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The next time you find yourself in a grocery that offers a good variety of condiments, take a minute to read the labels on the bottles of "hot" sauce. It sounds as though the makers of this 'hellfire in a bottle' have a contest to suggest to the potential customer which sauce will burn your innards fastest and most thoroughly. One of my favorites is named "SCORNED WOMAN." I lived in Cajun Louisiana for about a year, back in my youth, and got acquainted with some delicious foods favored there, but I never succeeded in becoming a true "pepperbelly" such as those cheerful folks down there who believe in "Laissez les bon temps rouler!"
I thought we could have a little fun here, listing some of the colorful names for this product. There are lots more hot peppers than those jalapeños that you put in salsa . . . . Once, I saw an entire magazine devoted to the subject of "hot peppers"---habaneros, cubanos, etc. etc. etc.
"Heaven hath no rage like Love to Hatred turned, nor Hell a fury like a Woman scorned." William Congreve, in The Mourning Bride
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OMG there are too many!
I have foodie friends who collect these just for the labels and names; a couple have literally hundreds.
Almost all have some kind of outrageous name (you could not, or would not, use the sauce as food at this point).
We are big pepper heads; I can handle hot better than most people. But I find enormous ranges in what people consider "hot," You really have to almost see for yourself. If a bottle lists the heat index number, that's very helpful, but most do not.
If they list the pepper type, that also helps. But that kind of details is not always there.
An item in the local paper here reports that a man in the next county over is suing a bar for allegedly serving him an alcoholic shot that included extract from "ghost pepper", the hottest naturally grown pepper on Earth. (It's from the Bhut Jolokia plant. On the Scoville scale of pungency , ghost pepper's range is from 855,000 to 1,050,000. On this scale, a Habanero chili pepper is between 100,000 to 350,000.) This incident happened last Dec. 16.
After the bar patron downed the shot, he fell to the floor and thought he was having a heart attack. A 911 call brought the EMTs and he was taken to the hospital. The lawsuit is pending . . .
I didn't know that, apparently, there are persons allergic to "hot sauce" . . . .. . . . . . . . . . maybe?
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