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Wienermobile wrap-up & a giveaway!

The Wienermobile made a stop in Detroit last week and it brought out the newest member of its family, the Wienermobile Food Truck, to join in the fun. Free Oscar Mayer hot dogs were given away with special toppings created by Brian Perrone, chef at Slows Bar BQ.

I’ll admit, I went up for seconds and had two dogs topped with chorizo queso fundido. I’m still craving them.

Chef Brian Perrone from Slows Bar BQ & his chorizo queso fundido hot dog.

Besides the franks, the highlight of the day was taking a ride in the legendary Wienermobile. The first incarnation of the hot dog on wheels was introduced in 1936 and it’s been through many versions since. There’s even a Mini Wienermobile built on a Mini Cooper Chassis. How cute!

Of course, Detroiters might be familiar with the 1952 edition that is housed at The Henry Ford. That edition is built on a Dodge chassis and was the first fleet to have a sound system and sunroof.

The Hotdoggers, Ketchup Kylie and Delicous Dylan took Elena from, her two sons and myself on a spin around the streets of downtown Detroit.

Ketchup Kylie & Delicous Dylan took us for a ride in the Wienermobile.

The one-way streets confused our driver, Kylie, for a bit. As we were heading west on Jefferson, I leaned over to Elena and said, “we should have them take the tunnel.” Kylie seemed pretty excited about taking the vehicle through a tunnel until I casually mentioned that it led to Canada. Then her and Dylan freaked out about not being able to leave the country. I was just kidding!

The Hotdoggers had just graduated from Hot Dog U a few days prior and were full of fun and puns. It’s a much sought after position with only 12 Hotdoggers chosen each year to tour around the country in the 6 Wienermobiles.

Want to win a swag bag of goodies?

The summer of giving continues on Detroit Moxie and the lovely people at Oscar Mayer have put together this pretty cool swag bag for one lucky reader. The swag bag includes:

How to win:

Hot dogs remind me of childhood. And if you ask my brother, that’s all we ate when we were kids.

Add a comment to this post with your favorite food or snack from your childhood. You must leave your email address when leaving the comment or you won’t be eligible. (Your email won’t be published, I just need to contact you if you win!)

For an additional entry, tweet the following:

I want to win free @SlowsBBQ & an Oscar Mayer swag bag from @becksdavis & Detroit Moxie. #moxiebbq

For the additional entry, you must have already left a comment on the post with your favorite childhood eats.

The contest ends on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The winner will be announced on Friday, July 1, 2011. I will select the winner using Prizes can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

So, what was your favorite food when you were knee high to a grasshopper?

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My favorite childhood snack was fresh-picked blueberries from Muskegon State Park.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTim Chilcote

My favorite snack food from my childhood is simply: cheese. I was born in VT before we moved to MI and sharp cheddar is an ADDICTION. I could eat a whole block of cheese by myself when I was a kid! Make that, I still could (if I didn't have self control).

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten

My favorite food was pickles! There are tons of family photos of me walking around with a pickle in my hand :)

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

Favorite food? I think my mother tried consistently to kill us with casseroles always made with Cream of Something soup ... the Wienermobile would have been heaven sent when I was a kid.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia

Scaring the crew on a potential trip to Canada...hilarious.
My favorite food as a kid was one I learned how to cook first...on a stove. Grilled Cheese sandwiches! Which eventually turned into melts when I started jamming meat in it..the cycled back into reg grilled cheese again.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLamar

my favorite childhood snack was also pickles. especially those delicious, crunchy baby dills.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Good Humor ice cream from the Ice Cream Man's truck!

Sweet pickles straight from the jar! My mom said she could always tell when I had sneaked one because the floor in front of the refrigerator was sticky!

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Ohhhh, that is hard. I remember asking my mom to make barbequed ribs for my birthday dinner when I was about 10 so that has always been up there. I am having trouble settling on one fav. As for the snacks, probably cheez curlz or some other deadly deep fried thing.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen Francis

My favorite childhood snack was (ok, still is) anything with cheese! Grilled cheese, mac & cheese, just plain ol' cheese! Now I like the artisan stuff too but a hunk of cheddar, colby or, my childhood fave, pepper jack, will do just fine!

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Franz

This former New Yorker enjoyed a fizzy soft drink called an egg cream -- served at a candy store or drugstore soda fountain with twirling stools. (Yes, I go back a bit . . .)

Neither an egg nor cream were involved -- just milk, chocolate syrup and club soda (aka seltzer in the day). Yum-O!

Anyone curious about the legendary beverage's name can see theories at the handiest source of minutia:

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlan Stamm

Favorite childhood snack is/was s'mores. I remember my mom making them for us over the flame on the stove when we couldn't make them outside!

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Veresh

One of my favorites as a kid was combining Velvet Peanut Butter with honey and powdered milk. A delicious kid friendly concoction that I still make from time to time.

Also Sanders granite splitters which were made from leftover cake mushed into a ball and then coated with chocolate. Wished they still sold these. They were to die for.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHoward Collens

My favorite childhood snack was BBQ chips.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRich Retyi

By far, my favorite childhood snack was the Spiderman-head ice cream from my local Ice Cream Man. We'd be impersonating our favorite Detroit Tigers players (Mine was Lou Whitaker!) on the front lawn when we'd hear the song, "Do Your Ears Hang Low" and the truck would come humming down my street in Redford. We'd drop our bats and gloves and go screaming into the house for change. I would eat as many as $3.75 would get me!

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSean Ely

When I was a child, ages 5 - 12, I enjoyed eating cut up hot dogs and ketchup. It was absolutely the most perfect snack because of its incredibly fast preparation and convenience, super tasty and easy to make. Also a notable lunch time meal was baloney and cool ranch Doritos sandwiches. Although it may sound off putting, my child tongue found it unbearably delightful.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdam G.

Peanut butter and Jelly with Doritos smashed into the middle with a Fago Cola.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

my favorite childhood snack was a bowl of raspberries picked from grandma's garden :) i want some now.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Jendrusch

Growing up on St Clair St. and Kercheval, Larsons Confectionary had the bestest ice cream cones...7 cents for one scoop, 10 cents for two! Things may have changed a little since the 50's !

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHANK

my favorite snacks as a kid - please don't ewww - raw Jiffy White Cake Mix - a can of raw mushrooms - not together.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersuzannes002

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