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If you're looking for the "Disneyland" of factory tours, the Sriracha tour in Irwindale, Calif. is about as close as you'll get.
Tour: Huy Fong Foods
Address: 4800 Azusa Canyon Rd. Irwindale, Calif.
Price: Free (call for reservation)
Sriracha is the Thai name for a type of chili-based hot sauce that's pretty much a staple in most Asian restaurants. Cooks swear by it. Consumers practically took to the streets when the factory was declared a nuisance in 2014 and threatened with closure. Don't worry - the factory is open and busier than ever and the ventilation that had local politicians so upset has been fixed.
This is one serious factory. You get to see pretty much the entire process from the loading bay were California-grown chilis are unloaded to where the spicy sauce is made and bottled. The company makes its own bottles using a plastic extrusion process - the only way to get that iconic shape.
The factory is so massive that you travel over the tens of thousands of square feet on a golf cart. If you're lucky - you'll see founder David Tran. He's proud of the factory and happy to answer visitors' questions.
You'll learn some secrets about the famous sauce, including why there's a rooster on the bottle - and it's not because it makes good hot wings. Although, we have to say that does sound pretty good.