An open letter to the creator of the pretzel dog


Dear Sir or Madam,

My name is Doug Aamoth. I’m a 30-year-old technology blogger originally from the Minneapolis area, now living in Boston. In May of 2009, I had my first pretzel dog in the Philadelphia train station while traveling for business. Shortly thereafter, I purchased and consumed two additional pretzel dogs in New York City’s Penn Station while on another business trip. And finally, while here in Las Vegas for the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, I have consumed a total of seven pretzel dogs.

I would just like to congratulate you on creating such a delicious food item. I, like most Americans, like pretzels and hot dogs. But sometimes I don’t want an entire pretzel – they’ve gotten so enormous over the years! While I’m almost always up for a hot dog, I’ve never particularly cared for the squishy white hot dog buns. And if you’re familiar with the conventions of the South Beach diet, you’ll know that you might as well just eat table sugar if you’re going to consume white bread products.

So being able to eat a hot dog while getting a filling, yet not-too-filling taste of pretzel is much appreciated. And while some may find $3.79 for a single pretzel dog to be a bit expensive, it’s like, “Hey, guys. We’re in an airport. What’d you expect?” You could also substitute “train station” for “airport” if you want. Where was I? Oh. You can get two pretzel dogs for $6.00, which I think is a pretty good deal.

Again, thanks for your contribution to the fast food industry. I know I won’t forget it. I’m not sure how healthy pretzel dogs are, but I also don’t eat them all that often so it’s okay to have for a treat. One of our readers called me “chubby” earlier, which I think is a bit short-sighted since he hasn’t actually seen me in person — video cameras add ten pounds and there were two cameras on me when he called me chubby for a total of 20 additional pounds. Also, if I ran up from behind him and punched him in the neck really hard and he fell over, it wouldn’t be fair for me to say something like, “Man, that guy is NOT good at standing upright when attacked for no reason.”


Doug Aamoth