tailgating parties.

Prep Time: 15 min. Cook Time: 15  min.


2/3 cup                       prepared vinaigrette salad dressing

1/3 cup                       FRENCH’S® Spicy Brown Mustard or FRENCH’S® Horseradish Mustard

1 tbsp.                        sugar

1 ½  lbs.                     red or boiling-type potatoes, cut into 3/4-inch cubes

1 cup                          chopped green bell pepper

1 cup                          chopped celery

½  cup                        chopped onion

½  lb.                           kielbasa or smoked sausage, split lengthwise


1.   MIX salad dressing, mustard and sugar in large bowl; set aside.

2.   COOK potatoes in boiling salted water to cover for 10 to 15 min. until potatoes are tender. Drain and transfer to bowl. Add bell pepper, celery and onion; set aside.

3.   Grill sausage over medium-high heat until lightly browned and heated through. Cut into small cubes. Add to bowl with potatoes. Toss well to coat evenly. Serve warm.


Makes 6 to 8 servings 


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  3. Tiffany on June 29, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I love hot dogs

  4. Sarah L on June 27, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I just like a little hot dog with my mustard. Never ketchup!

  5. Lisa Brown on June 22, 2013 at 4:44 am

    I like plain hot dogs, but this looks good.

  6. Mary Withrow on June 15, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I never thought of adding kielbasa or smoked sausage, to my potato salad. I top with bacon sometimes. I add everything and even kraut sometimes to my dogs!

  7. Adriane on June 13, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I’m a purist – I like my dogs plain 🙂