As a person who has opened a number of new businesses, Joel Friant is a prolific entrepreneur. Among the industries he has worked are real estate sales, home remodeling, and the restaurant industry. In the real estate industry he has worked as a house flipper, or someone that buys a property that needs to be fixed up, has it rehabilitated. and then puts it back on the market in order to make a profit. He has also worked as a mortgage lender and worked his way into being the top salesperson in his office.
It was while working in the restaurant industry, operating his own restaurant, that Joel Friant became very familiar with Thai food. In fact, he became known as “The Thai Guy” because he opened up the first fast food Thai restaurant in the United States. Thai food makes great use of spices, including habanero peppers. Over time he developed a passion for this type of pepper. As a result he created The Habanero Shaker which is a container of 100% habanero flakes that people can shake over their food. He first released this product in 1995 and over time it was sold in a number of big grocery chains across the state of Washington. When other things became a priority for him he had moved on to other things, though.
Due to popular demand, Joel Friant re-released his habanero product, now called The Original Habanero Shaker. Habanero flakes are still the only ingredient and so the shaker is free of filler, preservatives, and artificial colors. His product is also made in the United States rather than overseas.
The Original Habanero Shaker makes a great alternative to other products such as Tobasco. For one, it brings real heat unlike the vast majority of products in stores. Because habanero peppers are one of the hottest chile peppers in the world it’s really hot, although not excessively so. And while there are hotter nowadays they don’t match the combination of flavor and heat that The Original Habanero Shaker brings to the table.