Corn dogs are prepared inside Monogram Comfort Foods plant in Bristol. Staff photo by Robert Franklin
Corn dogs are prepared inside Monogram Comfort Foods plant in Bristol. Staff photo by Robert Franklin
BRISTOL — There’s the sweet smell of pancake batter in the air here at Monogram Comfort Foods. Some say it’s the wafting aroma of a carnival.

The scent even carries, employees say with a laugh, to the nearby gas station in downtown Bristol.

Welcome to the “Corn dog Capital of the United States,” where more than 28 tons of corn dogs and mini-corn dogs are processed at Monogram annually.

“A lot of local people who are a 20- to 30-minute drive from here are well aware of Monogram,” said plant manager, Stephen Skarja “But as you get farther out people are not quite aware of the volume of corn dogs we do here.”

In 2018, the plant produced a little over 57 million pounds of corn dogs, said Skarja. They are on track to make 61 million pounds this year.

The plant started producing corn dogs in 1997, and Monogram purchased the facility in 2012. They produce only corn dogs and mini-corn dogs at the facility.

A large portion of the nation’s corn dogs are produced at the Monogram plant in Elkhart County. Skarja said the corn dogs made there are sold in grocery and convenience stores across the United States. The corn dogs travel as far north as Canada and as far south as South America, he said.

Skarja estimates there’s a 75 percent chance when a person buys a corn dog from a food stand or grocery store, it was made at this plant just south of the Indiana-Michigan state line.

And how are these golden dogs made?
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