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Why Do Hot Dogs Come In Packages Of 10 And Buns In 8?

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According to the National Hot Dog Sausage Council (NHDSC), “Sandwich rolls, or hot dog buns, most often come eight to the pack because the buns are baked in clusters of four in pans designed to hold eight rolls.” Yep, there’s a council for hot dogs.

Another theory posits that hot dogs are sold in 10-packs and buns in 8-packs because, at every backyard barbecue, two of the hot dogs will inevitably fall through the grill. Once those hot dogs are lost to the flames, eight buns are all that is needed. How many packages do I need to buy to break even?

One hot dog usually weighs around 1.6 ounces so 10 became the magic number to get a pound, which is the standard measurement most meats are sold by. You can find packs of hot dogs with six or eight dogs, but the individual hot dogs in those packs weigh more than the common 1.6 ounces.

Buns and sandwich rolls are usually sold eight to a pack because the baking trays for the elongated buns are typically sized to fit that number. Two sets of four buns come off the tray, which is the reason why buns are often still attached to one another when you open a bag.

Why do hot dogs come in packs of 10 and buns in 8?

The simple answer is lack of coordination. Butchers and bakers work two separate trades. While there is undoubtedly symbiosis between makers of hot dogs and makers of buns, each trade created its own traditions independently of the other.

Though it’s purely speculative, one hypothesis is that bakers like to work in multiples of four, rather than in multiples of five. When kneading dough by hand, continually halving that dough into uniform portions is easier than trying to dole out equal portions of an odd number like five. One notable exception, of course, is the “baker’s dozen” of thirteen. So this theory may not hold up.

You can also find quarter-pound hot dogs sold in — you guessed it — a 4-pack.

If you purchase four 10-packs of hot dogs and five 8-packs of buns, you will have exactly 40 hot dogs and 40 buns.

Swap the bun for a pretzel roll or crusty baguette. Try a hot dog wrapped in lettuce. Wrap it in a soft tortilla.

Another theory posits that hot dogs are sold in 10-packs and buns in 8-packs because, at every backyard barbecue, two of the hot dogs will inevitably fall through the grill. Once those hot dogs are lost to the flames, eight buns are all that is needed.

Over time, ten hot dogs at 1.6 ounces each became standard. Today, larger “jumbo” or “bun-length” hot dogs are sold in packs of eight, but the overall package still weighs about one pound. Hebrew National’s hot dogs used to come seven to a pack and now come six to a pack. The only thing that didn’t change?

Why do hot dogs come in 8 rolls?

According to the National Hot Dog Sausage Council (NHDSC), “Sandwich rolls, or hot dog buns, most often come eight to the pack because the buns are baked in clusters of four in pans designed to hold eight rolls.”. Yep, there’s a council for hot dogs.

Because hot dogs are sold by the pound, and standard-sized hot dogs sold in stores weigh 1.6 ounces, so of course, 10 is the perfect number for a package. This started in 1940 and remains so today.

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