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12-inch black hot dogs in black buns: An unscorched and edible fast food oddity

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Blackened fast food? And no, they're not burnt to a crisp. But they are a hit. The Black Terra Hot Dog is Vegas Premium Hot Dogs' contribution to the fast food craze to create something different. And different it is: a solid black foot-long hot dog nestled in a solid black bun. And the taste? It tastes just like a... well, some might say it tastes just like a hot dog.

It seems that Vegas Premium Hot Dogs, a fast food restaurant in the Akihabara district in Tokyo, Japan, decided to one up Burger King and the introduction of its Black Kuro Burger, which featured black buns and a black ketchup made with squid ink and garlic (everything else retaining its original color). Some might remember that burger as marketed as the Dark Vador Burger as a "Star Wars" tie-in marketed by France's Quick restaurants. Regardless, Vegas Premium Hot-Dogs not only only blackened the buns, they blackened the protein as well.

That's right. The entire 12 inches of hot dog and the bun it comes in are black and look like they've been charred in a runaway forest fire. With condiments.

But as strange as it might look and as ash-y as you might think it tastes, reports like the one at indicate that it tastes as it should taste -- like a hot dog. And just how did they pull off that little trick?

Apparently the hot dogs and buns were created with a black dye made from edible bamboo charcoal, a food dye used throughout Asia. Oddly enough, the charcoal does not affect the taste of the meat. Well, at least that is what Vegas Premium says. But the hot dogs themselves? Reviews seem a bit mixed but some consumers find them a bit sweet. Some think they are bitter. Of course, that could be the ingredients put into the wiener sausage and might have absolutely nothing to do with the charcoal-looking dye that it is made with. But it is just that -- the charred effect -- that makes the creation a bit hard to swallow.

Regardless, anyone visiting or passing through the Akihabara district seems to be trying the Black Terra Hot Dog. So it is a hit -- for now -- if only for the novelty.

Well, that and the relatively cheap price. The dark dog sells for only 600 yen, or $6.

Seriously, though, the NBA's Chicago Bulls should talk to the people at Vegas Premium Hot Dogs in Japan and get a license to sell the 12-inch Black Terra Hot Dog. You know, because of the team colors? They could market it smothered in white onions and a helix of red ketchup up the length of the dog. (Because all other toppings would be optional and unnecessary to market the hot dog.) Besides, Chicago is known for its meats and sausages, so where better in America to launch such a creation?

(Read: An American original: Oscar Mayer introduces the first bacon hot dog: The Bacon Dog)

So what do you think about the foot-long black hot dog? Think it could catch on in America? Or is it a food oddity that will remain solely made in Japan?

Take a look at the Black Terra Hot Dog in the following video from OddVideos TV and see what you think:

(photo credit: Vegas Premium Hot Dogs, promotional use)