Sometimes we can get so used to a brand that we’ve always seen that we forget to stop and smell the peppers! Well it’s time to do just that as one of our favourite seasoning staples turns 150 years old – hip hip hooray TABASCO Sauce!
TABASCO® Brand products are made by McIlhenny Company, founded by Edmund McIlhenny in 1868 on Avery Island, Louisiana. It was here that he developed the recipe for TABASCO® Original Red Sauce, which has been passed down from generation to generation. The careful craftsmanship and versatility of TABASCO® Sauce has made it a friend of chefs, home cooks, bartenders and food lovers for a century and a half and to this day, the company is still family-owned and operated on that very same island.
150 years later, the process and ingredients remain virtually unchanged and the same three ingredients that made the original red TABASCO® Sauce are still used today – tabasco peppers, salt and vinegar, aged in white oak barrels and bottled by Edmund’s family on Avery Island.
About half of the company’s 200 employees actually live on Avery Island, with many of their parents and grandparents having worked and lived there as well. Anthony “Tony” Simmons, the current President and CEO, is the seventh McIlhenny family member in a chain of direct descendants who have strived to preserve the legacy and traditions of the company’s creator.
Tony says, “My family and all of us at McIlhenny Company are truly humbled by the love we’ve seen for TABASCO® Sauce that has brought us to this incredible anniversary.”
TABASCO® Sauce has been so successful for the past 150 years as they’ve stuck to doing one thing and doing it well, making pepper sauces. The original sauce enlivens food and can be used just like salt and pepper.
In addition to TABASCO® Sauce, there are three more delicious sauces available in supermarkets, cafes and restaurants nationwide:
TABASCO® Green Sauce– Tangy with a mild jalapeno flavour – Pairs well with salads, guacamole, salsa, tacos and burritos
TABASCO® Chipotle Sauce – A rich, smokey, flavourful sauce. Pairs well with any BBQ dish
TABASCO® Habanero Sauce – The hottest of them all, a fruity Jamaican style blend to use with fruit, chutneys and creamy desserts