By: Dylan Heuer
Photo Credit: ShaquandaWillFeedYou
Andre Springer is the founder of Shaquanda’s Hot Pepper Sauce. He first created the product to complement his performance at Bushwig, a Brooklyn-based festival celebrating drag, music and love. Springer had no intentions of selling the sauce, which he designed purely as part of his act. But once festival-goers had a taste, they couldn’t wait to buy a bottle. His brand was born that day and is appropriately named after Springer’s alter-ego, Shaquanda. Six years later, Springer’s company now includes four sauces and beginning this week, they can all be purchased in Whole Foods stores across the Northeast. His sauces combine his Barbadian heritage with his Brooklyn upbringing, fusing ingredients and memories that result in unique flavor profiles and an unforgettable story.