Old Bay hot sauce will return to stores as early next week, McCormick & Co. announced Wednesday. Photo courtesy of McCormick & Co.

If you weren’t able to get your hands on a bottle of Old Bay hot sauce before it sold out earlier this year, your second chance is here.

Old Bay manufacturer McCormick & Co. announced Wednesday that its limited edition hot sauce will return to stores along the East Coast as early as next week.

When the Old Bay hot sauce debuted in January, it sold out online in less than an hour and caused the spice company’s website to crash.

“We knew our loyal Chesapeake-area fans would embrace this hot sauce as the winter escape it was intended to be, however we quickly discovered that fans all over America, and even the world, were seeking it out. We’ve been fielding requests for its return ever since,” Jill Pratt, spokesperson for Old Bay, said in a statement.

Fans of Maryland’s iconic Old Bay seasoning can expect to find its saucy counterpart at retailers such as Acme, Albertson’s, Bi-Lo, Big Y, Food City, Food Lion, Giant, Giant Eagle, Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, Market Basket, Martin’s, Price Chopper, Publix, Safeway, ShopRite, Walmart, Wegmans, Weis, Winn Dixie and more.

Some restaurants will also be offering Old Bay hot sauce as part of special menu options, according to the news release.

People can visit McCormick’s website for a full list of where to buy the hot sauce once it makes it way to shelves, as well as suggested recipes to use it in.

McCormick described the hot sauce as “tangy with a kick of heat” and loaded with the Old Bay flavor that so many people know and love.

Baltimore Sun staff taste-tested the hot sauce in January with mostly positive reviews, though some craved a condiment with more heat.

The 10-ounce hot sauce bottle comes with a suggested price of $3.49.

“Old Bay fans are extremely passionate and loyal, so we are happy to let them know our hot sauce is back for this summer,” Pratt said.

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...