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.
In honor of all things spicy, here’s what you need to know:
1. Sriracha now comes in fun-size packets
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
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:
- Trinidad Moruga Scorpion
- Douglas Trinidad Chocolate
- Trinidad 7-pot Jonah
- Trinidad Scorpion
- Bhut Jolokia
3. A hot sauce so hot it needs jet-engine packaging
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
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
Sriracha and Vernon’s Tapatio represent California in the Thrillist’s map of the most popular hot sauces in the United States.