There are those of us who love hot sauce, and then there are those whose eyes water when eating mild Taco Bell sauce. That always makes me chuckle since mild Taco Bell sauce tastes like ketchup to me. Count me in the group that loves hot sauce. My mother makes a fantastic salsa by the gallon, and my brother actually uses it to help with weight loss. I’m not quite sure how it works exactly… maybe he douses everything so that it’s so hot he can barely eat it? Or maybe he uses hot sauce in lieu of good healthy fats. At any rate, he asks my mom for a gallon of it every few months, he loves it. You can make a quart of this salsa for under two dollars, if you are looking to go super frugal in your gift giving.
Each year at work we do the Secret Santa gift exchange and one of my coworkers totally loves hot sauce. He loves it super hot. Like, so hot you’re dancing around because your tongue and throat is on fire and your eyes are tearing. Everyone knows how much this coworker loves super hot hot hot sauce so he usually receives a gift pack of hot sauce. His tolerance is much higher than mine, and I think his stomach must be made of cast iron, too. A few months ago I emailed him about a site I’d found called Insane Chicken that lists the hottest hot sauces ever concocted. The Insane Chicken explains the Scoville scale.
The Scoville scale is a measurement of the spicy heat (or piquance) of a chili pepper. It is named after its creator, American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville. His method, devised in 1912, is known as the Scoville Organoleptic Test. The number of Scoville heat units (SHU) in a particular pepper indicates the amount of capsaicin present. What is Capsaicin? It is a chemical compound that stimulates chemoreceptor nerve endings in the skin, especially the mucous membranes. Have you ever eaten a really hot pepper and all of a sudden your nose starts running and your eyes tears up? Well, that is the effects of the level of capsaicin in that pepper. Some of the manufacturers have retired some of the sauces because they were a one-time edition.
During our brief email conversation my coworker said he has tried Da’Bomb The Final Answer Hot Sauce and confided, “Four or five drops in the batch can take skin out of your mouth. I see that it is relatively low on the scales. Can’t imagine what hotter stuff could be like.” Da’Bomb The Final Answer has a Scoville rating of 1,500,000! One of the retired sauces – Blaire’s 16 Million Reserve had a Scoville heat unit of 1,600,000, yes, that’s 1 million six hundred thousand. I believe you could kill someone using that product! Ouch! An ordinary jalapeno pepper has a Scoville heat unit of 2,500 – 8,000. Most habaneros rate between 200,000 and 300,000. Yeowch!
If you have a loved one that needs their hot sauce fix, I found some that look mighty interesting at Amazon. I’ll list the Skoville Units if I can locate them:
1. I’ll start first with the one my coworker mentioned, this one by Da’Bomb.
2. You might consider this next one by Dave’s Gourmet if your loved one has family members that enjoy mild as this one has six bottles going from mild to insanity hot. Contains six 2-ounce bottles of the top six selling hot sauces, including Roasted Pepper & Chipotle Sauce, Roasted Garlic Hot Sauce, Scotch Bonnet Sauce, Temporary Insanity Sauce, Cool Cayenne Sauce and Hurtin Jalapeno Sauce. This gift pack is reportedly not hot enough for some reviewers, except for the Temporary Insanity Sauce.
3. This super hot set includes the hottest hot sauces available from Dave’s Gourmet, in four 2-ounce bottles. Contains: Ultimate Insanity Sauce (250,000SHU), Insanity Sauce (180,000SHU), Total Insanity Sauce (48,000SHU), and Temporary Insanity Sauce (57,000SHU).
4. Three 5-ounce bottles by Arrogant Bastard Ale: Jalapeno Heat Sauce, Chipotle Sauce and Double Burn Habanero. Sauce
5. Six assorted hot sauces-each flavored with different Mexican chiles. From super hot habanero to tangy-spicy green jalapeño to smooth, traditional red sauces. Contains Cholula Brand, Tapatio Brand, Bufalo Hot Sauce, El Yucateco, Tamazula, and I believe the sixth one is La Guacamaya. I’ve seen most of these hot sauces in the Hispanic section of our local grocery stores here in Arizona. This is a great price for all of these together.
6. El Yucateco Habanero gift pack four 4-ounce bottles of their most popular Habanero Hot Sauces: Habanero Red, Habanero Green, Caribbean Habanero and Kutbil-Ik or Habanero Extra Hot sauce. El Yucateco Habanero Hot Sauce products are made with fresh habanero peppers, garlic, select spices and seasonings.
7. Perhaps your favorite hot sauce lover also loves bacon?
8. Hell Devil’s Revenge offers these four Mini Hot Sauce From Hell, Mini A$$ Blaster Hot Sauce, Mini Spontaneous Combustion, and Mini Hot Sauce. The size of the bottle is not identified but the total shipping weight is eight ounces. Reviewers report that these are truly “mini” sized bottles and more like samples so I would suspect that these bottles are possibly 1 ounce or 1.5 ounce each. If you only need a tiny bit and want to add a bit of heat occasionally this might be perfect for your spice rack.
9. Three 5-ounce bottles by Whoop A$$: Whoop Ass Bacon, Roasted Garlic, and Chipotle Fire. I bought these one year for my oldest son, Big A. The bottles are made up to look like tough cowboys.
10. Dave’s Gourmet 12-pack, each jar is .75 ounce. New Flavors Rowdy Red Chile, Hysterical Habanero, & Chillin’ Chipotle. Also included these classics: Roasted Red Pepper, Roasted Garlic , Scotch Bonnet , Temporary Insanity (57,000SHU), Cool Cayenne, Ginger Peach, Crazy Caribbean, Jammin’ Jerk and Hurtin’ Jalapeno.
11. Three 5-ounce bottles of habanero sauce by Melinda’s.
12. Blair’s Death Sauce Minis 4 pack 2-ounces each. Includes Blair’s Original Death Sauce (30,000SHU), Blair’s After Death Sauce (49,250SHU), Blair’s Jalapeno Death Sauce, and Blair’s Sudden Death Sauce packaged in a custom graphic carrying holder. Also includes 2 of Blair’s famous Dangling Skulls.
In which camp do you lie? Super hot sauce lover or wimp? 🙂