National Corndog Day

2 Apr

Let me begin by pointing out that this is not a belated April fools joke, this is real.

It is not often that you will visit this blog to find discussion of sports, but as March Madness is in full swing, I just couldn’t resist posting this little tidbit from a friend about one of the gleaming highlights of sports food fanaticism and marketing genius.

It turns out that there is a National Corndog Day that is designed to coincide with March Madness. If you get together with a group of friends and supple the beer and big screen TV Hormel (the makers of SPAM) will send you all the free corndogs you can eat. For those of you who are not familiar with corn dogs, picture a hotdog on a stick wrapped in a corn pancake and deep fried. A shining star on school lunch menus everywhere, these odd delicacies have spawned a slew of food knock-offs like the breakfast sausage on a stick wrapped in a maple syrup flavored pancake, or the debonair French sausage on a stick encased in a croissant. The possibilities are endless.

Here is a bit from the National Corn Dog Day website:

“For those of you who may be first timers at this grand event, let us describe it as the happiest day of basketball and meats on sticks that you’ll ever have. National Corndog Day coincides with the Saturday of the final 32 teams in NCAA basketball tournament (this year it’s March 18). This Saturday is the only day all year that one can watch a quadruple-header of college basketball games from start to finish without having to change the channel. Therefore, to celebrate the excitement of the college basketball tournament, and have fun with friends, we eat Corndogs! Lots of Corndogs…

“The highest individual honor at National Corndog Day is the storied “triple double.” This involves consuming – throughout the course of the day – ten corndogs, ten beers, and ten “units” of tater tots (a unit is ten tots, so that’s 100 tots total). Those who achieve this prestigious feat will be awarded a commemorative certificate so they someday can tell their children and grandchildren about their venerable accomplishment. Lesser honors are available for those who complete the “Double-Double”, two of the three goals listed above, or the “Triple-Single” consisting of 5 Dogs, 50 Tots, and 5 Beers.”

If this has whetted your appetite you can learn more at: or

(Thanks to N. Hall for the tip)


One Response to “National Corndog Day”

  1. L-Train April 14, 2008 at 1:10 pm #

    I love corndogs and I’m so excited they made a national holiday for this delicious, albeit processed meat on a stick, treat!

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