Prontopup (Corn Dog)
Months ago, I mused out loud about origins of the Corn Dog and the conflicting historical information all centered around the early 1940's. Just this evening, I found the owner of Prontopup
replying to my old post, which I will quote under my signature line.
Dave, September 24, 2004 wrote:
The first Pronto Pup was sold in 1941 in Portland, Oregon at the Pacific Exposition. I have newspaper articles, letters and photos of the stand.
The Pronto Pup is the original corn dog! Everything I've seen regarding corn dog history goes back to maybe 1942. No Corn dog except Pronto Pup goes back before 1942. I think that several people saw that stand in Portland and ran home and developed their own "hot dog on a stick" mix for fairs in Texas, etc.
My dad bought the Pronto Pup Co. in 1950 from the creator, George Boyington of Portland, Oregon.
The beauty of the internet, if you wait long enough, someone will eventually answer your question!
Cathy2, April 16, 2004 wrote:
The foolproof way to find Cozy Dog when passing through Springfield is to follow Business Route 55, which is also the old Route 66 route before I-55. Thus I was able to recently impress my family with an impromptu visit for their freshly made Cozy Dog a.k.a. corn dog.
As we approached Cozy Dog, I did not have a déjà vu moment. It was more like I don't recall this place but the sign says it is Cozy Dog. Like everything else in our urban landscape, the old Cozy dog structure was torn down to make room for a Walgreens. Cozy Dog built a large somewhat featureless building next door. In the older, smaller location, upfront was the staging area for the fresh dip and fry of your Cozy Dog. The new arrangement does not give you the same intimate feel with your Cozy Dog's production. In fact, I don't recall seeing any staging area, just a kitchen in the rear. We placed our order and walked around until our food was delivered to our table. The new building just doesn't have the roadside rustic feel of the original, though they worked very hard to decorate the interior with Cozy Dog and Rt 66 relics and souvenirs
As startled as I was by the new structure, I did enjoy my Cozy Dog. The hot dog was nicely encased in cornbread-type coating and crisply fried. I plopped some mustard on a plate to dip my dog between bites. I was somewhat amused my younger niece took one bite, declared the hot dog spicey and never had another bite. Spicey is certainly in the eye of the beholder.
Shortly after our Cozy Dog experience, I unintentionally ordered a Corn Dog at a Sonic Drive-In in Mississippi. The Sonic corn dog was factory-made, frozen and dropped into a fryer. Compared to the gold standard Cozy Dog, the Sonic corn dog had a cornmeal crust which was much thicker than the Cozy Dog. The Sonic corn dog was cooked through but probably due to the thickness of the dough, it had a mushy texture suggesting it was undercooked with an exterior crust not as crisp as the Cozy Dog.
Dreamin' of my next visit to Cozy Dog on Rt 66.
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