12 Trending Gifts for Spice and Hot Sauce Lovers
I love hot sauce. It’s more than just a condiment – it can be a way to add flavor, excitement, and personality to any dish. I love it so much I wrote a whole book about it once.
That’s why I’m excited to share this collection of some stellar hot sauces, from mild to wild, with you. If you’re gift giving to someone for whom hot sauce is part of their personality (we all have one of those friends!), then we also threw in some non-food gifts as well.
The hot sauce trend doesn’t seem to be losing steam anytime soon, and there are some health benefits to chili peppers that make this a good thing. It’s also a staple in Costa Rica, one of the blue zones regions of the world.
For the Cook:
$35 on Amazon
Fly By Jing is a newish and popular Chinese food brand that specializes in the delicious world of Sichuan flavors. Their good-on-everything hot sauce trio is one of the brand’s best sellers. Each jar is 100% plant-based, made with all natural ingredients, and crafted without any artificial flavors or preservatives.
$40 on the Blue Zones Store
Blue Zones Nicoya’s gourmet hot sauce trio boasts a healthy, versatile mix of flavors and spice levels. Made with fresh ingredients from the blue zones region of Costa Rica, the Nicoyan peninsula, and free of artificial additives, they can become an essential staple in every spice lover’s kitchen. Use them to layer flavor and spice into your sauces and marinades or use them as a dip or drizzle to add a spicy kick to finished dishes.
$45 on Amazon
This hot sauce set is made by the team behind the wildly popular YouTube Series, Hot Ones, where celebrity guests are interviewed while eating increasingly spicy hot wings. A new hot sauce variety pack is released by the show each season, so that you can recreate the Hot Ones experience in your own kitchen or simply discover your new favorite sauce. This pack features the mildest, mid-range, and hottest sauces from the latest season–use them to spice up your next batch of cauliflower wings!
For the Drizzler, Who May Not Spend Hours in the Kitchen But Loves a Spicy Dipping Sauce:
$33 on Amazon
These Japanese barbeque sauces are crafted in small batches by a family company that has been perfecting their recipes for generations. Each flavor features simple, authentic Japanese ingredients such as soy sauce, organic ginger, organic garlic, and green onions. And every bottle is non-GMO certified, vegan, and preservative free. Try them out on bowls or in noodle dishes to add a bold umami kick.
$15 on Amazon
Invite your favorite hot sauce enthusiast to elevate their drizzling game by gifting them one of the top-rated hot sauces on the market. This gourmet, black truffle infused hot sauce by TRUFF can be used to add a dash of medium heat to any dish. It’s made with high-quality, thoughtfully-sourced ingredients including agave nectar, chili peppers, and olive oil. This is also less fiery than some other best-selling hot sauces, meant more so for enhancing dishes with a flavorful kick.
$10 on Amazon
Another top seller, Mike’s Hot Honey can be used to add the perfect sweet and spicy kick to bowls, salads, and cocktails. The drizzle-friendly bottle makes it easy to top off any dish, and the ingredients are simple and whole. Plus, the brand supports responsible agriculture practices and sources its 100% pure honey from the U.S., Argentina, and Brazil.
For the Friend Whose Love of Hot Sauce is Part of Their Personality:
$14 on Amazon
Sriracha: The Game is a fun and fast-paced card game for all ages. The 52-card playing deck features sriracha and food-themed illustrations, and throughout the game, players attempt to create pairs and sandwiches to stay alive. Each round lasts 10-15 minutes–perfect for dinner parties, camping trips, game nights, and more.
$32 on Amazon
Looking for a gift that’s both sweet and spicy? Jenkins Jellies could be the way to go. The pepper jam brand sells a gift set that features four mini jars of their best-selling jam flavors. These can be great additions to meals, snacks, or desserts, and they pair particularly well with a slice of fresh sourdough bread.
$20 on Amazon
This hot sauce rattle is an adorable, cheeky gift for all the little ones with foodie parents. It features a soft, 100% organic cotton exterior. Each rattle is individually crafted by women supported by a non-profit fair trade organization in Bangladesh.
$15 on Amazon
This set of mini sriracha keychains is perfectly sized for the hot sauce lover on the go. Fill the leak-proof bottles with sriracha and fasten them to your keychain or pop them in your purse so you always have sriracha on hand when you need it.
$30 at Diaspora Co.
These beautiful 100% organic cotton dish towels from Diaspora Co. are a bright addition to any spice-lover’s kitchen. They are absorbent, quick drying, and add a nice pop of color to any cooking space.
$17 on Amazon
This cookbook is another thoughtful addition to the spice-lover’s kitchen. It’s the ultimate guide to learning how to make your own hot sauces, chutneys, kimchis, and more. Throughout the book, chiles take center stage, featured in an array of recipes such as Thai Pepper Mint Cilantro Paste and Mango Plantain Habañero Ferment. In addition to sauces and ferments, the guide includes several additional recipes for meals, snacks, and beverages to further highlight the many uses for spicy condiments.
Naomi Imatome-Yun is the Editor-in-Chief and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at Blue Zones. She is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author who spent the first decade of her career as a journalist, working as a feature writer, food critic, and food editor at top outlets including The New York Times Company, USA Today, and Yahoo. Her books and work documenting Asian-American culinary history have been featured by the Associated Press and the Washington Post. She also curated the historic Flashlight exhibit at the Mayme Clayton Museum in Los Angeles in 2017, which was the first-ever exhibition to explore the African-American experience through children’s literature.