In 1868, Edmund McIlhenny created a spicy sauce from simple ingredients: heirloom tabasco peppers, salt and vinegar. He made it on Avery Island in Louisiana, USA, for his family and friends to enliven the flavours in foods.
The iconic red-capped bottle with the diamond label is enjoyed by Tabasco Sauce lovers in more than 196 countries and territories and labelled in 22 languages and dialects. It is said to be Queen Elizabeth II’s choice of hot sauce and is also served aboard Air Force One.
This year, Tabasco celebrates its 150th anniversary. In New Orleans, the McIlhenny Company organised a comedic burlesque dating back to the late 19th century that hasn’t been performed in its entirety in more than a century. All over the world, fans were invited to events, big and small, where they got a chance to taste the exciting and unexpected ways the world’s top chefs and creative cooks use Tabasco Sauce.
Mohan Alagappar, general manager of GBA Corporation Sdn Bhd, exclusive distributor for Tabasco Sauce in Malaysia, said, “The 150th anniversary of this sauce is so exciting, that it’s infectious. People from all over the world have come together to rejoice in the success of their favourite sauce. The careful craftsmanship and versatility of Tabasco Sauce has made it a friend of chefs, home cooks, bartenders and food lovers.”
“Malaysians in particular have been adding Tabasco to everyday favourites such as pizza or spaghetti. This instantly recognisable pepper sauce is just as at home in open air restaurants and the finest dining establishments as it is in home pantries, on kitchen table tops and even the handbags of food lovers all over the world. It is exciting to imagine where Tabasco will go and how it will be used over the next 150 years,” added Mohan.
According to the company, Tabasco sauce has zero calories, is low in salt and does not use artificial colouring.
It comes in more than 10 varieties – from mild to extra hot, and from sweet to smoky.
Tabasco sauces, which are certifified halal by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia, can be purchased at many food retail outlets.
For more on Tabasco’s 150th anniversary, visit Tabasco.com or follow the conversation on social media with #TABASCO150.