GOOD NEWS: 13-year-old’s hot sauce business is big hit

Posted at 2:26 PM, Mar 09, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-09 15:09:07-05

MAIDEN, NC (WBTV) - A North Carolina hot sauce business is booming thanks to a 13-year-old entrepreneur.

"I found a hot sauce bottle in the cabinet and dumped it out and thought of a few ingredients and put it in it," Nolan Bebber told WBTV's Kristen Hampton. "I kind of think about what flavor components go into Asian food and cuisine..."

While the boy's first attempt ended in a flop, he soon began churning out bottles of hot sauce.

Michael Bebber, Nolan's father, said it all started with a $56 investment he gave to his son. He told Nolan to use the $56 to get the business started, but that the rest of the funds would have to come from the business.

And Nolan pretty much ran away with that idea and turned that $56 into Nolan's Hot Sauce, a now nationally known hot sauce brand. The 13-year-old also has his own website where you can order one of four flavors. [BONUS: Click here to check out Nolan's website]

The latest flavor creation came from a trip to the Asian market.

"That's when I discovered the lemongrass, and I couldn't believe how good that was," said Nolan.

Most kids wouldn't give two cents about lemongrass, but then again most kids don't have two cents to rub together, joked Hampton.

"He still working off the $56 and he's put money in his account and he's put money in his pocket and he's got money in his PayPal account… ," said Nolan's dad.