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A1 Steak Sauce or A-1 Steak Sauce?

The original can be traced back to a chef of King George IV in 1824, but was it called "A-1 Steak Sauce" or "A1 Steak Sauce"? Many people are sure it had the dash, and are surprised to find today it's missing, and always has been. Rather than accept faulty memory being to blame, they are calling it a Mandela Effect

It was registered as a trade mark in 1895 and there have been a few legal tangles since related to the name, including at one point a competitor bringing out an "A2". There was a rebranding of Kraft's famous sauce, but it wasn't the one we're interested in here. In May 2014, Kraft changed it from "A.1. Steak Sauce" to "A.1. Sauce".

Evidence of the "A-1" mark appears twice in Jeopardy!, once in 1997 and again in 2001. This is the show which so much hangs on the detail, and with so much exposure every question and answer must be thoroughly checked and double-checked.


There's lots of "reside" for this one, i.e. with the Mandela Effect there is usually nothing to show it was the way people remember, unlike with this. An example is Marvel's Robot A-1 sauce character.  It's can't be a coincidence that a character named after a sauce just happens to be the same name.

Plenty of people remember the different mark on a chowhound comment thread too. 


Oh boy. So, the thinking with this one goes along the lines of the ME itself being controlled by some huge AI system, and, well you can see where this is going already. Some are claiming there are clues laid out in plain sight for those who know where to look, and this is "clearly" one of them.


The product proved so popular there was even a knock off called "A.2." sauce - note the position of the dots. This is signioficant because there was a lawsuit raised, which Nabisco (the owners of the A.1. brand at the time), won. In legal cases regarding trademarks, such as this one, it is essential the exact depiction of the mark is filed correctly.

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You know it must be cool when even Meat Loaf sings about it in an advert.