Finding the Volkswagen Sausage
One of the most unique bestsellers in the Volkswagen brand isn’t an automobile or related part at all; it’s a sausage. Branded as a “VW original part” (specifically number 199 398 500 A), VW currywurst has been produced since 1973. Since that time, it’s won prizes at German food fairs and received gold awards from the German Agricultural Society.
Though mostly made with the intention of feeding their employees, the currywurst has gained popularity beyond the VW factory cafeterias and can be found in supermarkets and football (i.e., soccer) stadiums across Europe. It’s also given away to Volkswagen customers in that continent when they purchase a new VW.
If you’re like us, talk of the VW currywurst immediately gets those salivary glands running. So, can the desire for a delicious Volkswagen sausage be satiated? Where can one buy or find VW currywurst in the United States?
Unfortunately, Volkswagen currywurst cannot be purchased in the United States. Volkswagen reasons that the sausage could not be transported overseas and maintained in suitably fresh condition to justify its high-quality flavor. Those devoted to sampling VW currywurst themselves will have to head across the pond to Europe.
Where is Volkswagen currywurst made?
Currywurst is manufactured by a team of about 30 people in a special section of the main Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg.
Where is Volkswagen currywurst sold?
Currywurst is sold in 17 canteens and restaurants throughout the Wolfsburg factory. It’s also sold in the other six German VW factories. In addition, supermarkets and football stadiums sell it throughout Europe, and its given away at European VW dealerships.
If you do get your hands on a currywurst, don’t wash it down with engine oil.
What makes the VW currywurst unique?
The Volkswagen currywurst consists of pork cuts that are specially trimmed to remove excess fat, with the result that the sausage has significantly less fat than a typical bratwurst. The meat is ground and mixed with a secret concoction of spices. It’s then hung on racks and smoked over beechwood for 100 minutes at 349 degrees Fahrenheit. After cooling, the sausages are sealed into packs of five.
There’s also a special Volkswagen ketchup sold to accompany the currywurst. Currywurst comes in two sizes: 5 inches or ten inches long. It’s typically accompanied by ketchup and chips. There’s also a currywurst soup incarnation. In 2010, VW came out with a vegetarian incarnation of the currywurst.