The McHotDog is a hot dog available at McDonald's in Japan. They were introduced in 1995 at some Midwestern located stores (at the option of the franchise-holder) as a summer item. UK locations sold hot dogs during the late 1990s and as a seasonal menu item in the summer of 2002. Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, and McDonald's locations at Toronto Metro Zoo and SkyDome in Toronto offered hot dogs until 1999. McDonald's locations in Chile sold hot dogs for a brief period in 2004. Starting in the year 2007, a few McDonalds began selling Hot Dogs in central Pennsylvania due to popular demand from local sports fans, where they can be found at 12 locations as of 2011. In Tokyo locations, hot dogs were available from 1990 until 2004. They had been reintroduced on the Breakfast menu on 2009, dubbed the McHotDog.
Ray Kroc had prohibited the company from selling hot dogs, regardless of potential demand, as he said there's no telling what's inside a hot dog's skin.