Where does come from?
The hot dog emoji was added in 2015 in a feast of food-related emojis approved under Unicode 8.0. Across platforms, it’s topped with a squiggle of mustard but no ketchup—something @HotDogEmoji takes pride in.
The 🌭 agrees 👍👍 https://t.co/MrZ5vLwdOE
— 🌭 (@HotDogEmoji) October 16, 2017
Emojipedia’s in-house hot dog emoji design gets fancy with the addition of relish while Emojidex goes wild by opting for just relish and onions.
Users immediately took to the hot dog emoji in texts and tweets about food—especially hot dogs but also fast food, street food, concessions, and junk food more generally. It often appears in strings of related emojis including the taco emoji, hamburger emoji, and slice of pizza emoji.
I’m on an all carb diet 👌🍕🌮🍔🌭🍞
— damnsam (@SamanthaDicker) October 30, 2015
Halloween rolled around right after the hot dog emoji’s release, so naturally it spiked in time for photos of dogs in hot dog costumes as well.
😍🌭 he’s hot pic.twitter.com/637ijgOEfv
— Linds (@LindsayWolfe97) November 1, 2015
While the hot dog emoji has the corner on the baseball-related social-media market, it still struggles to place in the top-ten food emoji rankings. Turns out social-media users would rather share a picture of their pizza or doughnut than their ballpark frank.
Fresh from the Twitter oven, here are the 10 most Tweeted food emojis in 2017.
— Twitter Food (@TwitterFood) November 8, 2017
Who uses ?
The hot dog emoji is, unsurprisingly, most commonly used in reference to actual hot dogs and their non-meat counterparts. Instagram users, for instance, take the emoji literally when posting photos of meals. But, the hot dog emoji can also stand in for any fast food on social media, especially when a user is cheating on a diet.
Hot dogs are also associated with barbecues, summer time, and baseball games, so the emoji tends to pop up in these contexts as well.
IT’S FINALLY HERE! 🌭⚾🌭⚾🌭
— Tribe Hot Dogs (@TribeHotDogs) April 6, 2018
Dog owners—especially of dachshunds, aka wiener dogs, and other small breeds—like to use the hot dog emoji when posting pictures of their pups in the sun. How adorbs.
Other users add or substitute the hot dog emoji when exclaiming Hot dog!, a humorously old-fashioned expression of delight and surprise.
In case anyone didn’t realize, the official Twitter page for @nbcthegoodplace is “Hot Diggity Dog It’s The Good Place 🌭” – yes, including the hot dog emoji.#television #NBC #TV #sitcom #TheGoodPlace #kristenbell @NBCNetwork @IMKristenBell pic.twitter.com/Pil00wGk0A
— Trial by Pilot (@TrialByPilot) May 1, 2018
Last but not least, the hot dog emoji inevitably gets used for “penis,” drawing on its shape and “wiener” alias.
I think of Harry styles and I think big penis. I can’t help it! 🌭🐛🐍🍆🍌
— OneDDirtygirls (@oneddirtygirls) August 26, 2016