The Weeny Witch

From the 1940s to the 1970s, the makers of "Skinless" wieners tried hard, through relentless advertising, to establish "Weeny Witch" parties as a Halloween tradition. Basically, these were parties that completely centered around hot dogs. A "Weeny Witch" (a hot dog dressed up as a witch) would serve as a table centerpiece.

To make the Weeny Witch party more festive the company distributed a pamphlet with party suggestions, which included "Bobbing for Franks" as well as "Feeding the Weeny Witch." The latter involved creating a cardboard cutout of a witch's head. Blindfolded kids would then try to stick their weeny in the witch's mouth.

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Albuquerque Journal - Oct 23, 1949

     Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 31, 2016
     Category: Food | Junk Food | Halloween

I've never understood the difference between a frankfurter and a wiener. Also, I used to buy natural casing hot dogs when I resided in Minnesota. Yes, I know what the casing is generally made of, but the flavor was more honest over a regular hot dog and that snap when biting into one was satisfying.

"Sticking their weeny into the witch's mouth ..." Alex, I thought that this was a family friendly website! Shame on you! 😛
Posted by KDP on 10/31/16 at 01:38 PM
And now, "Feeding the Weeny Witch" is a euphemism for telling the spouse off, no?
Posted by Greg on 10/31/16 at 07:23 PM
I never liked "skin"less wieners. I imagine the kids who wanted them were the same ones who begged their mom to cut the crusts off the industrial bread she used to make their sandwiches.
Posted by Fritz G on 11/01/16 at 06:58 AM
Apparently, a frankfurter is a delicious thin sausage made in Frankfurt, Germany, of 100% pure pork stuffed in a sheep's intestine. A wiener is its cheap imitation from Vienna.
Posted by Yudith on 11/01/16 at 11:44 AM
Fun thing: what they call "Wiener" in Germany, they call "Frankfurter" in Austria. The ones the Germans call "Frankfurter" are made with pure pork, the ones they call "Wiener" are a mixture of pork and beef. And that seems to be the main difference. In both cases, you eat them skin and all.

Of course, what they call both "Wiener" and "Frankfurter" in The Colonies is a pale knock-off of either. For one, it's far too thick and short. It's more like a Knackwurst without the "Knack". (Make your own pun, children!)
Posted by Richard Bos on 11/02/16 at 07:19 AM
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