Chick-fil-A is getting rid of these beloved sauces

Update: As of May 19, one CFA store manager has confirmed to Mashed that Zesty Buffalo sauce will not be discontinued after all, thanks to outcry from heartbroken customers. Unfortunately, there's still one more sauce that's planning to go away — unless you act now.

Chick-fil-A's sauces have their own cult following — we all know about the perfection that is the Chick-fil-A sauce (it's so beloved that we taught you how to make it at home), but the truth is that every Chick-fil-A sauce is pretty darn tasty. Each unique sauce brings something unique to the... well.. to the chicken — or to the chicken and egg if you use one during breakfast hours. 

In early 2019, Chick-fil-A rolled out new containers to give the sauces a fancy new look. But despite the fetching new attire, not all the sauces will survive 2019 — two are already on the way to that big Dumpster of great ideas that aren't here anymore (looking at you Spicy Biscuit).  

According to a Reddit post from April 2019, the Sweet and Spicy Sriracha sauce is being discontinued. The sauce, which is about the most appropriately named sauce ever, is no more.  In fact, there's a very good chance that your local Chick-fil-A has already run out of its supply, and we're sorry to tell you that they are not being replenished. Once it's gone at your local CFA, it's gone for good. The sauce, if you never tried it or just don't remember, was both sweet (with a lot of sugar) and spicy. It packed quite a wallop of heat from the the Sriracha. The sweetness was undoubtedly there, but it was certainly a "cold sweat" sauce — not intended for the faint of heart.  

Unfortunately, heat-packing sauces seem to be losing ground with Chick-fil-A's corporate offices, because in addition to the fiery Asian flare we've already discussed, the spicy kick of the Zesty Buffalo sauce will also be gone very soon. According to one Chick-fil-A employee who spoke to Mashed, the store will not be replenishing their supply of Zesty Buffalo, either. That "My pleasure" orator didn't have many details, so we did some digging. Thankfully, CFA headquarters had more to say.

Chick-fil-A's reply to our sauce-related inquiry said in part, "Buffalo sauce will be removed from the Chick-fil-A menu. Our research with Chick-fil-A customers indicates that Buffalo Sauce is no longer attractive to the vast majority of our customers. Low daily sales of these menu items support this research." So with that, if you want to get your mitts on arguably the best buffalo sauce out there, scurry down to your local Chick-fil-A and stock up, fast.

Chick-fil-A added four new sauces in 2016. Though three were just revamps of existing sauces, the sweet-and-spicy Sriracha sauce was brand new. If anything, Chick-fil-A arrived late to the "Sriracha is cool" party, which began dying down that same year. The Zesty Buffalo sauce was one of the ones that got a revamp — the original packed more of a punch than the zesty reboot. The original would definitely bring a sweat to the back of your neck, but the 2016 version, while still bringing the heat, didn't have the "burn a hole through the table" spice the original did. Maybe CFA should have left well enough alone.

The news isn't a complete shock. In 2018, on Chick-fil-A's blog, Chicken Wire, CFA broke down the most popular sauces by region. Guess which two were nowhere to be seen? Yup, the two that are about to disappear. Still, the buffalo sauce had quite a following and was a go-to staple for many-a-hack.  

But not all is lost on the sauce horizon. In select markets, Chick-fil-A is testing cheese sauce — and if the internet is to believed (hint: it is), the cheese sauce is a hit. 

One final note: If you're a fan of Chick-fil-A's buffalo and Sriracha sauces, the chain's history is on your side. The aforementioned 2016 sauce change saw the original barbecue sauce go away and a new, widely despised barbecue sauce take its place. Chick-fil-A fans are definitely a vocal bunch, and after a full-court press on corporate, the original barbecue sauce returned to much adulation and fanfare. So hold out hope, buffalo and Sriracha fans! Your sauce is only a few thousand complaints away from a return, so get those keyboards fired up. In the meantime, ask for extra Zesty Buffalo and Sweet and Spicy Sriracha sauce sauce on your next visit so you can stock up. And if you're worried about all those stockpiled sauces taking up too much fridge space, internet "experts" are ready to ease your mind. A Reddit AMA by an alleged Chick-fil-A employee claims those will last fine on your kitchen counter for months — though it's hard to tell for sure, since CFA can't keep them in stock long enough for them to ever go bad.