Snack Talk

Forget the Sandwich Debate. Is a Hot Dog a Snack?

Welcome to Snack Talk, Thrillist’s brand-new YouTube series that’s literally all about snacks -- the ones we love, the ones we hate, and the ones we all end up eating anyway. Join host Justin Warner and celebrity guests as they dive deep into the world of cheese dust with new episodes every Friday at 2pm ET on Thrillist’s YouTube channel.

Despite clear rulings on the issue by everyone from Thrillist’s former copy editor to Jimmy Kimmel, the classic American debate over whether or not a hot dog is a sandwich never seems to die. But now, a new and equally disturbing question about our nation’s preferred tubed meat threatens to divide us even further: Is a hot dog a snack?

In this week's episode of Thrillist's new series, Snack Talk, host Justin Warner asks Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, who debut a new season of their YouTube series Good Mythical Morning on Monday, November 6, to help him definitively rule on what makes a snack a snack. The three-person panel of Supreme Snack Justices weigh in on various snackable foods -- everything from muffins to charcuterie -- before deciding once and for all whether these foods deserve to be called snacks. The debate over whether hot dogs deserve the title is perhaps the most contentious. Watch and find out what they decide.

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Tony Merevick is Senior News Editor at Thrillist and would argue that a single hot dog is a snack while multiple hot dogs are a meal. Send news tips to and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.