Hog dogs with a message

In 1990, the Viskase Corp. debuted a breakthrough in hot-dog technology. It had developed an edible ink that allowed messages to be printed onto hot dogs during the manufacturing process.

As far as I can tell, this technology failed to find a market. The NY Times reported that "the Viskase Corporation found no takers for its offer to print edible-ink ads on hot dogs."

Perhaps this was because a) what kind of message is best delivered via hot dog?, and b) hot dogs are usually covered with condiments, which would hide the message.

Image source: Newsweek - Jan 22, 1990

Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 14, 2015
Category: Food, Junk Food, Advertising, 1990s



Comments
But... would/could that ink stand up to kraut?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/14/15 at 10:00 AM
Expat47 It depends on the Kraut. I've had some Kraut the hot dog and bun don't stand up to!
Posted by Puptentacle on 11/14/15 at 07:25 PM
Well, there's kraut then there's just spicy cabbage. I'm talkin' about mason jar KRAUT.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/14/15 at 07:27 PM
Ink schmink, just brand your message on it. MMMMM kraut!!!!!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/14/15 at 08:47 PM
Messages are best delivered by cake, either written on or to the face. Which means it's just as well this didn't succeed, or we'd now be able to browse dogwrecks.com.
Posted by Richard Bos in The Netherlands on 11/15/15 at 07:34 AM
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