The inspiration for Peppajoy’s all-natural gourmet guava pepper source came from US army veteran Delano, who was born in the settlement of Blue Hills, Providenciales, part of the beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands, also known as the jewel of the Caribbean. Delano has fond memories of his early childhood spent on Turks and Caicos, which he cites as a happy and a peaceful time. in the early 1990’s however, employment was slim, and the country was still in development and facing financial crisis. It had not yet become the tourist hotspot it is today.
Delano’s mother made the decision to relocate to the U.S with Delano and the rest of his siblings in the hope that they would find better opportunities overseas. After completing high school, Delano decided to join the US Army and quickly discovered discipline and sense of community that could not be found in civilian life. He went on to serve overseas for a number of years, however, upon returning from the war in Iraq, Delano was desperate for a life of peace and serenity.
Delano had often dreamed of his island home while serving overseas and one day hoped that he could return to the life he once knew. He returned to Turks and Caicos with the intention of joining the local police force, however it was his love for cooking that was to lead him down a very different path.
In 2010 while eating at a local restaurant (Da Conch Shack), Delano had the inspiration to create his own hot pepper sauce. He presented the sauce to the restaurant manager the very next day who instantly expressed an intention to buy it. The sauce was such a big hit that Delano soon started supplying other restaurants in the TCI area.
Today Peppajoy sauce is sold all over the world. It first started being manufactured in the USA in 2017 and is now available to order online. The sauce is carefully handcrafted using only natural, handpicked ingredients. It is a versatile product that can be used for cooking, seasoning, grilling and even in dips. However, what really gives Peppajoy sauce that extra something special is Delano’s amazing story. We hope you enjoy eating our sauce as much as we enjoy making it!