Review: I tried the New Mountain Dew Baja Blast Hot Sauce because you probably won’t be able to

Review: I tried the New Mountain Dew Baja Blast Hot Sauce because you probably won’t be able to

After what felt like forever, I finally received the all-new Mountain Dew Baja Blast hot sauce, and well… it’s very interesting! This was a PR gift from MTN Dew, but there was no monetary exchange (tbh for a drop like this I’m happy to be paid in spicy food). To give credit where credit is…

Review: SmartFood Flamin’ Hot White Cheddar Popcorn

Review: SmartFood Flamin’ Hot White Cheddar Popcorn

My husband normally does all of the grocery shopping for our household, so when I go to the store, I go a little crazy picking different treats that catch my eye. I was craving white cheddar popcorn this weekend and was thrilled to see they had SmartFood Flamin’ Hot White Cheddar popcorn. Want more spicy…

MTN Dew® announces new Baja Blast™ Hot Sauce for National Hot Sauce Day 2023

MTN Dew® announces new Baja Blast™ Hot Sauce for National Hot Sauce Day 2023

We’re thrilled to be one of the first publications to announce MTN Dew’s® (also known as Mountain Dew) latest spicy food launch — Baja Blast™ Hot Sauce, on January 22, 2023 (National Hot Sauce Day). We’ll be doing a full review of this product soon! Click here to subscribe for updates so you know when…

Are peppers spicier when they are cooked or raw?

Are peppers spicier when they are cooked or raw?

Peppers are an incredibly versatile and popular vegetable due to their flavor, texture, and vibrant colors. They are commonly eaten both raw and cooked — but which is hotter? Stick around to learn the differences between cooked and raw peppers and delve deeper into how cooking can affect their spiciness. What is the spiciest part…

What you need to know about “hot pepper hands”

What you need to know about “hot pepper hands”

There’s a reason that you often see chefs chopping hot peppers with gloves. Beyond basic hygiene, gloves protect you from a condition commonly referred to as “hot pepper hands”. Read on to learn what causes hot pepper hands, how long the burning will last, and home remedies for reducing the burn. What are “hot pepper…

Capsicum vs. Capsaicin

Capsicum vs. Capsaicin

Capsicum and capsaicin are similar terms that are often confused with one another — but they actually refer to completely different things. Both terms relate to chili peppers but in different ways! Read on to learn the difference between capsicum and capsaicin, and what each word means. Capsicum vs. capsaicin — differences between the two…

6 keto-friendly hot sauces we love (and 2 we avoid!)
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6 keto-friendly hot sauces we love (and 2 we avoid!)

This post was originally published on January 6, 2019, and updated on November 3, 2022 with new information and insights. The ketogenic diet nixes many of our favorite foods: pasta, rice, potatoes, bread… the list goes on! When you follow this way of eating, it’s more important than ever to have your fridge and pantry…

Top 7 hot sauce variety packs of 2022 (perfect for gifting)

Top 7 hot sauce variety packs of 2022 (perfect for gifting)

Hot sauce variety packs offer a great way to try a variety of different hot sauces, at an unbeatable price, without committing to a large quantity of any one sauce. This is a great way to explore the different flavor profiles and heat levels that are available in the world of hot sauces. From classic…

Spicy food market report 2022

Spicy food market report 2022

It’s no secret that people love spicy food. With Flamin’ Hot Mountain Dew dominating grocery store shelves since April, a new spicy breakfast cereal launched in August, and Zaxby’s “hot sauce popsicle” stunt, it’s clear that brands are taking note. We combined insights from market research reports published in 2022 with Google Trends and new…

Does hot sauce go bad? Top tips for refrigeration and shelf life

Does hot sauce go bad? Top tips for refrigeration and shelf life

We’ve all re-discovered a long-lost bottle of hot sauce tucked away in the corner of the fridge for months or years and wondered… Does hot sauce go bad? In short, yes, hot sauce can go bad — but most hot sauces will last for many years before spoiling. Almost any food item will go bad…

Is hot sauce vegan?

Is hot sauce vegan?

Hot sauce is a condiment that is quite often vegan, but this varies from brand to brand depending on the ingredients and processing methods. Because different people approach plant-based eating differently, it can be hard to find a straight answer to your questions. Are hot sauces plant-based? Most hot sauces will contain only plant-based ingredients….