Crystal Hot Sauce
Crystal Hot Sauce is a mass produced
Mass production
Mass production is the production of large amounts of standardized products, including and especially on assembly lines...

 brand of Louisiana
Louisiana is a state located in the southern region of the United States of America. Its capital is Baton Rouge and largest city is New Orleans. Louisiana is the only state in the U.S. with political subdivisions termed parishes, which are local governments equivalent to counties...

-style hot sauce
Hot sauce
Hot sauce, chili sauce or pepper sauce refers to any spicy sauce made from chili peppers and other ingredients.-Ingredients:There are many recipes for hot sauces - the common ingredient being any kind of peppers. A group of chemicals called capsaicinoids are responsible for the heat in chili peppers...

 produced by family-owned Baumer Foods since 1923. 3 million USgals (11,356,236 l) of Crystal Hot Sauce are shipped per year to 75 countries.The sauce is reddish orange with a medium heat and a milder flavor than Tabasco sauce
Tabasco sauce
Tabasco sauce is the brand name for a hot sauce produced by US-based McIlhenny Company of Avery Island, Louisiana. Tabasco sauce is made from tabasco peppers , vinegar, and salt, and aged in white oak barrels for three years. It has a hot, spicy flavor...


Crystal was famous for its lighted sign featuring a chef stirring a pot of hot sauce. The sign was a New Orleans landmark. Like much of the company's bottling plant on Tulane Avenue, the sign was substantially damaged by Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was a powerful Atlantic hurricane. It is the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. Among recorded Atlantic hurricanes, it was the sixth strongest overall...

. Following the storm, Baumer Foods moved its plant to new location in Reserve, Louisiana
Reserve, Louisiana
Reserve is a census-designated place in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, United States, on the east bank of the Mississippi River. The population was 9,111 at the 2000 census...

, located just up the river from New Orleans.

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 pepper
Cayenne pepper
The cayenne pepper—also known as the Guinea spice,cow-horn pepper, aleva, bird pepper,or, especially in its powdered form, red pepper—is a red, hot chili pepper used to flavor dishes and for medicinal purposes. Named for the city of Cayenne in French Guiana, it is a cultivar of Capsicum annuum...

s, distilled vinegar and salt.

See also

  • Food production
  • List of hot sauces
  • Scoville heat scale
    Scoville scale
    The Scoville scale is a measurement of the spicy heat of a chili pepper. The number of Scoville heat units indicates the amount of capsaicin present. Capsaicin is a chemical compound that stimulates chemoreceptor nerve endings in the skin, especially the mucous membranes.The scale is named after...

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