There was a time, not so long ago, when meats roasting on spits and gooey marshmallows melting on the end of snapped-off tree branches were some of the only edibles associated with sticks.
No longer, right? We have candy bars on sticks, deep-friend vegetables on sticks, and, yes, the ubiquitous, heavily frosted cake pop.
Much of the modern love of gnawing at something atop an easy-to-hold piece of wood stems from Santa Monica's own Hot Dog on a Stick. The corn dog icon was born just steps from the pier, near Muscle Beach, in 1946. Call it local pride with a side of mustard.
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The hot-doggery's batter-riffic recipe soon spread to mall kiosks across the land in the decades that followed, and just about every fast food fan became acquainted with the frankfurters-and-more chain.
And the chain's legendary hats. The striped château worn by employees has become as much of a symbol for Hot Dog on a Stick as its corn dog, so much so it is a common conversation topic between customers and the employee ringing up their tab.
And it is a hat you can adorn yourself with — well, the paper version of it, anyway — on Saturday, March 28.
That is, if you want a free Hot Dog on a Stick from Hot Dog on a Stick. March 28 happens to be National Something on a Stick Day and the Muscle-Beach-to-the-mall favorite giving away its nosh-worthy namesake. One each per customer, if that customer shows up sporting the printable Hot Dog on a Stick hat.
Find your stylish gear here. Is this your first pdf hat? We're excited. When will pdf hats become as popular as cake pops, though?
You get one Hot Dog on a Stick for your headwear-based show of support on the 28th. We'd also show with a few bucks for a side of that lemonade.
Because that lemonade, right? Dare we call it the third corner in the triangle of greatness that is Hot Dog on a Stick? (With the hat and corn dog representing the triangle's other two corners, of course.)
Could you eat everything on a stick on March 28? That is up to you, adventurous culinaire. For now, though, best print out your hat and find a participating Hot Dog on a Stick location.