Updated: December 8, 2020
With the Holidays (or any other approaching occasion) right around the corner it is probably time to start thinking about what to get your loved ones. Since starting this site, I have done a lot of shopping and research of many different Hot Sauces from around the world. During these past few months I have come across a lot of companies that offer variety packs of their hot sauces. I thought I would take some time and pull some of them together in one place and offer you all some Hot Sauce Gift Ideas for the Hot Sauce Lover in your life, so that you can give them the gift of Burning Love!
In the past I have received quite a few hot sauce variety packs as gifts. Some are definitely better than others. I mean no offense to anyone who has ever bought me a ten pack of hot sauces for like 5 or 10 dollars (I really appreciate the thought!!), but with these low cost gift packs there is often only maybe one of the hot sauces that keeps me coming back for more. They tend to all really taste very similar. Just a basic vinegar based cayenne flavor.
Quality over Quantity
In most cases I would honestly rather have one $10 bottle of awesome hot sauce, than 5 or 10 mediocre bottles. It is hard, even for me, to spring for the pricier sauces at times, but it is soooo worth it! Especially if you like your hot sauce really hot. It seems, a lot of the time, the hotter the sauce, the more it costs. But, on the plus side, I have bought pretty expensive bottles of hot sauce that ended up lasting me a year or more.
When you get the right hot sauce, that is actually Hot, most people only use a tiny bit at a time. So, it lasts a long time and is totally worth the money. Even if it was a $30 bottle, but it ended up giving you six months to a year of spicy satisfaction…That’s a great deal!
So, today I am going to make some gift suggestions for the “chilihead” in your life, gifts that I know this chilihead (me) would absolutely love to get. Who better to give great gift ideas for hot sauce lovers than another lover of the spicy things in life? Everything seen here today are items that I have had my eye on for a while now…So, if anyone who knows me is reading this article…hint, hint.
I will only be recommending items that I know you can order online. If it has an amazon link I will post that too. Recommending something that you would have to go look for would be ridiculous. Especially with hot sauce. There are so many brands and styles out there that finding any given one at a local store in your area is never easy.
Of course those major brands like Tabasco or Tapatio, you can find pretty much everywhere. But I am going to be focusing on sauces that are a little more elusive. Ok, I am super excited! Here we go!
These items are listed in no particular order. I will make sure I explain the benefits, positives and possible negatives (if there are any) of each item. I know it can be difficult to decide on a purchase if it isn’t something you know much about. I want to make it easy for you to pick something perfect for your spicy friend or family member.
Ass Kickin Hot Sauce Mini Variety Pack
This variety pack is a perfect gift! I have personally tried three of these hot sauces. They all had a really great flavor, and they all had a distinct flavor of their own.
One really great aspect of this gift is that it is mini bottles (really cute actually). Having these fun sized bottles is awesome, because you get to sample 12 flavors for a low cost. And, as with pretty much any variety pack, you are bound to love some and not really like others so much.
For example I purchased three of these mini bottles: Roasted Garlic Hot Sauce, Cajun Hot Sauce, Chile Lime Hot Sauce. Although I honestly like all of them, the Chile Lime is my favorite of these. So, when I run out, I know to buy the Chile Lime in a full size bottle next time. But as a hot sauce connoisseur, nothing makes me happier than having the chance to try multiple flavors whenever I want on whatever I want.
I liked all of the Ass Kickin’ Sauces that I have tried enough that I really want to try the rest of their flavor options. Also, this variety pack is a great deal. Less than $2 a bottle! (I spent almost $3 on each of mine)
On a side note, in case you don’t like the idea of mini bottles…I bought these last New Years on a trip to California at a gift shop. But because I use so many hot sauces, depending on what I am eating, I am still using these mini bottles 11 months later! What a bargain!
Hot Sauce Making Kit
I recommending this even though I have never used it, because it just seems awesome! Anyone who loves hot sauce and has fun cooking, or is a DIY junkie, is bound to love this gift. I want this so bad! It comes with ingredients, recipes, and bottles to make 7 different hot sauces.
The reviews on this gift are great. On Amazon it has 4.9 out 5 stars and over 440 reviews! According to everything I have read, it allows you to make each sauce as mild or as spicy as you want. Another really great aspect of this is that many people report feeling like professionals afterwards, coming out of the fun process knowing that they can now make their own hot sauces whenever they want. What a great gift!
Mad Dog 357 Gift Sets
This company makes the hottest hot sauces known to man. If you know someone who thinks they can handle any level of heat, then these gifts are for them. I have tried a couple of these myself. For me, Mad Dog 357 sauces are generally too hot too enjoy during a meal. But if I am just in the mood for a hardcore face melting experience this is where its at.
I know I said I was listing gifts here that I wanted, but this one is beyond my tolerance. However, I thought I should include it, just in case you know someone who really loves the long lasting burn of the hottest substances on the planet.
As I mentioned earlier, the super mega hot sauces do cost more. That is because of the extract they use. I will list a few options here. One is a an incredible $250! But, for the spicy sadist, this is the way to go.
The Mad Dog 357 Nuclear Hot Pepper Extract Gift Set includes:
- Their crazy 9 Million SHU (Scoville Heat Units) Plutonium
- Their 6 Million SHU Mark of the Beast
- A 5 Million SHU pepper extract
- The Magnum 4 Million SHU
- The 38 Special 3 Million SHU
- The Midnight Special 2 Million SHU
- A 1 Million SHU extract
- And their Revenge Habanero Extract
Now, keep in mind that the hottest pepper in the world, the Carolina Reaper, has been measured at 2.2 Million SHU. So, the hottest of these extracts comes in at more than 4 times as hot as the hottest pepper in the world! Pure capsaicin is 16 million SHU.
A limited edition Pure Capsaicin was sold a couple years back (pure capsaicin is a crystal like substance). I have only been able to find one of these for sale, and it was listed at $2500 !
This is not the gift for someone looking for a super great tasting sauce. This is all about the burn. I am sure they have a great flavor if you took it down a few million SHUs, but flavor becomes invisible when you start shoveling ice cream and crackers in your mouth trying to relieve the pain.
I also posted a jar of just the 9 Million SHU Plutonium. It is less expensive than the gift set, and still allows the recipient to try the insane heat of 9 Million SHU!
Make sure you video tape anyone who tries these Mega Hot Extracts! It will be fun to watch later, so that you can laugh at their stupidity over and over again.
For a lower cost option, that still packs a punch there is the Mad Dog 357 Extreme 4 pack gift set. The bottles in this set range from 150,000 SHU to 600,000 SHU. Obviously, this is no where near the heat of the Nuclear Gift Set. If the person you are buying for regularly munches down habanero peppers without much discomfort, this will be too mild for them.
I am also including here the Mad Dog Pepper Puree 3 Jar Gift Set. This one is fun because it actually super hot peppers mashed and pureed and just mixed with a bit of vinegar. Sounds like a great way to get the true flavor and heat of the pepper in a form that you can use a little of here and there for months to come. One of the jar is even the famous Carolina Reaper I mentioned earlier.
More Great Flavor Options
Here are some of my favorite brands of hot sauces in variety packs. Any of these would be great for a hot sauce lover. All of these have great flavor and different levels of heat.
These are some of my personal favorites!. They all have really great flavors and heat that pair awesomely with all kinds of foods! And best of all, there are less expensive than some other hot sauce options. Many of these varieties are quite hot for the average person, but aren’t melt your face off hot like some people you may know might prefer.
My goal here was to give some Hot Sauce Gift Ideas for all levels of hot sauce lovers. I hope you have found this helpful. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions I would Love to hear from you. Please, feel free to leave a comment below or the contact form in the main menu.
To see more of my recommendations and favorite hot sauces you can check out my Hot Sauce Shop. Another good resource for hot sauce ideas is my Top Ten Hottest Chili Peppers and Hot Sauces that Utilize them article.
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