Staycation Day 1: Avery Island & The Tabasco Factory

July 24, 2012 By Tracy

On Day 1 of our Staycation we took a day trip to Avery Island home and birth place of Tabasco! We toured the factory and also toured Jungle Gardens located on the Island. We had an awesome time!!! While touring the factory we learned the process of making a bottle of Tabasco, and get this…it takes over 3 years to make Tabasco Hot Sauce. They process the peppers the same day they pick them, but then they spend 3 years aging in these barrels.

It was really cool watching the bottles travel down the assembly line. So, how many bottles do you think they make everyday?

I bet you didn’t think it was over 700,000!! WOW! At the time we were passing through, they were on bottle number:

Once the rain settled down, (and let me tell you it stormed while we were there) we made a our way to the Tabasco Country Store for some samplings and to see all things Tabasco! Hubby had fun trying all the different flavor sauces, and more. There was even ice cream flavored with a pepper sauce. It was YUMMY! and had a nice spice of course.

While on the Island we also toured Jungle Gardens. This area of the island is also owned and cared for by the McIlhenny family. The views are breathtaking. Being from South Louisiana, I have to admit, I often take views like this for granted, but just look how beautiful. There are no words, so I’ll just share a few pics…. (oh yeah there are alligators in that 2nd pic)


So, I know you guys couldn’t make the trip with us today, but I have some good news!! Tabasco is going to give one of my readers this  TABASCO® Family of Flavors Gift Box – with 7 Flavors!!

Just use the rafflecopter form below to enter to win. One winner will be chosen on July 31st and have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be selected. Good Luck!

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Tabasco is providing the winner with the 7 Flavor Box Set. I was in no way compensated for my post, and all opinions expressed are 100% my own.