This year, National Sandwich Day fell into a flurry of controversy surrounding a staple food that may or may not be a sandwich. As November 3rd approached, both Oscar Mayer™ and Jimmy Dean™ brands—owned by Kraft Heinz and Tyson respectively—declared their intent to add new entries to the long list of options that qualify as a sandwich. And one item in particular was the source of much debate.
The hoagie, the Dagwood, the hot dog? Oscar Mayer’s campaign declared confidently: “Hot dogs are sandwiches! Prove us wrong by calling 1-833-SNDWICH” and introduced a #changeoscarsmind tag designed to build buzz via social media.
The controversy subsided for a time, but this month, Harry Potter star Tom Felton took on the topic, broaching the sandwich debate with reporters from The Takeout.
“Instinctive answer? Absolutely not...If anything, it's more of a wrap. Like a bread wrap,” said the 31-year-old actor famous for his role as Harry Potter’s nemesis Draco Malfoy. Felton went on to narrow his definition: “Technically, to me, a burger's not really a sandwich, but it is, because you've got bread on top, bread on the bottom...I'm saying that something that's called a sandwich is called a sandwich, and if it's called something else, then it's not a sandwich...I've never had a lobster roll, so I can't really say, but it's a roll, it's called a roll!”
Did Draco squash the debate? Will other Harry Potter alumni take up the cause of the humble hot dog? Deli Market News will fill you in with updates.