After causing a near panic over halted Sriracha shipments earlier this year, Irwindale, California's famed Huy Fong Foods factory is going all Willy Wonka, offering Sriracha fans (and skeptics alike) the chance to tour the facilities. In a public letter first spotted by the Sriracha Cookbook Blog, Huy Fong Foods announced it would open its 650,000-square-foot facility to the public during "office hours," in an attempt to educate people about "how our Sriracha is made and how delicious it smells." (The earlier battle between Huy Fong Foods and the California Department of Health began after neighbors complained that the factory's spicy product caused "unpleasant odors and burning eyes.")
In October 2013, CBS This Morning's Ben Tracy got a personal tour of the onetime-mysterious facility from founder David Tran. Tran probably won't be carting every member of the public on his personal golf cart, but those interested in seeing the plant in action can call Huy Fong Foods' customer service line and request an appointment.