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Why Doesn’t McDonald’s Sell Hot Dogs? — ‘The Why’

Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. ” Why doesn’t McDonald’s sell hot dogs?” you ask? Good question. (At least it’s certainly better than some of the other wiener questions we’ve received, ya know?)

For those who live under a McRock, The McDonald’s Corporation, according to online sources such as Wikipedia, is reportedly “the world’s largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants”, serving approximately 68 million customers daily ”in 119 countries across 35,000 outlets.” As per usual, some online posters had no clue about the answer to our daily question but that didn’t stop them from commenting.

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(Insert your own “McNasty” joke here)/Image: Flickr

Yahoo Poster “narnia” said McDonald’s doesn’t sell hot dogs “because they would call them McWieners and that’s not okay”. Another “anonymous” poster thought that it would be embarrassing for a guy to go in and tell the cute girl behind the counter that you “wanted a large McWiener.” (Having one on the other hand . . .)

“Hopalong Cassidy” said that McDonald’s doesn’t sell hot dogs for the “same reason the local Chevrolet dealership doesn’t sell washing machines. “ Finally, as we ponder the logic behind that one let’s consider the response of Amazon poster “LongDongMcJohn”. (Yeah, seriously, a guy like that commenting on wieners . . . yeah, we know . . .) He claims that the fast food giant doesn’t carry hot dogs “because they can’t put in enough salt, fat, and sugar into a Mc Dog. Or maybe it’s because the darn things roll away when they drop them.”

Anyone who has worked at McDonald’s knows that food on the floor isn’t a problem. You just give it a quick bath in the deep fryer.  Trying to catch a runaway hot dog before it rolls somewhere you can’t find it, however, could be a problem. Yeah, “McNasty”. That wasn’t just a nickname for something your randy writer did with some of Ronald’s college-co-ed employees, mmmkay?)

The truth, as told in the 1977 autobiography of CEO Ray Kroc, is that Kroc did not like hot dogs and he prohibited the company from selling them. Kroc did not care about the potential demand. He felt they were “unhygienic.”

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Nevertheless, some time in the late 1990s mainly in some Midwestern stores franchise holders were given the option to sell hot dogs as “a summer item.” Locations in the UK sold them during the late 1990s as part of their “McChoice” menu (later renamed “PoundSaver”).

There was also at least one restaurant in the US that sold Oscar Mayer hot dogs and McDonald’s at special locations in Toronto, Canada offered hot dogs until 1999. In Tokyo, Japan hot dogs were available through 2001 and were reintroduced in 2009. Still, despite several attempts, the “McHot Dog” never sticks and remains in the top 5 of the “failed” product attempts.

Why doesn’t McDonald’s sell hot dogs? Now you know.

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About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.
  • Carmen gonzales

    Information good, levity great, Mr. Phoenix!

    • Will Phoenix

      Thanks Carmen but be careful. ‘Cause you know with ME, flattery will get you EVERYwhere!