Holy Habanero! It’s HOT in Here!

Music – “Who Stole The Hot Sauce?” from Who Stole The Hot Sauce? by Chubby Carrier. Released: 1996


I’m not the only one with a predilection for hot sauces. There are millions of us out there. On 12/05/2013, I posted “From Acid Rain to Zulu Fire….we LOVE Hot Sauces!” and since then, my own collection of hotter-than-hell sauces has been accumulating (well, I had to keep up with the cookbooks, which now number 6,013!) I have 90 at the moment, with a probable combined lethal dose of about 10 gazillion Scoville units!  Capsaicin is the substance, which makes peppers hot.  In the early 1900’s, Wilbur Scoville invented a system to rate the “Heat” of the different types of peppers. In the test, peppers were rated with what was called “Scoville Units.” The rating system became known as the “Scoville Heat Scale.”

The number of hot sauce manufacturers has also grown.  A surf around the web will turn up multiple hot sauce vendors, with literally thousands of hellish sauces to choose from. Who could resist? The sauces are not only tasty, but usually have lavishly designed, colourful labels advertising the contents. Could you possibly turn down a bottle of “Area 51 – The Hot Sauce that Doesn’t Exist“? Or “Professor Phardtpounders Colon Cleaner“?  What about “Toxic Toad“, “Spontaneous Combustion“, “Da Bomb” or  “Death Nectar“?


Just two of many books published on hot sauces.

A few months ago, I found a bottle called “Obama’s Last Day – Jan. 20, 2017“, which I have not yet sampled. The other day, I located http://www.hotsauce.com, which has a HUGE selection of hot sauces and related items. I found “Dump Trump Habanero Hot Sauce” there and he is now sharing the shelf with “Obama’s Last Day“. A kind of quirky co-existence. I have not yet sampled “Hazmat“, or “Road to Hell“. Also from http://www.hotsauce.com I ordered a bottle of “357 Mad Dog Hot Sauce – This Sauce Will Blow You Away” and is listed as 357,000 Scoville units. It comes with a warning tag, which also includes the following admonishment: “If I give this product as a gift, I will make the recipient fully aware of the potential danger if used or handled improperly” Geez!  I can think of one or two “recipients” I’d just LOVE to give this to as a gift without advance warning! (none of them are friends)

As long as we love to torture our mouths and digestive systems with these tasty, but HOT, HOT, HOT sauces, they will keep on comin’.  Go ahead…spice up your life, but remember, a little goes a very-long-way!

My EatYourBooks cookbook collection


About vintagecookbookery

Cookbook lover and collector with a burgeoning collection of cookbooks. Reading and researching food trends, history of cooking techniques and technological advances in cooking, what we eat and why and cookbooks as reflectors of cultures is a fascination for me. As of November 7th, 2013, I hold the current Guinness World Record title for the largest collection of cookbooks: 2,970 at the official count on July 14th, 2013 (applaud now, thank you very much!) The current (unofficial) number is now 6,500. What next? More shelves?
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1 Response to Holy Habanero! It’s HOT in Here!

  1. Evelyn says:

    Love it! Hotsauce.com

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