Less than 50 years ago, wings were considered one of the least desirable cuts of chicken. According to an article in the Smithsonian Magazine, chicken wings were a throwaway part often just used to make stock.
Today, wings are an American favorite–a staple of dining tables across the country. This Friday, July 29, is National Wing Day, and Pizza Hut LLC is celebrating this special day by highlighting delicious chicken wings from WingStreet. Look at five facts you may not have known about chicken wings and WingStreet:
- The name “buffalo wings” comes from the city of Buffalo, N.Y., but the origins of buffalo wings are still shrouded in mystery. In 1980, a writer named Calvin Trillin investigated the dish’s history as he sampled the city’s most well-regarded wing joints. According to Trillin, there is extant documentation identifying the inventor of Buffalo chicken wings as Frank Bellissimo, founder of the Anchor Bar, in Buffalo, N.Y. The documentation? An official proclamation from the City of Buffalo declaring July 29, 1977, Chicken Wing Day. On the other hand, some in Buffalo say that John Young’s Wings ‘n Things was the first to invent the category. The mystery remains to this day.
- Super Bowl weekend is the biggest time of year that Americans consume chicken wings. According to a press release by The National Chicken Council, Americans were estimated to eat 1.4 billion wings during the 2021 Superbowl.
- In 2003, thanks to the rising popularity of chicken wings, Pizza Hut launched WingStreet restaurants, and today offers eight sauce options: Garlic Parm, Honey BBQ, Hawaiian Teriyaki, Buffalo Mild, Spicy Garlic, Buffalo Medium, Buffalo Burnin’ Hot, and limited-time flavors. Two dry rubs are also available: Ranch and Cajun-style. Want to try the most popular among Pizza Hut customers? Order your wings Honey BBQ style!
- Pizza Hut’s WingStreet offers two types of wings, bone-in (aka traditional) and boneless wings. According to The National Chicken Council, Americans are more likely to prefer eating bone-in, traditional wings (53 percent) versus boneless wings.
- In a recent survey by Mashed that set out to find the best wings offered by a pizza chain, the outlet’s readers chose Pizza Hut’s WingStreet with 36.50% of the respondents’ support!
So, get out there and celebrate National Wing Day with wings from Pizza Hut’s Wingstreet!