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10 Fun Hot Sauce Facts. January 25 2015

When it comes to hot sauce lovers, you get two kinds of people: occasional users and hardcore, die-hard fans. The die-hard fans travel from state to state, attending awards and openings. They have tried and tested every brand and type of hot sauce they can get their hands on, and if you’ve heard of it, they’ve more than likely tasted it. Hot sauce is more than just a condiment-it’s a culture. If you’re still new to the world of hot sauce, here are 10 fun hot sauce facts that you may not know:

1: Introduced commercially to the market in 1868, the Tabasco hot sauce brand set off America’s hot sauce obsession, and is still one of the leading hot sauces today.

2: Ever wondered why hot sauce is so addictive? Eating chilis and hot sauce causes your body to release endorphins (the brain’s ‘feel good’ chemical). This is because capsaicin (the stuff that makes chilis hot) irritates the nose, mouth and stomach. Your body reacts by releasing endorphins, a natural painkiller that your body produces.

3: Even though hot sauce has such an effect on your body, they aren't bad for you, contrary to some beliefs. In fact, chilis are cholesterol free, and loaded with vitamins.

4: A little bit of cool general knowledge: that sweaty reaction you get when indulging in hot sauce is called gustatory perspiration.

5: Drinking milk is the best way to cool down an extra hot burn. This is because a protein in milk (Casein) breaks down the bonds between capsaicin-the stuff that makes hot sauce hot-and the body’s pain receptors.

6: The scoville scale, which measures how hot your hot sauce is, is named after Wilbur Scoville, the man who developed this scale.

7: Mexico grows an incredible 140 varieties of chilies.

8: Looking to lose a few pounds? Hot sauce and chilies can actually curb your carb cravings and sweet tooth.

9: Does size matter? Generally, the smaller the chili, the hotter it is.

10: This may come as no surprise to hot sauce fans: hot sauce can be addictive.

Our favorite condiment is rich in culture, history and interesting facts. A combination of science, food and pleasure. We’re not surprised, though; we at THSC fall into the ‘die hard hot sauce fans’ category!


A History of Hot Sauce January 25 2015

Have you ever wondered who decided that putting chilis and peppers into a bottle with other scrumptious ingredients would make a wonderful addition to all of your favorite foods? Here is a little history lesson about the origins of our favorite condiment: hot sauce!

People have enjoyed chilis for a lot longer than we probably realize, with evidence showing that they have been around for over 100 000 years and were probably some of the earliest plants to be cultivated.  The earliest well-known Western story of chilis being used to make hot sauce, however, dates back to the mid 1800’s, when the first crop of tobasco chilis were grown by Colonel Maunsell White, an upper class Louisiana banker. The first commercial hot sauce was then manufactured and put on the market in 1859 by White, who then generously passed on some of chilis and his hot sauce recipe to a friend, Edmund McIlhenny, who planted the chilis and started to cultivate his own crop. After a few years during the civil war, McIhenny is forced away from his home for 5 years. Amazingly, when he returned, he found his chilli plantation was flourishing, and quickly manufactured and sent out the first batch of hot sauce in 350 using cologne bottles! Within a matter of weeks, orders for his delicious hot sauce flew in, and so the famous hot sauce we all know as “Tabasco” was first patented.

Soon after that, hundreds of manufactures tried their hand at coming up with hot sauces as good as McIhenny’s, but it wasn't until La Victoria brought out their taco and enchilada hot sauces in the early 1940’s that the hot sauce boom really hit the West. David Pace of Pace Foods introduced Picante sauce in 1947 and other notable hot sauces swarmed the market. The hot sauce market branched out and new ingredients started being used, different combinations of chilis, and an obsession with the “hottest” hot sauce ensued. By the early 1990’s, hot sauce started to replace ketchup as America’s condiment of choice, and hot sauce connoisseurs from all over started to enter competitions all over America, one of the most prestigious being the Scovie Awards, where hot sauce not only competes for taste, but for heat too. Hot sauce is now more than just a condiment, but a lifestyle, with hot sauce makers from all over are sharing their delicious, spicy concoctions. Hot sauce lovers wait for the latest, greatest and hottest hot sauces to be made by their favorite brands as well as the new kids on the hot sauce block.

Today, people all across the globe indulge in hot sauces, but it’s safe to say that the USA is still waving the flag of number one hot sauce loving nation. Lets not forget, however, the Asian love for all things hot and spicy-curries in India, mouth watering (and scorching), wasabi, which goes as the perfect complement to traditional sushi dishes . In terms of Western culture, however, it’s no surprise that our favorite condiment has such a great history, and we are eternally grateful to the original hot sauce makers for gifting us with one of America’s greatest food products in modern history.


Hot Sauce Clubs - What's The Benefit? January 22 2015

Hot sauce clubs serve a variety of benefits that favors anyone that has a passion for hot sauce. There's a variety of hot sauce clubs all over the world that offer members the opportunity to connect and engage with others that share the same passions. No other hot sauce club offers more benefits and value to their members than The Hot Sauce Club.

We'll discuss the our hot sauce club memberships in a moment. First, we've recently just launched our hot sauce forums. The purpose of launching the forums was to give you a great platform to exchange ideas, hot sauce, products, recipes and anything else you can think of. At this time, the forums are a work-in-progress but completely functional. So if you haven't had time to sign up and join us, you can sign up here.

One of the best things about THSC is the fact that we inspect all hot sauces personally. You won't find two better hot sauce enthusiast than Justin and Henri. This is how we ensure that you only get high quality hot sauces delivered to your door. We don't just take on any hot sauce vendor, it has to pass our personal inspection or we decline. This is to protect our name and reputation. 

Although this is true, we're always open to adding new hot sauces to The Hot Sauce Club. We know and understand how tough it can be as a new or unknown hot sauce producer. Our platform is here to help. We have several advertising and hosting options to help your hot sauce reach your potential market. If you're a new hot sauce vendor or want to learn more about what we can do for your hot sauce business, be sure to contact THSC today.

Hot Sauce Club Benefits

Now, what about the benefits of our hot sauce club? The Hot Sauce Club offers 3 memberships at this time. We offer a monthly membership, 3 month membership and a 6 month membership. This gives you plenty of variety and choices. And if anyone doesn't want to join our hot sauce club, you still can by hot sauce individually at great prices. We just give our club members more value for their money.

The Hot Sauce Club has several awesome things planned for the hot sauce club and all our members, so be sure to stay tuned. And always, if you have ideas, suggestions or need anything, you can always reach us at  hello@thehotsauceclub.com

 

 

 


Hot Sauce Forums At The Hot Sauce Club December 22 2014

Hot Sauce Forums Are Live! Join Us Today For Free!

 

One of the biggest goals when The Hot Sauce Club was formed was to create one of the best hot sauce communities the world has ever seen. I'm not referring to design, but rather a community where all of those who have a passion for hot sauce and hot peppers could have a voice. Our hot sauce forums was another goal and we're proud to announce the launch of The Hot Sauce Club's hot sauce forums!

We truly hope all of you will take this invitation and create your profile. Our hot sauce forums are absolutely free. We're still in the process of building more categories and adding more features to the forums. Any of you that know Justin and Henri know that we're all about hearing what you have to say. Once again, we're looking to our hot sauce club fans to give us suggestions.

Here's a few things that we'd like to know;

  • What type of features would you like to see on the forums?
  • If you could choose a specific forum category, what would it be?
  • What's the biggest factor for you when joining a forum?
  • If you liked a specific community, would you tell a friend?
  • What is your main purpose when joining a community?

Feel free to answer one or answer them all! Please send your answers to  hello@thehotsauceclub.com  Please keep in mind, we want you to be honest with you. We're one-hundred percent truthful when we say that your voice is the only voice that matters. If you'd rather say suggest something else, feel free to do so. Our doors are always open if you have any questions. 

 


Looking For A Great Holiday Gift For That Special Person? Hot Sauce It Is! December 17 2014

 

Welcome to The Hot Sauce Club, Happy Holidays and we're so glad that you chose to spend a little time with us. We're officially 8 days away from Christmas, wow! Where did the year go? 2015 is just around the corner and if you haven't noticed, we're all about Hot Sauce. And why not? Hot sauce makes for a great gift. It doesn't matter if it's the holidays, a birthday, or just to say "I Love You," There's a lot of people out there that appreciates a great hot sauce, I know I do. And the best part? Hot sauce is an inexpensive gift. Plus, you have the opportunity to have some of the best hot sauces right at your fingertips!

Here at The Hot Sauce Club, we have a variety of hot sauces for you to enjoy. And if you're looking for the ultimate hot sauce gift, how about our monthly hot sauce club? We have three hot sauce membership packages that have great value. The Hot Sauce Club has 3 different memberships, (1) month, (3) months and (6) months. Each monthly subscription to The Hot Sauce Club includes award-winning hot sauce delivered straight to your door. No need to go anywhere, we have you covered. All subscriptions include free shipping, no commitments either.

We also have dozens of individual hot sauces for you to enjoy and we're always adding to our collection. Quality is important to our company and every hot sauce that comes through our doors is tested and reviewed. We do want to make sure that you're getting the best hot sauces. That's why we have three main categories for you to choose from. We have award-winning hot sauce, boutique hot sauces and extra hot hot sauce. Yes!

 

Award Winning Hot Sauces

Boutique Hot Sauces

Extra Hot Sauces

 

From all of us at The Hot Sauce Club, we want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We want to take this time to thank everyone for all the support, we are deeply humbled by you all. Our goal was to build the largest hot sauce community in the world. While we're not there yet, we're off to a great start. We couldn't be this far without all of you. Thanks for supporting our efforts and allowing us to do what we love. We're all thankful. Don't forget about the new The Hot Sauce Club Forums everyone! Join our hot sauce community today for free!

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Welcome to the club, Jersey Barnfire Hot Sauce! November 29 2014

We would like to give a big THSC welcome to our newest member of the club, Jersey Barnfire Hot Sauce. The Jersey Barnfire Hot Sauce story began with two friends; co-founders Austin D’Almeida and John Sauchelli, when, with their love for all things hot and spicy, decided to try their hand at making hot sauce. They had no intention of selling hot sauce, but when everyone who tried it out wanted more, they brought their delicious and unique hot sauce on to the market, to be enjoyed by everyone.

What makes Jersey Barnfire Hot Sauce so special is their insistence on keeping their products as locally fuelled as possible. Their priority of using almost only local ingredients and suppliers means that not only do the farmers get the recognition they deserve for their hard work, but also those who enjoy their products know exactly where they came from. All in all, the Jersey Barnfire boys are not only great at making hot sauce-they also care about supporting and creating jobs in their communities. They get their main ingredients from local New Jersey producers: Obis One, LLC and Tranquillity Farms . Their affiliates include Black Garlic Love, Hayek’s Market, Tinga Fresh Mexican and Foodshed Alliance-to name a few.

Jersey Barnfire Hot Sauce uses fresh, local and organic ingredients to make up their two delicious hot sauces that are currently on the market.

Jersey Barnfire Original Hot Sauce.

Jersey Barnfire's Original Hot Sauce is a delicate balance between sweet and heat. It‘s made up of local and organic ingredients including peppers, sugar, onions, garlic, tomatoes and a variety of spices.  If you're a fan of the hot stuff, Jersey Barnfire's Original Hot Sauce will become a staple in your household.

Jersey Barnfire’s Black Garlic Hot Sauce.

Jersey Barnfire's Black Garlic Hot Sauce is made up of similar ingredients to the Jersey Barnfire Original Hot Sauce -peppers, onions, tomatoes, sugar, vinegar and various spices with the simple addition of black garlic. As with the Original Hot Sauce, it combines a sweet and tangy taste with its famous heat, but the introduction of black garlic gives it a little something extra. This black garlic, which differs from regular garlic with its richer and earthier flavour, makes for a smoky, rich and thick sauce.

One of the best aspects of these hot sauces is their versatility. They can be used to spice up any of your favourite meals or snacks and utilised as dipping sauces. Because of their sweet, tangy quality and thick consistency they can be used as a delicious marinade for any meat you usually like to throw on the grill - steaks, burger patties, chicken , chops, you name it!

 

Jersey Barnfire Original Hot Sauce and Black Garlic Hot Sauce are on sale now for $7.49.


All Natural, All Healthy, All Awesome - PuckerButt Pepper Company Knows How to Make Hot Sauce! August 30 2014

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If you love your hot sauce with some serious kick then you're going to love our latest range of products from the PuckerButt Pepper Company. 

PuckerButt Pepper Company made chilli fame in 2013 after being awarded the Guiness World Record for the hottest chilli pepper in the world. Known as Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper, this bad boy comes in at a whopping 1.5 million on the Scoville Scale and is recommended for the bravest of chilli-heads only!

Aside from creating face-melting chilli peppers, PuckerButt Pepper Company also make a variety of fantastic hot sauces. 

The hot sauce aficionado will notice PuckerButt Pepper Company's hot sauces have quite a thin, liquid consistency but don't take this as a bad thing - we find the PuckerButt Pepper Company's range to be subtle yet flavoursome, and their sauce is great for dishes like scrambled or poached eggs in the morning. The vinegar base used (a standard feature in most hot sauces) is actually made with rice vinegar for a more delicate infusion, meaning the habaneros are not overpowered and sit well on the front of the palate.  

And what about PuckerButt Pepper Company itself? Well something we found very interesting about Founder "Smokin' Ed" Currie is that his original interest in chilli peppers stems from a history of cancer and heart disease in his family. His research in the 1980s revealed that indigenous populations from around the world who eat spicy peppers have always enjoyed a very low incidence of such diseases, "prompting his focus on peppers as a delicious and healthy food staple."

So there you have it, delicious and healthy. Not that you needed another excuse to eat hot sauce!

You can pick up some of the PuckerButt Pepper Company sauces right here at The Hot Sauce Club from only $8.49 + shipping.

Let It Burn!

Henri & Justin

THSC


Hot Sauce of the Month Club August 30 2014

Well we're finally there. We're ready to launch The Hot Sauce of the Month Club!

It's been a long road to getting this fully underway. Those who've been with us since the beginning would remember this is why we started it all: to provide a creative solution for hot sauce addicts who want the highest quality hot sauce but often don't have the time/ability to track down the best stuff each month.

It's also been great to hear from local suppliers every week. We've been introduced to a wide array of inspiring small teams, often family and close friends who have taken their passion to the next level. Over the coming months we very much look forward to introducing you to these great people and their fantastic hot sauces.

Have a look at our catalogue to get a feel for the types of hot sauces we'll be featuring moving forward. We've put a lot of time and effort into picking the brands we list on our site and the Hot Sauce of the Month Club will be no exception.

We look forward to taking you on a spicy journey through some of the best boutique hot sauces currently available. If you'd like more information on our club, please click here.

Let it burn friends!

Henri and Justin 

THSC


What We Learnt From YOU, Our Hot Sauce Community! August 30 2014

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A few weeks ago we appealed to you, our amazing hot sauce community, for ideas on how we could improve what we do across social media and on our store.

We had an overwhelming response and must thank you all once again for the great feedback you provided - in particular, our competition winners Gary Gassett, Kyle Rugg and Marcus Hender who provided particularly thoughtful comments.

So, what did we learn and what will we be implementing? Well firstly, it's obvious you're all very keen to hear about great recipes involving hot sauce. Ultimately, we'd like to take that further and put up recipes for making your own hot sauce, but one step at a time.

So this summer, expect to see a range of great hot sauce-based recipes on our store. Related to that (and as Gary Gassett mentioned), we'd also like to do a 'pairings' section - that is, what's good to eat with certain hot sauces, because a lot of you said you'd like to see something done around that too.

Some other ideas you mentioned that we're looking to implement in the long run:

- Grow Your Own (how to grow peppers and make your own sauce) [Marcus Hender]

- Roving Reporter (a correspondent who travels the world reporting on great sauces and the cultures attached to them) [Marcus Hender]

- Interviews with the 'mad scientists' blending peppers from all over the world [William Oakley]

- Hot Sauce TV [Brett Cohen - this is actually something we've been thinking about for a while too!]

- Reviews of hot sauce labels/marketing [Andrew Trentacosta]

- Comprehensive profiling of heat, flavour etc [Scott Moell]

- Creative location shots [Jim Talbot]

- Fan of the Week/Hot Sauce of the Week [Kyle Rugg]

Once again, thanks for your help and here's to skyrocketing our community onwards and upwards!

Let it Burn hot sauce fans!

THSC


Award-Winning Humboldt Hot Sauce Joins The Hot Sauce Club August 30 2014

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We’re thrilled to announce The Hot Sauce Club is now stocking the multiple award-winning Humboldt Hot Sauce!

Humboldt Hot Sauce skyrocketed into hot sauce fame after cleaning up at the 2014 Scovie Awards. They won first prize in the All-Natural category for their Island Style Sauce and came runner up in the Habanero Sauce category with their Habanero-Mango Sauce.

It’s been an astoundingly quick rise to hot sauce fame for this California based team. Humboldt Hot Sauce was officially launched in 2010 by two long-time friends and hot sauce connoisseurs, Cal Ferris and Daniel Bixler. In this short space of time, they’ve managed to make a name for themselves in the hot sauce industry by producing some of the finest sauces going around.

Humboldt Hot Sauce uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create tasty hot sauces free of powders, preservatives and other genetically modified ingredients. The sauces could be described as Caribbean influenced: a high viscosity (ie. thick) with an emphasis on fruits and fresh flavors, coming in three different levels of heat.

The green Emerald Sauce emphasizes lime, cilantro and ginger, while the red Habanero-Mango really brings that spicy punch. The Island Style rests comfortably in the middle, and is the most traditional Caribbean-style sauce.

The defining moment in Humboldt’s short but exciting history was the 2014 Scovie Awards. For those unaware, the Scovie Awards is arguably the most prestigious hot sauce tasting competition globally. Hot sauces are blind tested by a panel of industry professionals including executive chefs, restaurant owners, culinary instructors, food critics and other industry leaders.

To win first place in the All-Natural category and second place in the Habanero category is a huge achievement and it’s a clear indication that Humboldt are establishing themselves as a leader in gourmet hot sauce production.

If you want to try some best-in-class sauce then these are a MUST. It’s now available right here at The Hot Sauce Club for only $9.89 + shipping. Enjoy!


The World's Best Hot Sauce Store & Community August 30 2014

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We'd be lying if we said we didn't have big plans for The Hot Sauce Club. When we originally launched, we did so for one major reason: to make it easier for hot sauce fans around the world to source unique, award-winning spicy condiments without having to spend hours on the internet or scouring food fairs each month. 

Since launching we've noticed just how many people out there there are like us - addicts of hot sauce, deeply immersed in the world of spice and loving every moment of it. Hence, we've since decided to push this website beyond a mere store for buying great hot sauce. It's our long term goal to make The Hot Sauce Club the number one place on the internet for hot sauce lovers - a sanctuary for you to find stories, recipes, products, merchandise and more on all things hot sauce.

If you check out our About Us section, you can hear more from us on our ideas, where we've come from and why we think we're good at what we do (without trying to brag too much!). We'd love to hear your thoughts on any of these topics if you have some (just email us at hello@thehotsauceclub.com). Alternatively, you may have some ideas and that's great too. THSC only exists because of you - the fans - so please do get in touch. We love talking to people from all walks of life who love hot sauce. Together, let's rule the world!

Let It Burn!

Henri & Justin @ THSC