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5 fun facts to spice up your National Hot Sauce Day

During pepper season, jalapeños arrive at the Huy Fong Foods factory within two to four hours of being picked in the fields.
During pepper season, jalapeños arrive at the Huy Fong Foods factory within two to four hours of being picked in the fields.
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Friday is National Hot Sauce Day. As the Internet is won't to do, it’s celebrating with GIFs, hashtags, lists and more factoids than you ever knew you needed to know about hot sauce. 

Even Google spiced things up with a Google Doodle of pepper heat scale inventor Wilbur Scoville, who was born 151 years ago Friday.

https://twitter.com/google/status/690589394487660544

In honor of all things spicy, here’s what you need to know:


1. Sriracha now comes in fun-size packets

https://www.instagram.com/p/BA0FupyCSRw/?taken-by=huyfongfoods

So its fans can finally #LiveTheSpicyLife everywhere they go, Irwindale-based Huy Fong Foods is now producing single-serving Sriracha packets. A pack of 50 costs $14.99. 


2. The spiciest peppers 

The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion is one of the hottest peppers in the world.
The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion is one of the hottest peppers in the world.
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Researchers at New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute (yes, it’s real) lists the following as the hottest peppers in the world, based on the Scoville scale:


3. A hot sauce so hot it needs jet-engine packaging

https://twitter.com/generalelectric/status/690585861688270849

Just in time for National Hot Sauce Day, General Electric announced that it’s teaming up with Thrillist and Hot Sauce Hall of Fame founder Steve Seabury to launch one of the world’s hottest hot sauces this spring — made with none other than the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. Thrillist says the sauce will be so hot that GE is engineering the packaging from jet-engine material because “you need the most impervious stuff on Earth to contain it.”


4. Hot sauces owned by musicians

Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce

Apparently, many rock stars looking to branch out end up venturing into the hot sauce business. Radio.com has a list of hot sauce brands owned by musicians, which include the Misfits (Doyle’s Made in Hell) and the Offspring (Gringo Bandito).


5. A map of America’s favorite hot sauces

https://www.facebook.com/Thrillist/posts/10153794256350891

Sriracha and Vernon’s Tapatio represent California in the Thrillist’s map of the most popular hot sauces in the United States.