My father, Albert Habinak, a veteran of the Korean War, spent most of his career traveling. After he retired he missed some of his favorite foods he experienced while dining across the country. Although not a cook he set out to recreate some of those flavors. He mastered an amazing sweet jalapeno relish. Since he was not a chef it never occurred to him to add salt yet his relish is bursting with flavor. His favorite condiment Alberto’s Sweet Jalapeno Relish with no sodium became a healthier option and is delicious on eggs, hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, chili and on tortilla chips.
After perfecting the recipe he would say, “It’s so good I know I can sell it.” And he was right. My mother, Sarah, a retired school teacher, convinced it would not sell, booked him a craft show where he sold out and had customers calling wanting more.
“Sweet and Tangy but Not Hot” perfectly describes our original sweet jalapeno relish which is now our Zero heat. Our signature item is now available in Mild, Medium and Hot.
Items were added to our line based on family recipes. Sarah’s Candied Jalapenos and her Zucchini Relish are top sellers. My grandmother’s Corn Relish has been a family tradition for more than 100 years. All of our products are made in small batches.
Since launched in 1998 Alberto’s has won numerous awards but truly it is our customers’ comments that mean so much to us. Our customers make the difference!