Crystal Hot Sauce

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The new Crystal Preserves sign

Crystal Hot Sauce is a brand of Louisiana-style hot sauce produced by family-owned Baumer Foods since 1923. 3 million US gallons (11,000,000 L) of Crystal Hot Sauce are shipped per year to 75 countries.[1] The sauce is reddish orange with a medium heat and a milder, brighter flavor than Tabasco sauce.

Crystal was famous for its lighted sign featuring a chef stirring a pot of hot sauce with steam from the factory venting out through the pot. The sign was a New Orleans landmark.[citation needed] Like much of the company's bottling plant on Tulane Avenue, the sign was substantially damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Following the storm, Baumer Foods moved its plant to a new location in Reserve, Louisiana, located just up the river from New Orleans. The iconic sign was replicated and placed atop a new apartment building, built on the same site as the old factory.

The green wrapper that sealed the bottle had the word Crystal written on it previously; after Hurricane Katrina the writing no longer appeared on the label.

Currently, the dark green over-wrap says both "Crystal" and "Louisiana" in white cursive letters.


The ingredient list on the product's packaging is: aged red cayenne peppers, distilled vinegar, salt.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The History Behind the Hot". Baumer Foods. Archived from the original on 2 February 2007. Retrieved 5 December 2006.

External links[edit]

External video
The Hunt for Red Hot Peppers, promotional video for Baumer Foods, discussing the process of manufacturing their hot sauce