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Not everyone can handle the heat, but if you have a friend or family member that is constantly testing their taste buds, these hot sauce gifts are for them.
Hot sauce isn’t your average condiment. Chefs and artisans work hard to get the perfect combination of spice, flavor and texture, and many families pass down recipes. When you appreciate the craft and culture, you can really appreciate the sauce.
That said, hot sauce makes a great gift! Take a look below at some of the best (and bougiest) hot sauce gifts to give this holiday season.
1. TRUFF Variety Pack, $69.99
TRUFF’s hot sauces are all infused with truffles. Get the brand’s standard black truffle hot sauce, the hotter black truffle hot sauce and the white truffle hot sauce in the variety pack. They’re all a little different, but the truffle is subtle in each. The sauces go great on sandwiches, eggs, meat — everything!
2. Hot Ones 10-Pack, $129.95
Fans of the celebrity interview web series, Hot Ones, will love this gift set. It features 10 favorite sauces from the latest season, ranging from “mild to wild.” Each bottle comes from a small-batch sauce maker using high-quality, natural ingredients. The Hot Ones gift set also contains the show’s signature Classic Blue Label hot sauce.
Mike’s Hot Honey is simply honey infused with chili peppers, but its flavor is complex, sweet, spicy and tastes great with savory dishes. While working at a Brooklyn pizzeria, founder Mike Kurtz started drizzling his signature spicy honey on pizza. Soon, customers started asking if they could buy bottles of the honey to take home — and their dreams came true. Now you can find the honey on restaurant menus, at grocery stores and on Amazon.
4. Fly by Jing Triple Threat, $42 (Orig. $45)
Fly by Jing makes some of the most incredible sauces inspired by the founder and CEO Jing Gao’s hometown of Chengdu, China. According to its site, “fly” refers to the hole-in-the-wall restaurants that “attract diners like flies.” And these sauces — once you try one, you’ll be swarming the site for more too.
Its signature sauce is its Sichuan Chili Crisp. “Intensely flavorful yet not off-the-charts spicy, it’ll make your food taste bolder and the world around you seem a little bit brighter. Use it on everything,” the product description says.
This three-pack includes the signature Sichuan Chili Crisp, as well as the brand’s numbing Mala Spice Mix and its sweet and savory Zhong Sauce.
5. Man Crates The Sriracha Crate, $79.99
This gift crate features all things sriracha. It includes Carnivore Candy sriracha-spiced beef jerky and bacon jerk, Hapi Sriracha Pea snacks, plus a sriracha bottle with an attachable spray nozzle, Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha and sriracha seasoning.
6. Pisqueya Gift Box, $16
Pisqueya’s sauces come from passed-down Dominican family recipes. But Maritza Abreu started the brand out of Brooklyn, N.Y., working to keep her family tradition alive. Pisqueya makes three different flavors: smoky hot, medium buzz and spicy sweet. You can find them on the brand’s website and in select grocery stores.
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