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“Where else can you get Tabasco Ice Cream?”

Tabasco Visitor Center and Pepper Sauce Factory
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: With the expansion of current facilities, guests are now able to view artifacts from TABASCO® Sauce's founding family; witness the growing process of the pepper plants from seedlings to full-grown plants; visit the mash warehouse for a peek at the TABASCO® aging process; view and smell the aromas of the stirring vats; and learn about the company's bottling and shipping process around the world. Everything from our branded merchandise to a full TABASCO® Brand product sample bar is available at the TABASCO Country Store® here on Avery Island. 10-Stop Self-Guided Walking Tour Stop 1- Museum Stop 2- Greenhouse Stop 3- Barrel Warehouse Stop 4- Blending Stop 5- Avery Island Stop 6- Salt Mine Stop 7- Bottling Line Stop 8- TABASCO® Today Stop 9- TABASCO® Country Store Stop 10- TABASCO® Restaurant 1868!
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Logisitically it is not the easiest location to get to. It is about 20 miles from I-10 but does make a good break in the travel from New Orleans to Houston.

The only fee is the $1 donation at the gate and the tours run about every 40 minutes (the tour itself is about 15-20 minutes). The tour itself consisted of a young lady describing the process of making Tabasco, which is really simple since there are only three ingredients. The vinegar turns out to be a closely guarded secret. The guide then lead us to a room where we received three sample bottles of a variety of Tabasco flavors. We watched a 10 minute video that appeared to be shot in the 90's. You then exit through a door that allows you to see the factory. The factory was not in operation during our visit.

There is a room full of various artifacts but really, the goal is to get you to visit the store. So, off to the store we went. Plenty of sample including Tabasco flavored ice creams, coke and even Tabasco Reserve sauce with pretzels. Sort of reminiscent of the Cracker Barrel store if you have been to one of those.

All told the visit was about 40 minutes. The kids enjoyed it.

1  Thank Aaron S
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

I would have liked to see more of the factory, like the aging barrels. The tour was not that involved, as some other reviewers mentioned. It was a cool visit, though. We spent an hour and a half or so, altogether. Im glad we went. The highlight was definitely sampling the different sauces, and the ice cream!

1  Thank Scott A
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

Stopped here on the way from NOLA to Houston. the self guide tour was interesting, but the gem is the gift shop. we were there for over an hour. if you are in the vicinity, it is worth the stop. Also, visit the Jungle Gardens while you are there.

1  Thank debbie_kevin
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

I was in Lafayette for a day and a friend suggested we drive out to Avery Island and tour the Tabasco plant. The "tour" starts with a small introduction by a guide and then a 10 minute video on the history and the production of the product. The it's off on a self guided tour of the assembly line - basically a walk down a hallway overlooking the bottling.

The Tabasco store is an adventure unto itself. There are hundreds of things to look at- from books to clothing to cookware, etc. You can also sample all of the current Tabasco line of sauces. We also tasted Tabasco chili, jalapeño ice cream, and (my favorite) raspberry chipotle ice cream. The stare employees are incredibly friendly.

Make sure you try the Tabasco chocolate. It was definitely not what I expected!

All in all, a nice way to spend a few hours.

2  Thank Vonnie C
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

Was working a few hours away and had a little time off so we went to Avery Island to check out the Tabasco tour. The tour starts with a guide telling you with a few facts about the production of the famous sauce. After that you get seated in a room and watch what amounts to a fifteen minute commercial for Tabasco. In this video they show you the mixing,salting,fermenting of the peppers. After the video you walk past the bottle filling line and watch through glass the labeling machines. After that its over. You never get to see the mashing of peppers,the barrels,the salting or any other part of the process. The guide was nice enough. The gift shop is stocked with nick knacks. I would have liked to see a lot m ore of the facility. They did say in a couple years they will have a new tour where more of the process is shown. For now though,its just OK.

Thank john h
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