Corn dogs are a popular snack food that is enjoyed by many people around the world. Made by coating a hot dog with a cornmeal batter and then deep-frying it until golden brown, corn dogs are a delicious and convenient food that can be enjoyed on the go.
However, there is some confusion among consumers about whether or not corn dogs contain eggs. This article will inform you of what is in corn dogs and specifically if they commonly contain eggs.
Are There Eggs In Corn Dogs?
Corn dogs are made by inserting a hot dog onto a stick or skewer. The hot dog is then dipped into a seasoned cornmeal batter ensuring that it is fully coated. It is then deep-fried until golden brown and crispy on the outside, while the hot dog inside is cooked through.
Corn dogs commonly contain eggs as a component of the batter. The eggs work as a binding agent to hold the batter together and create a smoother texture.
We reviewed the ingredients of some of the most popular store-bought corn dog products to see if any contain eggs. As the table below shows, almost all of the products featured have eggs. The exception is Morning Star Farms Veggie Corn Dogs, which is an outlier given it is a veggie-based corn dog whereas all others use meat hot dogs.
|Corn Dog Brand
|Eggs (Yes or No)?
|Bar-S – Classic Corn Dogs
|State Fair – Classic Corn Dogs
|Applegate -Natural Gluten-Free
Uncured Beef Corn Dogs
|Nathan’s Famous – Corn Dog Nuggets
|Market Pantry – Mini Corn Dogs
|MorningStar Farms – Veggie Corn Dogs
|Great Value – Classic Corn Dogs
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Furthermore, we reviewed the ingredients of 20+ corn dog recipes found online. Every recipe we reviewed called for at least one egg as an ingredient to make the batter. However, you certainly can find egg-free corn dog recipes if you specifically search for them. Examples are Keeping Life Sane – Egg Free Homemade Corn Dogs and SideChef – Vegan Corn Dogs.
Of course, you can also buy corn dogs at places like carnivals, fairs, and restaurants. We’d assume that these corn dogs also have eggs in them unless you can confirm otherwise with the people serving the food. You are then relying on someone getting it right when they tell you about the ingredients.
Corn dogs are generally not a good option for people who wish not to consume eggs. They commonly contain eggs in the batter that is used to create the outside layer of the corn dogs. People on an egg-free diet should stay away from corn dogs unless you they can find an egg-free version like Morningstar Farms Veggie Corn Dogs.