So I bet you never gave Grey Poupon much thought. Probably think of it as the Cadillac of mustards. Two rich dudes making sandwiches in their Bentleys and all that. But I am hear to blow the lid off the scam that is Grey Poupon. That’s right. The white lid with blue letters. Blowin’ that shit right off. Or at least telling you some things you didn’t know.
I just want you to know the facts so that the next time you go to somebody’s house, you can be annoying and spray these facts all over the host and hostess.
- That 1777 on the jar? It has nothing to do with how old the recipe is. It is just how far back they traced the history of the company. Which is still pretty impressive, but deceptive. The Dijon, France mustard store was purchased by an Englishman named Gray in 1823.
- Grey invented the first mustard seed crushing machine in 1850. He was so good at it that he was named the official Mustard Maker for Napoleon III. Note: If you have an official Mustard Maker, you are a douche bag.
- In order to expand, Grey the Englishman took on a partner, Auguste Poupon the Frenchman (and probably fat dude).
- Grey (not Poupon) then invented a mustard recipe that used local white whine as an ingredient.
- The recipe, which is older than the formula for Coca Cola, is one of the oldest secret recipes that anyone actually heard of in the world. On that note, I make my grilled cheese with human hair. There, my secret is out.
- The French Company sold out to a US firm in 1946.
- The Grey-Poupon made in France cannot be sold in the US and vice versa.
- No US mustard calling itself “Dijon” can be sold in France. It’s against the law. France is so fucking touchy.
- The company was bought by R.J. Reynolds in 1982 which then got bought by Nabisco in 1985.
- Last I checked, the French Gray Poupon mustard that you buy contains spices secretly mixed in New Jersey then made into mustard in Oxnard, California.
LOL – Poupon…