First Food Frenzy of 2020 – Old Bay Hot Sauce

Was Old Bay Hot Sauce really “sold out”? Or did they “sell out” to create the buzz around their newest creation?

Hot on the heels of the Great Chicken Sandwich Shortage of 2019, Old Bay announces a new limited edition Old Bay Hot Sauce and promptly sells out on Day One… in 30 minutes.

Old Bay Hot Sauce bottles in 3 sizes

Actually, they “sold out” within an hour of announcing that the new Old Bay Hot Sauce is only available via McCormick’s web site.

But I’m suspect of some media canoodling.

I am a huge fan of Old Bay Seasoning and McCormick Spices as you can see in the following pic.

Our Old Bay Seasoning assortment

But I think something is fishy about this whole scenario. Can you say “Popeye’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich” shortage?

A contrived “shortage” drummed up to create social media frenzy – and yes, now I am now a part of it too.

Since they were “sold out” almost immediately, my next search was to see if anyone had actually tasted and/or reviewed the new Old Bay Hot Sauce.

I wonder if…

Oh. Somehow the Baltimore Sun staff managed to get their hands on a few bottles that same day. You can watch their thoughts and reactions to the new sauce via a video they put together here. (Ignore the guy that says his favorite hot sauce is “Cho-lu-lu”).

You can also see a short video of WTOP Radio anchors tasting it here.


It’s been reported that almost immediately folks were selling bottles of Old Bay Hot Sauce on eBay for $50 – $200 dollars.

Is this a sour grapes post? Not at all.

I just find it so typical of recent new releases, both in the world of fast food and food product launches, that the demand causes the Internet or websites to crumple and cough up hairballs of “sold out” and “out of stock” shopping carts.

And probably because some marketing gurus said this is how you create a demand. Pffft. In my opinion, if the product is good, the demand and sales will reflect that.

To be fair, McCormick and Old Bay promise that supplies will be restocked soon. So you can get yourself some then.

“When will then be now?” Soon!” ~ Spaceballs

What do you think about it all?
Were you lucky enough to get a bottle before they sold out?
If not, are you going to try when they get restocked?
Let me know in the comments section below. And thanks for reading! ~brian

New Tabasco Flavor is Rocoto

From the Andes to the Middle East to Avery Island, Louisiana comes new TABASCO® Rocoto Pepper Sauce.

Flavors from the Andes, the Middle East and Louisiana combine to produce the new TABASCO® Rocoto Pepper Sauce. This vibrant sauce is inspired by Baharat, a traditional Middle Eastern spice blend featuring cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, black pepper and nutmeg. By mixing these spices with fresh Peruvian rocoto peppers, maple syrup and a dash of TABASCO® Original Red Sauce, we get a Rocoto Pepper Sauce that is zesty and aromatic with a hint of sweetness — a welcome addition to any global pantry. source: tabasco.com

 

Ingredients:

Rocoto pepper, distilled vinegar, maple syrup, water, dried red bell pepper, salt, spices, dried sweet olive flower, TABASCO brand Pepper Sauce (distilled vinegar, red pepper, salt), lemon powder.

Available on Wed Nov 20th, 2019, this special edition flavor from the McIlhenny family sells for $14.99 for a 5 ounce bottle.

I just placed an order for the Rocoto as well as a few more items.

We’ll report back when we’ve had a chance to try the sauce.

Meanwhile, here’s where you can order a bottle or two for yourself!

https://countrystore.tabasco.com/

If you’ve tried this please let us know in the Comments below!

Huy Fong Gets Day in Court

A Rooster takes a Farmer to court. Who will win?

Huy Fong Foods is finally getting it’s day in court. The maker of the iconic Sriracha Sauce with the rooster on the label, and bright green cap, is suing it’s long time pepper grower Underwood Ranches for $1.46 million.

Huy Fong Sriracha
We kinda like Huy Fong products!

Underwood Ranches is counter-suing Huy Fong for $20 million in losses over their “break-up”.

Their lawyers presented opening remarks to a Jury in a Ventura County Superior Court on Wednesday June 12th, 2019.

Like a nasty divorce battle, their break-up began in 2016.

That’s when Huy Fong founder David Tran claimed Underwood Ranch’s owner Craig Underwood abruptly ended their 28 year relationship by refusing to grow any more jalapeño peppers for Huy Fong and therefore owes him $1.46 million from an overpayment to the farm.

In typical “he said/she said” fashion Underwood claims Huy Fong owes them $20 million in losses incurred.

Like any “divorce” case, there are MANY more fascinating details on each side. Head over to the Ventura County Star website for their in-depth breaking story in this trial.

Huy Fong COO Donna Lam founder David Tran – photo credit: Anthony Plascencia/The Star

According to the VC Star, David Tran began testifying Wednesday and will continue on Thursday.

Hopefully, having a jury trial will benefit Mr. Tran and Huy Fong Foods greatly, as there are bound to be fans of his Sriracha sauce in the jury box.

Shake and Dump Margarita Recipe – Happy Cinco de Mayo

This is a Bobby Heugel original Margarita recipe

This Margarita Recipe is a game changer. Strong, sour and sweet, it’s strength is in its simplicity. Blanco Tequila, key lime and Persian (typical grocery store type) lime juice, and agave syrup are all you need.

Prior to finding this recipe on Punch, I was a big fan of the 3-2-1 Margarita straight up. This one brings in rocks to the mix. It’s a shake and dump style of mixing.

At 2 parts Tequila to 1 part lime juice and syrup, it makes for a very strong drink – so pick that top shelf Tequila you love so much! And it has to be silver, blanco or plata Tequila. You know, the clear stuff.

I prefer Patrón, Casamigos (George Clooney’s), or Cazadores Tequilas – but any fine silver Tequila will be great here.

If you can’t find Key limes, you might try Nellie & Joe’s Key West Lime Juice or just double up on the typical grocery store Persian limes.

Finally, the agave syrup can be found near the sugar in almost all grocery stores now. Look for the Blue Green brand Organic Light Blue Agave Nectar. It’s perfect.

Shake and Dump Margarita – THE RECIPE

  • 2 oz silver Tequila
  • 1/4 oz lime juice – typically 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 oz Key lime juice – usually 1 whole Key lime
  • 1/2 oz Agave syrup

Combine in shaker with ice, shake well, dump into a rocks glass rimmed with salt.

Pro tip – use good sea salt. I prefer Maldon Flaked sea salt that I’ve ground into a finer mix.

What is YOUR favorite Margarita recipe? Tell us in the Comments below…

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Buffalo Wild Wings Dragon Fire Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings Dragon Fire Wings Image

Dragon Fire Wings One Day Only

Available only on April 14th, 2019

Just in time for the premiere of one of the most anticipated seasons in television history, Buffalo Wild Wings is releasing a one-day only wing sauce: Dragon Fire.

Dragon Fire lives up to its name, mixing chili and ghost peppers with soy and ginger sauce. The spicy wings are then topped with a jalapeño garnish to really drive home the heat.

These taste bud torchin’ wings will be available for one day only on Sunday, April 14, 2019. Dragon Fire wings can be purchased in-restaurant or through the Buffalo Wild Wings app/website for takeout orders. Fans can also have the sauce delivered exclusively through DoorDash.

images / story via InspireBrands.com

images / story via InspireBrands.com

Happy 12th Year Anniversary to HSD!

Happy Anniversary to us! We started HotSauceDaily back on April 01, 2007… twelve years ago!

While i’ve officially retired from the US Postal Service last July… I’m not ready to retire HSD just yet.

Thanks for hanging with us all these years. Keep reading along, and follow us on YouTube.com/hotsaucedaily and Instagram.com/hotsaucedaily !

I’ve never figured out the guy with the helmet. Guess he was a motorcycle cop?

How to make Taco Seasoning

Easy Recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning

You only need 9 ingredients to make this taco seasoning blend.

And you probably already have them in your pantry!

Watch our short YouTube video for all of the ingredients, and you’ll see how easy this is to put together.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbl + 2tsp Chile Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 tsp Oregano leaves
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 7 tsp Cumin
  • 5 tsp Kosher Salt *
  • 5 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • * ( ½ tsp MSG instead of 1 tsp Kosher Salt)
  • Use 2 – 3 Tbls per pound of meat
  • (Start with 2 Tbls, then taste after 20 min)

Let us know in the Comments below, if you have your own favorite taco seasoning recipe… or if you try this one. We’d love to know what you do in your house!

Chick-fil-A versus Chicken Dipping Sauce from Walmart

Chick-fil-A Sauce is legendary and copycat recipes are all over the internet.

Here is our video comparing the new Walmart Chicken Dipping Sauce with Chick-fil-A Sauce.

You may be surprised at what we found!

Have you tried Walmart’s new Chicken Dipping Sauce? Let us know in the Comments below… and thanks for reading along!

~brian