REVIEWS: Pepper Nutz – Rum Runner

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Who we are:

Peppernutz.com is a family run business that evolved into an online hot sauce emporium based on generations of ” Chile-Heads”. Our family has a long tradition of creating meals, dips, snacks, drinks… you name it – all things hot… in attempt to entertain our loved ones. After years of growing up in a chile pepper loving environment and enjoying the adventures of seeking our planet for the most unique and flavorful pepper products, it was only natural to have a second refrigerator dedicated to just hot foods, fresh peppers, pepper sauces, and pepper extracts.

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4th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo – Wrap-up

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I have been doing spicy events since 2007, so you know that while I have seen many, I have also not seen them all. So my point of view can only be compared to what I have witnessed personally. I have been to 5 Fiery Food & BBQ Shows, 5 Weekend of Fire Shows, 5-6 Bowers Chile Fests, 4-5 North Market Fiery Food Festivals in Columbus, Ohio, 3 New Orleans Shows, 3 Houston Hot Sauce Festivals, and countless other venues that tried real hard to make it work. This Expo this past weekend might have been one of the best put together event that I have been too. It only rivals those Fiery Food & BBQ Shows in Albuddahquerque, NM which pull in a large attendance over a 3 day period, but I think NYC supported the vendors more because of the amount they purchased.

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2016 Screaming Mi Mi Award Results

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NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Screaming Mi Mi Award Winners

The NYC Hot Sauce Expo is proud to announce the 2016 Screaming Mi Mi Award winners. With hundreds of entries the winners were selected by blind taste test by New Yorks finest and brightest in the culinary industry. The panel consisted of chefs from FOX, CBS and Food Networks, Food Critics from NYC Newspapers, Bloggers, Magazines, Hot Sauce Retailers, and some of NYC’s Top Chefs. The Screaming Mi Mi Awards have been creating a large industry buzz within the Hot Sauce Community. Past winners have received features on TV, magazines, newspapers creating a profile that has lead for their product distributed by wholesalers and national retail outlets.

This year’s top honors goes out to…

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2016 NYC Hot Sauce Expo Preview

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The most trending fiery food event on the planet is back and it is this weekend at the Brooklyn Expo Center, as stayed directly above. Brought to you by High River Sauces and the man behind the event, Steve Seabury. The who’s who in hot sauce will be in attendance. Some of the finest artisan crafts men and women will be sampling out their goods while the event itself will unleash a full schedule of entertainment which includes the 2016 Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the annual Screaming Mi Mi Awards Presentation, another Guinness Book Of World Record Carolina Reaper Challenge from Puckerbutt’s very own Smokin’ Ed Currie, the Defcon Deathmatch is back after a one year hiatus, and the only food eating contest that has been a part of the Expo since it’s inception, the Volcanic Peppers & Grimaldi’s Fiery Pizza Challenge presented by yours truly, ILoveItSpicy.com. Yes, that is my baby! A big thanks goes out to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and Tim Bader, my pizza partner and the man behind the heat who have kept this contest alive these last 4 years. Very excited if the defending champion Wayne Algenio will repeat as champion or will John Andrews return to his 1st year form and take back the pizza trophy. Here is da Champ, Wayne posing with his trophy:

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2016 World Hot Sauce Awards

2016 World Hot Sauce Awards
Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo, Lafayette, La.

Hot Sauce Division

Asian
3rd Mikey V’s Sweet Ghost Pepper Sweet & Hot Sauce
2nd Huffman’s Thai Sweet Chilli Aromatic Sauce
1st Tropical Spices, LLC Sing Sing Teriyaki Hot Sauce

Caribbean
3rd Todd’s Originals Llc – Inner Beauty
2nd The Trinidad Sauce Company – Original Pepper Sauce
1st Rasta Bros – Rasta Hot Sauce

Latin
3rd Samba Flavor – FeiJoaba (Fayzh-wah-duh) Hot Sauce
2nd Savage Jerky’s Mojo Habanero Hot Sauce
1st Secret Aardvark’s Habanero Hot Sauce

Indian
3rd Meier Food Products LLC – Devil’s Envy
2nd The Chilli Effect – Sting like a Bee
1st Mundi Sauce – Butternut Bomb

Louisiana Style

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REVIEW: Liao’s Food – Chili Chutney

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The story of my new company (and new sauce) starts with my dad. His story is a textbook American dream. Chinese but born and raised in Kolkata, India, he and his nine siblings grew up in a rather humble economic environment. At age 13 he started working to help the family—in a tannery, as a shoemaker, and then in a restaurant, where he found his passion. He came to America in 1980 with one suitcase, a few dollars, and an incredible work ethic.

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REVIEW: Little Bird Curious Confections – Fire Bites

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We are Corey and Sara Meyer, owners of Little Bird. We make all sorts of strange and wonderfully curious confections in Queens, New York.

Like many great origin stories it all began with Chocolate Covered Orange Peels. Sara made them as a present for Corey. They came out great. So Sara started candying everything in the house. She decided to try candied Jalapeños. Corey told her that she was nuts. Sara didn’t listen, as usual. Good thing this time. They were awesome. Sara brought the candied Jalapeños to work and her co-workers placed orders. Little Bird was hatched.

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