Tabasco Sriracha Is Dark, Mysterious, & On the Market, But Would You Cheat On Huy Fong?
I know. You're attached. You and your Huy Fong Sriracha sauce belong together. Like Pad Thai and, well, Sriracha. Like eggs and Sriracha. Like virtually everything and Sriracha. So even though it's been a rough year between you two — the Sriracha shortage meant you weren't connecting like you had been for years, and that sort of emotional negligence takes its toll — it's hard to imagine turning your back on Huy Fong Sriracha. Even as the popular ingredient faces factory problems in Southern California (ugh, long-distance) and you begin to feel doubts about whether this can last, you still can't bring yourself to cheat on Sriracha, the love of your life. But even though you've rolled your eyes at other suitors (sorry, Polar and Shark — you do not measure up to Huy Fong Sriracha), there's a shiny new option that might distract you. That's right — Tabasco is now offering up its own Sriracha.
Though Business Week predicted its introduction as early as last year, this new product is far more dark and mysterious than your beloved Sriracha. As Grub Street reports, Tabasco's new product has been kept extremely under the radar, and is only offered here. And Grub Street's intel from the company itself seems to back up the notion that Tabasco's Sriracha is playing hard to get:
Tabasco Sriracha Sauce is a limited edition product, currently only available through the Tabasco Country Store. As McIlhenny Company develops new products and innovations, occasionally they are shared with fans through the Country Store.
Tabasco Sriracha Sauce is made with red peppers and has the slightly sweet and garlicky taste of a traditional sriracha sauce with the signature Tabasco Sauce balance of vinegar.
But is it worth playing the field with Tabasco's Sriracha while it's still on the market? It's tempting, but you might want to hold yourself back for two reasons:
1) Tabasco's Sriracha is twice as expensive as Huy Fong Sriracha, and no one likes a relationship in which they have to give, give, give.
2) Grub Street claims Tabasco is simply not happy with its Sriracha or its packaging thus far. If its parent company isn't happy with it, chances are, you and your family won't be either. Plus, why would you ever commit to anything pre-makeover?
So, my dear Huy Fong Sriracha, please do figure your shit out so we can stop having doubts. Then we can sit down, have a lovely dinner, and put all of this behind us.