It’s No Wonder Why Burger King Is Running Out Of Zesty Sauce

When we heard that Burger King was running
out of Zesty Onion sauce, a creamy, spicy dip that goes with their onion rings – or
really anything you want to add a little spice to – we knew something was really wrong. We were even more shocked when we heard that
Burger King might not have Zesty sauce in stock again until next April. So what’s the deal? Why are they running out, and why will it
take so long for Zesty sauce to come back? The real problem with Burger King’s Zesty
sauce is that it contains horseradish, a root with a spicy flavor that gives the sauce its
kick. Normally, sourcing horseradish to make the
sauce isn’t an issue, but this year, things went awry. Though horseradish farmers say they planted
more horseradish than ever this year, bad weather in the Midwest hurt crops. Silver Spring Foods, the largest supplier
of horseradish in the world, said that a combination of snowmelt in the spring, a wet fall, and
an early frost contributed to making for a crop that was impossible to harvest. Apparently, they’re not alone. They say that horseradish farms in the U.S.,
Canada, and Europe have also been negatively affected. Unfortunately, this might not be the last
horseradish shortage we live through. The bigwigs at Silver Springs worry that the
weather patterns that caused the shortage are just a harbinger of things to come. Silver Spring’s president, Eric Rygg, told
the Journal Sentinel: “We think these are new weather patterns that
will not go away. We’re looking at speed as a way to mitigate
this. When the weather is good we need to harvest
faster.” Burger King says that they’re expecting to
run out of Zesty sauce completely in the new year, and the next horseradish harvest isn’t
until April 2020, so it might be a long time before onion ring enthusiasts can get back
the Zesty dip they so love. Arby’s makes a similarly zesty condiment called
Horsey Sauce that contains horseradish, but they’re not making predictions as dire as
Burger King. Maybe the next time you’re craving BK onion
rings, you can swing by Arby’s afterward for an order of Horsey Sauce for dipping. Long John Silver’s, the fast food seafood
chain, hasn’t commented on the shortage yet, but their cocktail sauce lists horseradish
as the third ingredient. If there really is a country-wide shortage
of the pungent root, they might be in trouble too. Burger King also isn’t the only restaurant
that uses a spicy horseradish sauce as an essential accompaniment for the decadence
of fried onions. At Outback Steakhouse, their legendary Bloomin’
Onion is served with a creamy, spicy dip made with horseradish. If the horseradish shortage is as bad as it
seems, they may have to come up with an alternative. It seems like our favorite sauces are in trouble,
so it made us wonder are there any horseradish substitutes that could be used to create dips
with that same zingy, spicy flavor? Luckily, yes, though some substitutes might
be harder to get ahold of than others. The best horseradish substitute is wasabi. Horseradish is often used as a wasabi substitute,
but that’s because wasabi is usually harder to get ahold of than horseradish. That might change, though, thanks to the current
shortage of horseradish. An easier to source substitute, though one
that’s less similar in flavor, is mustard. Look for spicy mustards with a short ingredients
list. This will add a hot, zippy flavor to dips
and sauces that is similar to the zing of horseradish. Another possible substitute is ginger. Now, ginger is a little sweeter tasting than
horseradish, but it does have a similarly pungent flavor when eaten raw. For best results, use raw grated ginger in
place of grated horseradish. If the horseradish shortage continues, who
knows. We might see some sauce innovations from our
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39 thoughts on “It’s No Wonder Why Burger King Is Running Out Of Zesty Sauce

  1. Fuck Burger King never going there again next time you fucken up my order really bad answer the fucken phone oh wait that bk shut down because of me your welcome next time work hard you bums

  2. All right enough is enough ,,,what do you mean ,NO MORE ZESTY SAUCE,,…no chic sandwiches from popeye's…and now this ..that's the last straw …lol……..

  3. As a culinary food service industry worker for many years the simple answer to this for them it is to switch over to the imitation Wasabi powder that's already made from horseradish especially considering that the Wasabi industry is one of the main buyer of horseradish anyway

  4. I πŸ’›Burger King's Zesty Sauce! It's one of my favorite condiments. I hope that we never run out of horseradish any time soon. πŸ‘πŸ˜„

  5. Oh my God it’s the end of the world as we know it I do not think I can live another day with the situation at hand

  6. Cocktail sauce in the grocery store and red lobster etc aren’t having any problem and their sauce all contain horseradish!

  7. First of all. Go to arby's for their onion rings, they are wayyyy better than burger king's. Burger king's used to be as good as arby's and then they went from ring's to little o's . So arby's for the rings and king for the sauce

  8. Ever since Burger King moved it's corporate headquarters to Canada to avoid paying U.S. income taxes, I no longer support or give any fuchs about the brand.

  9. Also known as Climate Change

    No, it is not a myth created by scientists so that they can get rich. (how does that even make sense?!)

  10. Burger King has Horse meat in their burgers, and sauce with some kind of 🐎 Horse in it .πŸ˜πŸ˜΅πŸ˜œπŸ”πŸ”?

  11. Ask BK corp in Miami FL why the use β˜ƒοΈ frozen beef on ALL the πŸ”. This is not good. Why pay $5-6 for a cheap frozen burger. Burger King needs to step up the πŸ” game.

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