Kids & Campfires: Fischer’s Safety Guide

Camping season is here, and there’s no better way to make great memories than by gathering around the fire and cooking up a great dinner together.

If you want to introduce your kids to the joys of cooking over an open fire, Fischer’s® hot dogs are a great way to do it. They’re already fully cooked, there’s no need to worry about undercooking them. Also, since they always taste delicious, they’re likely to give the S’mores a run for their money!

To avoid any fire-related owies, here are some tips to create a safe environment for your kids while they cook over the campfire.

    1. First of all, make sure having a fire is permitted in your area. Many areas of the country restrict fire-building during parts of the year due to dry conditions and potential forest fire hazard.
    2. If fire is allowed, make sure to not overbuild the fire. While a six-foot-tall inferno may look impressive, glowing embers are actually better for cooking than raging flames, as they’re less likely to catch your food on fire and are more comfortable to sit around. Additionally, a big fire arranged in a teepee or log cabin-like structure may collapse as the wood burns, creating a dangerous situation for anyone gathered near.
    3. If it’s windy out, stack extra wood upwind from the fire to create a windbreak. Since oxygen fuels a fire, this can help create a calmer, less chaotic fire.
    4. Equip yourself with roasting forks that are 24″ or longer. Anything shorter and your kids may need to lean in closer to the fire than is safe or comfortable. There are plenty of roasting forks available for purchase in the 32″ to 45″ range. A grill grate that sets up over and across a campfire is another option if preferred over roasting forks.
    5. If using roasting forks, advise your kids not to run with them or swing them around carelessly. The tines can be sharp, and the food on it scalding hot (or even ablaze!), and both running and swinging create situations that increase the likelihood of someone else getting hurt.
    6. Protect bare skin by wearing pants and closed-toe shoes. Even though summer nights may be warm, wearing these items protects bare skin from the occasional spark that may snap, crackle, pop right out of the fire from time to time.
    7. Be prepared for the unexpected by having water or a fire extinguisher on hand. Most fire departments recommend having five gallons of water on hand to pour on a fire at the end of the night to put it out completely, so it’s wise to have that ready from the beginning.
    8. Last but not least, always have an adult to supervise kids around a fire at all times and never leave a campfire unattended.

Do you hear that? The Great Outdoors are calling!

Now it’s just up to you to heed the call and make some smiles with Fischer’s® hot dogs and your family gathered around the campfire.

Tour America by Hot Dog!

The classic American road trip may be canceled this summer, but that doesn’t mean you and your family can’t explore some of America’s greatest cities by way of their preferred hot dog styles.

So go grab a pack of Fischer’s Jumbo Franks and take your taste buds on a culinary adventure. Where would your family most like to visit if it were based on hot dogs alone?

New York

new york style hot dog with pushcart sauce made with caramelized onions, ketchup and brown sugar

Ah, the Big Apple! But no apples on here. While New Yorkers debate which style of hot dog truly defines their home, this version here features a boiled hot dog topped with “pushcart sauce,” which is a mixture of caramelized onions, ketchup and brown sugar. Yum!


atlanta style hot dog is dragged through the garden meaning covered in coleslaw and other vegetables

“Dragged through the garden” is how Atlantans describe their hot dogs. That means loaded with crunchy, creamy coleslaw and any other veggies you like.


detroit style hot dog also known as the coney dog with beef chili, raw onions and mustard

It’s a mess, but a delicious one! This napkin-approved style of hot dog made famous by Detroit is also commonly called a “Coney Dog.” It’s loaded with beefy chili, raw diced onions and a squiggle of yellow mustard.


chicago style hot dog with sport peppers, dill pickle spear, tomato wedges, celery salt, onions, neon relish and mustard but no ketchup ever

The Second City’s hot dog is second to none, or so all Chicagoans will have you believe. It takes a whopping seven toppings to make a true Chicago dog, plus don’t forget the poppyseed bun! Two tomato wedges, one large dill pickle spear, neon-green relish, zippy sport peppers, diced onions, yellow mustard and celery salt complete this masterpiece.

Kansas City

kansas city style hot dog like a reuben sandwich with sauerkraut, thousand island dressing and melted swiss cheese

If you don’t consider a hot dog to be a sandwich, Kansas City will have you reconsidering. They take their style of hot dog straight from the Reuben’s playbook: melted Swiss cheese, a pile of sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing all on a sesame seed bun.


phoenix style hot dog wrapped with bacon and topped with jalapeños, pinto beans, chopped tomatoes, onions, mustard and mayo

This one’s a fiesta of flavor! Arizonans like to mix jalapeños, pinto beans, diced tomatoes, onions, mayo and mustard on top of a bacon-wrapped hot dog.


seattle style hot dog with cream cheese, jalapeños, Sriracha and grilled onions

It can’t possibly rain on your parade when you have a Seattle dog on your plate. Cream cheese is the gift Seattlites have given to the hot dog world. To that, they add jalapeños, grilled onions and a stripe of spicy Sriracha sauce.

Happy National Picnic Month!

Did you know July is National Picnic Month? Frankly, it couldn’t come at a better time.

With large, open outdoor spaces being some of the best places to be these days, pack a good old-fashioned picnic basket and pay a visit to your favorite park, local hiking spot or even your backyard. In our opinion, fresh food and fresh air are always a winning combination.

Here are some of our favorite Fischer’s recipes for the perfect sunny-afternoon picnic.

Turkey Wraps

turkey wraps

No need to pack utensils! These easy-to-prep turkey wraps roll up Fischer’s sliced turkey with hummus, white cheddar and fresh veggies for a snack that’s low on calories yet big on flavor.

Click here to pack your basket with this recipe.

Bacon-Wrapped Dates

bacon wrapped dates

As good cold as they are hot, these delicious Bacon-Wrapped Dates see the smokey, savory flavor of Fischer’s bacon balanced with the sweet, fruity taste of dates.

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Garlic Bologna Rolls

garlic bologna roll

A sturdy bread is key when packing sandwiches for later. The garlic rolls in this recipe hold up well during transport, even when tasked with containing a pile of onions, cheese, Fischer’s garlic bologna and grainy mustard.

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Pickled Deviled Eggs

pickled deviled eggs

If you like classic deviled eggs, then you’ll love the tart pop of these deviled eggs made with Fischer’s pickled eggs. Keep chilled with ice or an ice pack, and consider using a deviled-egg carrier or Tupperware and paper towel as padding to help keep safe while getting to your picnic spot.

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Sweet and Crunchy Apple Turkey Sandwich

Sweet and Crunchy Apple Turkey

Granny Smith apples are the star of this sandwich, lending sweetness and crunchiness that offsets our Fischer’s sliced turkey and other ingredients deliciously.

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Ham & Brie Crostini

ham and brie crostini with fruit jam

Is there any food more “picnic-y” than the French baguette? This snack sees slices of baguette topped with a delicious trio of Fischer’s sliced ham, brie and raspberry preserves. If you don’t mind your cheese unmelted and your bread untoasted, you can assemble these right on your picnic blanket.

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Sourdough Ham

sourdough ham roll

Garlic bologna too spicy for you? This sandwich recipe resembles the Garlic Bologna Roll above, but swaps in our Fischer’s sliced ham instead.

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Bologna, So Many Varieties

And No Wonder, It’s Just Plain Good!

Young woman in Bologna enjoying Bologna.

Bologna has been around for centuries, but did you know there are many varieties and names, such as polony, pariser and Lebanon. We at Fischer’s did. That’s why we have select flavors to match your cravings. We carefully blend our spices to create the perfect taste to each and every bite. To learn more about bologna follow this.

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Mutton Glutton Challenge World Record

Kentucky Legend Sponsors First Ever Mutton Eating Contest

The best eaters from around the world gathered at 2017 Int’l BBQ Festival Mutton Glutton Slider Challenge. The rules, eat as many sliders as possible in 10 minutes. The purse, $4000. Who wouldn’t want to chow down some mutton sliders for that prize money? Joey Chestnut, the current #1 ranked competitive eater, sure did. Scarfing down 55 mutton sliders in the allotted time, Joey Chestnut not only won, he set a world record.

Check out the full video.

Exploration Station is On a Roll

Exploration Station is making a difference!

Exploration Station was developed during the spring of 2016 at the behest of DCPS elementary school principals to help address “Summer Slide”. Summer Slide is the loss of learning that takes place during breaks from academic activity.

Specialty Foods Group is a proud sponsor of Exploration Station. Since it began operation more than 325 children per week have utilized educational services on the bus. While each site offers different services based upon student educational needs, most neighborhood visits feature some combination of reading and literacy skills, math skills and games, science experiments, physical activities and arts and crafts. In addition to academic resources, students at most sites are also provided with a nutritious lunch through the DCPS Summer Feeding Program.

Check out this short video and see what happens when you pack a whole lot of fun learning experiences into one big bus. We call it the Exploration Station.

The Not So Clear History of the Hot Dog

“Dachshund” dog or hot dog?

At Fischer’s, we love all things hot dog, which is why we offer a brief history on the origin and evolution of one of our favorite products.

According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, is traditionally credited with originating the frankfurter. The popular sausage was known as a “dachshund” or “little-dog” sausage.

It continued under that name for centuries, even in the US, where it was very popular. That seemingly changed in 1901 on a cold April day at the NY Polo Grounds. Vendors were hawking hot dogs from portable hot water tanks shouting “They’re red hot! Get your dachshund sausages while they’re red hot!” A New York Journal sports cartoonist observed the scene and hastily drew a cartoon of barking dachshund sausages nestled warmly in rolls. Not sure how to spell “dachshund” he simply wrote “hot dog! And there you have it.

For a more detailed history of the hot dog click here.

We at Fischer’s know that hot dogs make people happy and put smiles on their faces. That is why we are known as the Smile-Makin People. In fact all this summer we are collecting Smile-Makin photos from all of our fans. We hope you will share the next smile photo you take by clicking here.

Making Up Frank

Another Segment In The Continuing Story of Frank and Tony.

We had a lot of fun making this commercial with our two favorite Fischer’s characters, Frank and Tony. In this spot Tina, the little girl, is having fun with Frank by putting makeup on the hot dog package. Frank is a real trouper and enjoys the attention. Of course mom can’t see that Frank is animated, but she does see the value.

Check out more hijinks of Frank and Tony by clicking on the here; “Moms See the Value, Kids See the Fun” And remember to like us on Facebook.