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  • Shopping, Privacy & Email

    • Where can I buy TABASCO® brand products?

      Our Original Red Sauce is sold around the world in 180 countries and territories and is labeled in 22 languages and dialects. It is widely distributed and is often easily found on store shelves most places you look. Our Green Jalapeño Sauce and Chipotle Sauce are also widely distributed.

      Some of our Pepper Sauce flavors and other products are not as widely distributed. Use our product locator to help find them in a store near you.

      You can also buy every product we make in our online store – the TABASCO Country Store® – and have them shipped to your doorstep. Shop now for hard to find flavors, larger sizes like gallon jugs and a fun assortment of goods and merchandise. You can also request a catalog.

    • How does the product locator on TABASCO.com work?

      Our results show store locations where our products have been scanned. Some stores don’t have scanners, don’t share that information or may not be included, so please look for or inquire about our products even if you aren’t getting results here. Also, new products don’t appear in search results until a few weeks after they reach stores. Please try another search soon!

    • How do I sign up to receive email from TABASCO.com?

      Sign up for TABASCO.com email here and get fun emails featuring recipes, promotions & more. We won’t bombard you with emails like some others do. Typically you’ll receive a TABASCO.com email about once a month. Sometimes (especially if we have exciting things to share) you may get more than one email a month.

    • What is your privacy policy?

      At TABASCO.com, we are committed to protecting your privacy. We do not share your email address with any third party vendors and will not send you email unless you have specifically requested to receive it.

      For more details, please see our full privacy policy here.

    • Can I print an online grocery coupon at TABASCO.com?

      Yes, you can print a coupon here. Please note that we partner with another company (Coupons, Inc.) to facilitate printing online coupons, and their technology requires a coupon printer application be downloaded and installed in order to print a coupon.

  • Scoville Scale/Scoville Heat Units

    • What makes peppers so hot?

      The substance in peppers that makes them spicy is called capsaicin. It is most highly concentrated in the white placental tissue to which seeds are attached, and in smaller concentrations in the other fleshy parts of the pepper. Even though seeds do not contain capsaicin, it often gets on the surface of seeds when they contact surrounding tissue. Capsaicin stimulates nerve endings in your mouth, causing the sensation of heat when ingested.

    • What are Scoville Units?

      A pharmacist named Wilbur Scoville invented the Scoville Scale in 1912 to measure the heat of peppers. A “Scoville Unit” is actually a measure of capsaicin (the chemical in hot peppers that is responsible for their heat).

      Scoville’s test was a comparative taste test that is considered subjective by today’s standards. A more sophisticated method is in use today, but in honor of Wilbur Scoville, the unit of measure is still called the Scoville.

    • Who invented the Scoville scale, and how does it work?

      In 1912, Wilbur L. Scoville, a pharmacist, devised the first modern technique for measuring a pepper’s bite. Scoville tried first to measure pungency by studying how pepper extract reacted with other chemicals but concluded that none was sensitive enough to offer readings with any degree of precision. He found that the tongue, on the other hand, was far more sensitive, capable of detecting capsaicin (the chemical in hot peppers that is responsible for their heat) dissolved in a solution a million times its volume; no laboratory test could detect such a low concentration.

      Scoville’s method was simple. He soaked each variety of pepper separately in alcohol overnight. Because capsaicin is soluble in alcohol, the soaking extracted the pungent chemical. Then he took a precise measure of the extract and to it added sweetened water in incremental portions until the presence of pungency was barely detectable on his tongue. The amount of extract added for each kind of pepper to be detected determined its numeric Scoville Unit rating.

      Today, a High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC) machine is often used to determine capsaicin levels. The American Spice Trade Association, an industry trade group, is a strong proponent of the machine. And the HPLC machine measurements are expressed in ASTA units, the acronym of the trade group. But Scoville’s name has become so well established that companies that do employ the modern instrument use a conversion scale to express ASTA units in familiar Scoville units. Such is Scoville’s legacy.

    • How hot is each TABASCO® Pepper Sauce flavor?

      From hottest to mildest:

  • Consistency & Shelf Life

    • Where should TABASCO® Sauce be stored?

      TABASCO® Sauce should be stored in a cool place away from direct light, such as a cupboard, pantry or cabinet. It doesn’t have to be refrigerated after opening. Once a bottle of sauce is opened, the color may change, but the product won’t spoil. Refrigeration almost always helps to slow this process but isn’t required.

    • Why do the ingredients in TABASCO® Sauce sometimes separate?

      Our Original Red Sauce is an all-natural product and contains no added gums or artificial colors. As a result, the sauce will occasionally separate depending on the pepper content and pectin levels of the peppers used in sauce production. But don’t worry; separation of ingredients does not mean the product has gone bad. Normally, when a bottle of sauce separates, it goes back into solution when shaken well. So just shake and enjoy.

    • Why does a bottle of TABASCO® Original Red Sauce darken over time?

      The red pigments in tabasco peppers are light sensitive and will darken over time. Because there are no color additives in our Original Red Sauce, excessive contact with artificial light or sunlight may cause the sauce to darken. Extreme cold or hot temperatures may also cause the sauce to darken. But don’t worry; this does not mean the sauce has gone bad. It has a shelf life of 5 years.

    • What is the shelf life of each TABASCO® Pepper Sauce flavor?

      Our Original Red Sauce has a shelf life of 5 years when unopened and stored in a cool place, but due to the potential for color change based on light and temperature exposure, we say that it is “best by” the third year.

      Our Buffalo Style Hot Sauce, Garlic Pepper Sauce and Habanero Sauce have a shelf life of 2 years.

      Our Green Jalapeño Pepper Sauce, Chipotle Sauce and SWEET & Spicy Sauce have a shelf life of 18 months.

      Any TABASCO® brand product will be good throughout its respective shelf life, even after the bottle has been opened. Once a bottle of sauce is opened, the color may change, but the product won’t spoil. Refrigeration almost always helps to slow this process but isn’t required.

    • How do I read the date code on a bottle?

      We use a six digit coding system for all of our products. The code date information is located on the carton and the shoulder of the bottle. The following is an example of how to read the date code. This particular example references a product that was produced on May 12, 2011.

      Example: 051211

      05 – Production Month
      12 – Production Day
      11 – Production Year

      In addition to the date code, there is also an expiration date printed on the bottle and/or label.

    • What do the numbers on the bottom of the bottle represent?

      The numbers stamped on the bottom of the bottle refer to the mold number from which that particular glass bottle was made.

  • Nutritional & Cooking Information

    • What’s in TABASCO® Original Red Sauce?

      Our Original Red Sauce is made with three simple, all-natural ingredients: aged red pepper, high-quality distilled vinegar and a small amount of salt.

    • What are the Nutrition Facts for TABASCO® Original Red Sauce?

      Serving size: 1 tsp. (5 ml) Servings: about 30 (per 5 oz. bottle)

      Amount per Serving:
      Calories: 0
      Total Fat: 0g (0% DV)
      Sodium: 35 mg (1% DV)
      Total Carb.: 0g (0% DV)
      Protein: 0g

    • I’m on a restricted diet. Can I use TABASCO® Original Red Sauce?

      Naturally, you should first check with your doctor, but our Original Red Sauce can help you create health-conscious meals that are still full-flavored.

      There are no food colorings, artificial stabilizers and no chemical preservatives. And other hot sauces can contain four to five times more sodium than TABASCO® Original Red Sauce per serving, or over 10 percent of their total ingredients.

    • Are TABASCO® brand Pepper Sauce flavors gluten free?

      Yes – the entire TABASCO® Family of Flavors® is gluten free. According to the definitions set forth by the CODEX Alimentarius Commission, an international food standards organization established by the World Health Organization and the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the following TABASCO® flavors are gluten free:

      TABASCO® brand Original Red Sauce
      TABASCO® brand Green Jalapeño Pepper Sauce
      TABASCO® brand Garlic Pepper Sauce
      TABASCO® brand Chipotle Pepper Sauce
      TABASCO® brand Habanero Sauce
      TABASCO® brand SWEET & Spicy Pepper Sauce
      TABASCO® brand Buffalo Style Hot Sauce

    • Are any TABASCO® brand Pepper Sauce flavors approved for Kosher cooking?

      Yes – all seven of them. TABASCO® Pepper Sauce flavors have long been used by those who keep Kosher kitchens. All of our Pepper Sauce flavors meet the guidelines for earning the “K” identification, which indicates that they are approved for Kosher cooking.

      Look for the “K” mark on the packaging carton or bottle label of the following TABASCO® products:

      TABASCO® brand Original Red Sauce
      TABASCO® brand Green Jalapeño Pepper Sauce
      TABASCO® brand Garlic Pepper Sauce
      TABASCO® brand Chipotle Pepper Sauce
      TABASCO® brand Habanero Sauce
      TABASCO® brand SWEET & Spicy Pepper Sauce
      TABASCO® brand Buffalo Style Hot Sauce

    • Are TABASCO® brand Pepper Sauce flavors certified Halal?

      McIlhenny Company has been making our TABASCO® brand Original Red Sauce with just three simple, natural ingredients – vinegar, red peppers and salt – since 1868. Our seven TABASCO® brand Pepper Sauce flavors are Halal certified under the supervision of the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA). Furthermore, IFANCA has been recognized by Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM) as a Halal certification body in the United States.

      The following TABASCO® brand Pepper Sauces have been certified Halal:

      TABASCO® brand Original Red Sauce
      TABASCO® brand Green Jalapeño Pepper Sauce
      TABASCO® brand Garlic Pepper Sauce
      TABASCO® brand Chipotle Pepper Sauce
      TABASCO® brand Habanero Sauce
      TABASCO® brand SWEET & Spicy Pepper Sauce
      TABASCO® brand Buffalo Style Hot Sauce

    • What are the Nutrition Facts for all Pepper Sauce flavors from TABASCO® brand?

  • TABASCO® Trivia

    • Where does the name TABASCO® come from?

      Edmund McIlhenny came up with the brand name TABASCO® as his second choice. Some scholars say it’s a Mexican Indian word that means “land where the soil is hot and humid.” This certainly describes the climate of Avery Island that has proved perfect for growing his special variety of hot pepper. Other scholars have put forth that it actually means “place of coral or oyster shell.”

      McIlhenny originally wanted to call his concoction Petite Anse Sauce (after the island which then was known as Isle Petite Anse). But when family members balked at the commercial use of the family island’s name, he opted for the trademark TABASCO®.

    • What makes TABASCO® Original Red Sauce different from other pepper sauces?

      The pepper mash used to make our Original Red Sauce is allowed to age for up to three years in white oak barrels and is personally inspected for color and aroma by a member of the McIlhenny family before final production.

      This time-honored method assures the unique flavor that is recognized around the world. And because our Original Red Sauce is highly concentrated and so rich in flavor, you use it more sparingly than other pepper sauces – so a bottle lasts a long time!

    • How many drops are in a bottle of TABASCO® Original Red Sauce?

      A 2-oz. bottle of our Original Red Sauce contains at least 720 drops. (There are 60 drops per teaspoon; 3 teaspoons per tablespoon; 2 tablespoons per fluid ounce and 2 fluid ounces per bottle).

      The number of drops in a “splash” or a “dash” of our Original Red Sauce depends entirely upon how hard you shake the bottle!

    • How many bottles of TABASCO® Original Red Sauce does McIlhenny Company make in a day?

      When all four production lines at the Avery Island factory are in operation, over 700,000 2-oz. bottles of our Original Red Sauce can be made in a single day.