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|Product type||Hot sauce|
|Scoville scale||450 SHU|
Frank's RedHot's recipe dates to 1896 to the Frank Tea and Spice Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1918, owner Jacob Frank contracted for the Estilette Pepper Farm in Louisiana where Adam Estilette and Frank became business partners. The two men mixed spices, vinegar, garlic and cayenne peppers and allowed them to age, and created the original blend of Frank's RedHot as it first appeared on the market in 1920. The Original blend ranks low on the Scoville scale with 450 SHUs, but the XTRA Hot has 2,000 SHUs.
It is known as the primary ingredient in the first buffalo wing sauce, concocted in 1964 by Teressa Bellissimo at the Anchor Bar and Grill in Buffalo, New York. It is also used in Wish-Bone's new Buffalo Ranch dressing.
In March 2018, Frank’s posted on its social media channels “Buffalo wings + Ranch = two peas in a pod. #NationalRanchDressingDay.” The Buffalo News published an article in response: “Frank's commits cardinal wing sin in Twitter, and Buffalo erupts.” The general sentiment from the public on social media included comments such as “There are a lot of offensive things in this tweet. First of all, they are called chicken wings. Second of all, you dip them in Blue Cheese, not Ranch. Chicken Wings and Blue Cheese are two peas in a pod!” Many residents of Buffalo, New York and Western New York believe blue cheese dressing is the dipping sauce of choice for buffalo wings and not ranch dressing. The tweet also resulted in a slight dip in McCormick stock due to a perceived loss of public trust.
The company produces flavors based on the original recipe:
- Frank's Original RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce
- Frank's RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce
- Frank's RedHot XTRA Hot Sauce
- Frank's RedHot Buffalo Sandwich Sauce
- Frank's RedHot Chile n Lime Hot Sauce
- Frank's RedHot Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce
- Frank's RedHot Kickin' BBQ Sauce
- Frank's RedHot Caesar Spicer
- Frank's RedHot Gold Fever Zing Sauce (Foodservice Only)
- Frank's RedHot Sweet Chili Sauce
- Frank's RedHot Thick Sauce
- Frank's RedHot Slammin' Sriracha Chili Sauce
- Frank's RedHot Rajili Sweet Ginger Sauce
- Frank's RedHot Spicy Sweet & Sour Sauce
- Frank's RedHot Stingin' Honey Garlic Sauce
Frank's RedHot is known for its national television ad campaign depicting a mischievous elderly woman named Ethel, explaining her recipes for various foods. Usually in front of a prestigious figure (e.g., the Queen), she will quip "I put that s*** on everything", much to the disdain of those around her. The expletive is always censored with a bleep, and Ethel's mouth is covered with a censoring "splat". The Ethel character is played by Jean Hamilton, a native of North Vancouver, British Columbia.
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- "How Hot Is My Bottle Of Hot Sauce? - Hot Sauce Heat Scale". Retrieved 19 July 2016.
- Elliott, Stuart (29 January 2012). "Rival Hot Sauce Makers in a Duel for Attention". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
- Scalza, Remy (July 18, 2012). "Vancouver Celebrity: Little Old Lady From Frank's RedHot Sauce Ads". Inside Vancouver. Retrieved 16 August 2014.