Many people can’t resist ordering Buffalo tenders or wings when they see them on the menu of their favorite restaurants and pizza places. It’s a given that this hot, bright orange sauce will make an appearance at most bars and casual restaurants, but how much do you know about it? You might be surprised that this popular sauce has such an interesting and recent history.
Craving Buffalo tenders or wings tonight? Check out these fun facts about your favorite spicy sauce!
It started as a late-night snack.
Buffalo sauce gets its name from the city of Buffalo, New York, where it was first invented by Teresa Bellisimo, the co-owner of the Anchor Bar. One night in 1964, Teresa’s son brought some friends home after a night out and asked his mom if she had anything they could snack on. Teresa happened to have a lot of leftover wings from the bar (possibly due to an ordering mistake) and quickly cooked them up in some hot sauce. The boys liked them so much that Teresa served them at the bar the next day, where they were also a hit.
Fun Facts About Buffalo Sauce and Wings
- World Records: Buffalo wings and Buffalo sauce have inspired some impressive world records. In 2012, the Guinness World Record for the largest serving of Buffalo wings weighed over three tons! Additionally, in 2017, competitive eater Joey Chestnut set a record by devouring 220 chicken wings coated in Buffalo sauce in just 12 minutes.
- National Buffalo Wing Festival: Buffalo sauce and wings have become so iconic that Buffalo, New York, hosts an annual National Buffalo Wing Festival. This festival celebrates all things Buffalo wings, including various sauces, flavors, and cooking techniques.
- Favorite Dipping Sauces: Many people like the flavor of Buffalo sauce but need a way to cut the heat. The most popular dip to pair with Buffalo sauce is ranch dressing. The second most popular is bleu cheese, which was Teresa Bellissimo’s original combination at the Anchor Bar in 1964.
Spice it up with Buffalo tenders and wings from Constantly Pizza!
Add some spice to your takeout order with a side of Buffalo tenders or wings from Constantly Pizza. Whether you order to share or keep them for yourself, you’ll love our spicy sauce over crispy chicken tenders or bone-in wings.