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One of the world's most famous condiments, Tabasco, celebrates its 150th birthday this year. Edmund McIlhenny created the famous pepper sauce in 1868 on Avery Island, Louisiana.Whether or not you're one of those pepper fiends who shakes Tabasco on everything from eggs to burgers, Avery Island is a fun destination with a neat history. Tour the Tabasco museum and factory, try free samples of Tabasco-infused goodies, dine on Cajun food and consider trying a bloody mary (spiked with Tabasco, of course).That salt is used to flavor Tabasco.Tabasco was used as a wartime code word and was included as a condiment in prepackaged meals for U.S. soldiers.Tabasco's current CEO Tony Simmons is McIlhenny's great-great-grandson. He says only 2-4 percent of family businesses make it to the fourth generation, but Tabasco is already in the hands of the fifth generation. Snowy egrets have rebounded nationwide since then, and these days several thousand nesting pairs of snowy and great egrets typically arrive on Avery Island in late winter and stay through summer.That means Tabasco's 150th birthday isn't the only milestone being marked this year. Tabasco self-guided tour, $5.50 .
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