Thursday, January 30, 2020


There was a bit of excitement yesterday when the company that makes Maryland’s most famous spice mixture announced a new product: Old Bay Hot Sauce. This stirred such a buying frenzy amongst lovers of all things Maryland that all merchandise quickly sold out in one day.

I was rather out of commission yesterday so I missed the whole thing. It’s not a problem for me as I have never been a fan of Old Bay. (Unpopular benign opinion?) I saw some sour grapes posts suggesting that, since the company that owns Old Bay also owns Frank’s Hot Sauce, that the new release was probably nothing special and could easily be made at home by combining the two.

I don’t know about that, but there’s nothing stopping you from mixing up your own batch.

This morning this tidbit from Twitter caught my eye:

If any Marylanders missed out on #OldBayHotSauce there's a farmer's market in Ellicott City called Breezy Willow that sells a Chesapeake hot sauce. It's delicious and I highly recommend.

Hmm. Now there’s a chance to get the flavor you crave and buy local. You can check out the Breezy Willow version at this link.

In the meantime, I predict that the next Maryland buying frenzy will look like this:

”Popeye’s Chicken sandwich - - now with Old Bay hot sauce!”

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