The next time you're in the supermarket, "look over there" for a bottle of Tajín, which is now legally obligated to be the hottest pick-me-up party substance of Pride 2022 after Jaida Essence Hall hilariously revealed that doing shots of the Mexican seasoning serves as her "energy booster" of choice on RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 7.
For those unfamiliar with divine culinary arts and/or dynamic mixes of flavor — or if your face contorted into a state of "confusion" (said in the vocal style of Jaida speaking to Jeff Goldblum on season 12) like fellow AS7 queen Monét X Change's did when her sister pulled out the spice — here's all that you need to know about Tajín.
World of Wonder/Paramount+ Jaida Essence Hall and her Tajín shots.
First, let's set the scene: After the queens returned from improvising a comedy challenge in Judge Michelle Visage's courtroom, the all-winners cast gathered in the Werk Room to prepare for the runway, where Jaida busted out a container of Tajín to lift her spirits.
"You know, this is so weird, but this is kind of like, an energy booster for me," Jaida said to Shea Couleé before offering her a shot of the mix — a move Monét scrunched her face at as she asked, "A what shot?"
Jaida then confirmed that the substance was, indeed, Tajín.
"You'll see, a little sourness will give you kind of a pick-up," she told Shea before they licked the seasoning off of their wrists. Yvie Oddly added: "I mean, it's salty, spicy, tangy, it slaps your mouth awake."
"And it's legal!" Jaida finished. "You can't get pulled over for that."
World of Wonder/Paramount + Monét X Change is hilariously confused by Jaida Essence Hall's Tajín shots.
So, for those asking, what is Tajín? Well, it's definitely "a tasty blend of mild chili peppers, lime, and sea salt," according to the brand's website. It has been used to enhance the flavors of vegetables and fruits since it was first launched in Mexico in December 1985, by founder Horacio Fernández, whose grandmother first created the flavor combination as a sauce before her grandson adapted it into a solid spice.
Popular items the spice is often sprinkled on include: Watermelon, the rim of a drinking glass, guacamole, popcorn, orange slices, and Jaida Essence Hall's wrist.
The product hit United States stores in 1993. Throughout the 2000s, the seasoning spread around the world, with expansive exports to Central America, Asia, Europe, and Africa, pushing its total number of global markets to over 30 — well, 31 if you count the RuPaul's Drag Race set as a sovereign state (it is).
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 7 continues Friday on Paramount+.
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