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Secret Aardvark’s turning 20…and we plan to make the most of it. The most FUN, that is! Welcome to our Happy Birthday Aardvark page!

Bookmark this page and visit often. You’ll be on the inside track for all the excitement: crazy contests and giveaways, news on delicious new products and partnerships. And hey—you might even get to meet the Aardvark himself at a Hot Sauce Expo in your town! So, stay tuned for what’s next…and let’s make this the sauciest year yet!

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Collage of Secret Aardvark Fan Art

Visit the Aardvark Fan Art Gallery!

A 20th birthday is special! So special that we thought our birthday Aardvark deserved a portrait (or few) to mark the occasion. 

So, we reached out to y’all to send us your best fan art in exchange for a chance to win some awesome prizes! And we received some fantastic submissions! See the winners—and all of the other submissions—in our Aardvark Fan Art Gallery.

Check them all out here!

Happy Habaversary Bottle

We’re rolling out a special anniversary Habanero Hot Sauce bottle to celebrate our anniversary year! Habanero was our original hot sauce, the one that started it all—and it’s still a fan favorite. Look for our party-hat aardvark bottle at stores near you or on our website. Get it while you can! It’s available for a limited time only!

Get Your Anniversary T-Shirts

20 years? Yep, that’s a LOT of sauce. And many of you have been here with us every step, squeeze, and slurp along the way. So, make merry with us and sport this super comfy limited edition unisex Anniversary t-shirt. Get ’em while they’re hot, and choose from red, blue, or black.

 Shop the anniversary T-shirts here… and shop all Secret Aardvark merch here.

Secret Aardvark Founder Scott Moritz

20 Years of Culinary Curiosity

Our original fearless leader was Scott Moritz, the culinary genius behind Secret Aardvark. Learn how our signature sauce got its inspiration and start at farmer’s markets in Portland, Oregon. And even better, discover the “secret” behind the origin of the name. Read the story here.

Commando in Chief

If you ever looked at the Aardvark and just wanted to give him a little squeeze…well, we feel the same. And the good news is you might get the chance!

This year, in honor of Scooter’s birthday, we’ve created a furry-and-friendly mascot to travel with us to hot sauce expos, festivals, and other events around the country. You never know where he might turn up next!

Blast to the Past with Our OG Label

When you’ve grown a bunch, it’s fun to look back at where you’ve been. And we’ve been thoroughly enjoying this blast from the past…our original hand-drawn label art!

As you can see, the Aardvark’s been his cute blue self from day one.

Know what else hasn’t changed? Our flagship habanero hot sauce. Its recipe has held steady since 2004: tomatoes, carrots, onion, and habanero peppers. Only the good stuff.

Speaking of ingredients, to answer a question we (yes, seriously!?) get all the time: No. There’s no actual aardvark in the sauce. Just no.