Product Reviews

Purple Haze Hot Sauce Label

Purple Haze Hot Sauce Review

Love hot sauces that look as unique as they taste? Get to know Purple Haze Hot Sauce. This is one “psychedelic hot sauce”, with a bold name, bold flavor, and even bolder color. But how well-balanced is its heat? And do the unique ingredients (like … Read more

Melinda’s Green Sauce label

Melinda’s Green Sauce Review

Melinda’s Green Sauce is described right on its web page as, “crafted by blending together a lot of good green stuff.” And that it sure is. It’s chock-full of green things — from jalapeños to spinach and more. There’s a lot to take in on … Read more

Aka Miso Ghost-Reaper Hot Sauce Review

“Get back Reaper!”, I screamed, “You’re freakin’ dangerous!” Seriously, Aka Miso Ghost-Reaper by Bravado Spice Company is really hot, particularly for a sauce with no chili pepper extracts. No, this is the real McCoy here — fresh ghost peppers and Carolina Reapers punching hard. But … Read more

Goya Hot Sauce - Salsa Picante label

Goya Hot Sauce (Salsa Picante) Review

With its presence on (I think) every hot sauce store shelf on the West Coast (and maybe the East?), Goya Salsa Picante is a definite fiery staple. And for good reason – its simple ingredient list provides plenty of tang. But how does this hot … Read more

Howler Monkey Hot Sauce - Original

Howler Monkey Hot Sauce (Original) Review

If you know your monkeys (and who doesn’t, I say), you may have gathered Howler Monkey Hot Sauce is a Panamanian-style sauce. Howler monkeys being the tell here for those in the primate know — a species native to Central America. But enough Nat Geo … Read more

Secret Aardvark Serrabanero Green Hot Sauce Label

Secret Aardvark Serrabanero Hot Sauce Review

What happens when you pair two popular peppers with totally different flavor profiles? Secret Aardvark Serrabanero Green Sauce does just that. It mixes medium-heat serrano peppers and extra-hot habaneros into one beautiful green tomato based sauce — and one funky name. But how does it … Read more

African Dream Foods Ghost Peri-Peri Sauce Label

African Dream Foods Ghost Peri-Peri Sauce Review

Tell you what, African Dream Foods has the kind of x-factor that most hot sauces dream of. Their sauces are made from ingredients sourced from small South African farms, and they give back to African wildlife conservation with every bottle purchased. That’s sustainable business right … Read more

Texas Pete Original Hot Sauce label

Texas Pete Original Hot Sauce Review

You’ve no-doubt seen it. Often right near that ever-present Tabasco Red. Texas Pete Original Hot Sauce is nearly just as common on store shelves. And there’s good reason this Louisiana-style hot sauce is so popular — its balance between the fresh chili pepper flavor and … Read more

The Pepper Plant Hot Sauce Label

The Pepper Plant Hot Sauce Review

My first takeaway from a bite of The Pepper Plant Hot Sauce (Original California Style) is how salty the flavor is — and I’m not mad at it! It actually blew me away as I’m a known salt-addict. There’s a more complex flavor here, too, … Read more

Palo Alto Firefighters Pepper Sauce label

Palo Alto Firefighters Pepper Sauce Review

The second Palo Alto Firefighters Pepper Sauce hit my lips, I thought, “This tastes very familiar, and I love it!” I later figured out, after my weekly drive through Taco Bell (no judgement), that Palo Alto firefighters found a way to make something that tastes … Read more