Hot dogs come in packs of 10. Hot dog buns come in packs of 8. WHY?! As the condiment that has been bringing foods together for over 150 years, Heinz decided enough is enough. That’s why they started the Heinz Hot Dog Pact.
Heinz is calling on Big Bun and Big Wiener companies to find the answer to this hot dog packaging mismatch, once and for all. They need your signatures more than ever. Let’s change hot dog history together.
For those interested, there’s a fairly logical reason why hot dogs are sold 10 to a package and their corresponding buns come only in 8-count bags.
Before the 1940s, hot dogs were doled out mostly by butchers, meaning customers could get them in customized quantities. But when they began selling in groceries—with heritage brand Oscar Mayer leading the charge—most were packed in 10s to equal a pound. Each weighs about 1.6 ounces. (A few brands package in smaller amounts, often for brats and sausages.)
Commercial bakeries, on the other hand, produce mostly in two- and four-counts because that’s the capacity of their baking trays. Four hot dog buns fit nicely in a row (which is why they’re often stuck together and need to be pulled apart before serving), but five? That would require some rejiggering.
Don’t let this be you: The petition awaits your signature, or you could just do the math and spring for five bags of buns and four packages of hot dogs. Your choice.