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Holy Jolokia!  That's the name of the hot sauce the Chile Pepper Institute is releasing as a fund-raiser.  The Institute has partnered with CaJohn's Fiery Foods in Columbus, Ohio to produce the sauce, which is made with the world's hottest pepper, the 'Bhut Jolokia', or "ghost pepper."   This partnership marks the first time CPI has partnered with a private company, and Dr. Paul Bosland, director, said the new product will help cement New Mexico as the chile capital of the world.  The 5-ounce bottle of Holy Jolokia will retail for $10 and a portion of sales will help fund research and education at CPI.  After years of growing out strains of 'Bhut Jolokia', tests with High Performance Liquid Chromatography revealed the heat level to be in excess of one million Scoville Heat Units. The Institute's findings for 'Bhut Jolokia' were awarded the world record as the "hottest of all spices" by Guinness World Records in September, 2006.  For more information on Holy Jolokia, email the Institute here.  For detailed information on 'Bhut Jolokia', go here.


More than 16,000 buyers jammed San Francisco's Moscone Center in mid-January to taste new food products from all over the U.S. and three dozen nations around the world at the Fancy Food Show.  "Despite near-historic economic challenges, our industry is showing resilience," noted Ann Daw, president of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, the show's owner. "Consumers are eating at home more, and they are purchasing specialty items to liven up their meals."
The sold-out National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show supports Daw's theory and from my observations, business is still strong in our sector. Harald Zoschke, owner of Germany's largest online hot shop, Pepperworld.com, agrees, and notes: "January 2009 orders are up 50% from 2008 at the Pepperworld Hot Shop."
One of the more interesting displays at the Fancy Food Show continued the competition of who has the hottest hot sauce.  Dave's Gourmet introduced "Ghost Pepper" Jolokia Private Reserve, which Dave Hirschkop is calling the



world's hottest sauce. It's hand signed by Dave, numbered, vintage dated, and laid to rest in a wooden coffin wrapped in caution tape. A 5-ounce bottles are available for $35 each.


Blair Lazar, of Blair's Sauces and Snacks, begs to differ and points out that he was first with a Jolokia Pure Death Sauce. The battle rages on.

Bernie in Hell

Posted by: Dave DeWitt

Tagged in: scams , hot sauce , fiery foods

 A New York City artist has come up with a great way to insult the disgraced Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff: a bottle of hot habanero sauce called "Bernie in Hell." Alex Gardega said he wanted to make a statement about Madoff, who is accused of taking $50 billion from investors in his fund. Bottles of the sauce, available for sale at $10 each on Gardega's website, bear a photograph of the financier with horns on his head and dollar signs for eyes.  "This sauce is habanero-based and very good and hellishly hot!" Gardega wrote on his blog. He also wrote that the bottles had been produced as a limited-edition artwork rather than as a condiment.  More text on the bottle reads, "You can take the money but can you take...the heat?!!!"  Visit Gardega's blog here.

Hot Sauce History

Posted by: Dave DeWitt

Much of what we know about now-extinct brands of hot sauces comes from bottle collectors. There is not a great body of material on the subject of collectible hot sauce bottles, but we are indebted to Betty Zumwalt, author of Ketchup, Pickles, Sauces: 19th Century Food in Glass, who dutifully catalogued obscure hot sauce bottles found by collectors. Many bottles in the hands of collectors were uncovered from archaeological digs and shipwrecks.... Story continues here.


Many years ago I wrote a novel that was never published called Sidewinders, and in it my hero, a journalist, uncovers a plot to smuggle cocaine into the U.S. in cans of Mexican food products like enchilada sauce.  Well, today in Durham, Ontario police arrested Mahendrapaul Doodnauth (how could I make that name up?) and charged him with smuggling 276 kilos of pure cocaine in 1,250 boxes of Sari hot sauce, which is made in Guyana.  Doodnauth is the owner of Caribbean International Food Distributors.  The cocaine was in plastic bags that were taped to the cardboard inserts that separated the bottles of hot sauce.  Once again, fiction becomes fact!

Tons of New Content Posted!

Posted by: Dave DeWitt

Tagged in: tasty travel , smoking , hot sauce , history , gardening



We've been busy of late posting lots of interesting new articles on the SuperSite.  Check out:

  • Kobe: Not Bryant, but the best beef you've never tasted, here.
  • Tabasco: 135-year-old bottle uncovered, here.
  • Chile Growing: Turn your basement in a pod-producing garden, here.
  • Stovetop Smoking: Baby, it's cold outside, so smoke indoors, here.
  • Tasty Travel: Singapore Sling, here.


New Product Tasting Promotion

Posted by: Dave DeWitt

Tagged in: hot sauce , food trends , fiery foods

Attention Manufacturers. We are now giving you the opportunity to have your new products (less than one year old) tasted by our assistant editors using the Scovie Judging forms.  You will get a score for tasting and one for product packaging.  And the results will be published on this blog. There is no charge for this promotion, but you must sign a release giving us permission to publish the results of the taste test.  For more information, email me here.

Hot Sauce for Breakfast!

Posted by: Dave DeWitt

Tagged in: hot sauce , fiery foods


It may not surprise readers to discover that I have a rather unconventional breakfast each morning.  I love vegetable juice with hot sauce in it!  And being the fickle hot sauce consumer that I am, my favorite hot sauce varies from day to day.  Because we produce the Scovie Awards, I'm constantly tasting new sauces.  So here's what I love right now: upper left is Eswatini Swazi Fire Chilli Sauce, which is made in Swaziland, Africa.  It consists of hot chillis with onion and garlic in sunflower oil and vinegar.  Wonderful and you can order it here.  Next, upper right, is Susie's Hot Sauce that is produced by Rosemary McMaster in Antigua, West Indies (pronounced "ann-TEEG-uh").  It features habaneros, mustard, vinegar and spices and you can order it here.  And last but not least is Gila Venom, manufactured by Lizard's on the Bayou in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.  This sauce won First Place in the Habanero Hot Sauce Category in the 2008 Scovie Awards.  Because it also contains jalapeños, serranos, and cayennes, it is very hot but also extremely flavorful.  You can order this sauce here.

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