Lenny Awards – Best Spicy Products of 2016

2013 Best of the Year Lenny Award

 

Welcome to the 7th Annual Lenny Awards for the best new spicy products. Some of these awards are for the best products our review teams encountered and gave the highest ratings for. Most of them are from my encounters from fiery food events, purchased online or perhaps found along the way in many journeys to and fro. The Lenny Award is named after my Father who died of Cancer on this very day back in 2010. Rather than mourn his death, I am here to celebrate his life and how he would help total strangers in need just because he could. I am trying to do the same with the Lenny Award by given something from my heart to an industry and community that I love. The Lenny is given to my favorite new products and there is no other factor involved in my choice. I don’t get a chance to try everything in due time, so some of these products might be older than 2016 when I first got a chance to try them. I have listed the names of the companies below the video that either received a Lenny Award or got an honorable mention. If you do not want to view that spoiler list, go watch the video and enjoy the moment there.

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THE Chile Pepper Awards 2016

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NEW PRIZES THIS YEAR! RETURNING PRIZES!
Calling all manufacturers of spicy goods! Do you want your product to be seen by 200,000 chileheads? Does a full page in Chile Pepper to showcase your products sound good? What about being included in Chile Pepper’s renewal notices? An award to prove to your peers and customers just how tasty your product is?If your answer is a resounding YES!, then you need to enter The Chile Pepper Awards competition. And the good news is that there’s still time to meet the deadline of October 21.
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REVIEW: Lucky Dog – Year of the Dog

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Year of the Dog – Thai Chile Pineapple Hot Sauce, 8 OZ

Year of the Dog Thai chile pineapple hot sauce may well be Lucky Dog’s best sauce to date. Pronounced pineapple overtones blend seamlessly with the sublime flavor of red Thai chiles in a surprisingly savory fruit-based hot sauce.

Never one to shy away from complex flavor profiles, Lucky Dog Hot Sauce’s Year of the Dog attempts to redefine what a pineapple hot sauce can be.

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REVIEW: Karma Sauce – Cherry Bomb

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Cherry Bomb

Multi Golden Chile Award Winner!! 1st Place Scovie Award! Best All Natural Hot Sauce! Fiery Food Challenge Award! ZestFest People’s Choice Award! Best in Flavor in the Hudson Valley! One of the most award winning Hot Sauces in the world. True to its name, this hot sauce adds heat-rich habanero chiles to a foundation of real sour cherries for a combination of fruity sweetness and unmistakable fire. Try it in your favorite chicken wing recipe for a blast of distinctive flavor! Ingredients: sour cherries, habanero pepper, onion, apple, apple cider vinegar, evaporated cane juice, lime juice, ground coffee, lemon zest, cinnamon, clove. EXTRA HOT

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REVIEW: Karma Sauce – Smokey Karma

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About Our Indie Food Business

The Karma Sauce Company was founded with the mission of providing you with the highest quality healthy and delicious foods. Foods like those we make for ourselves. No compromises, no cut corners.
Company Overview

We prep all our products in our own micro factory and grow most of our own veggies (especially peppers) on the Karma Sauce Farm. Most everything else comes from within 50 miles. We keep our eye on quality every step of the way. All of our award winning products are gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, dairy-free and preservative-free.

The Karma Sauce Company is dedicated to providing delicious food. Food that is good for you and a delight to your senses. When our first homemade batch of Karma Sauce was prepared for our group of locavores, the question wasn’t “Can we produce this?” but “How can we not?”

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REVIEWS: AlbuKirky Seasoning – Anchonero Hot Rub

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Anchonero Hot Rub 6oz Bottle

When meat hits the flame and the fire kisses it with smoke, elevate that flavor with our newest and spiciest rub. Ancho and habanero chiles provide the heat, cumin and paprika add an exotic smokiness, and turbinado sugar brings a subtle sweet contrast. Spice up that chicken, heat up those ribs, do your mouth a favor and add this rub to your grilling and cooking reportiore.

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REVIEWS: Bocas – Hot Sauce

Bocas Hot Sauce is an inclusive hot sauce for everyone to put on everything every time. Inspired from the rich, fresh, and distinctive Caribbean flavors and vibes of Bocas del Toro, Panama our hot sauce gives back through a scholarship fund for continued education scholarships.

Our blend of local inspired ingredients pleases the senses of everyone and every food it touches. It offers a perfect balance of sweet and spice that enhances the flavor of all foods.

Our inspired hot sauce has history. Its origins are traced back to the West-Indian countries of Jamaica, Trinidad, and Barbados. The earliest immigrants from these countries arrived in Bocas del Toro in the late 1800s to work on the Banana farms of the United Fruit Company. Over the next 60 years thousands more moved to Bocas del Toro quickly turning this island archipelago into a hotbed of inspirational flavors. The most notable and popular amongst them is the ever-present Hot Sauce. Enjoy!

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SauceFest Press Release

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SauceFest LLC Announces Postponement of Festival

Gourmet Food and Music Festival Postponed Until 2017
Houston, TX | August 1, 2016: SauceFest LLC (“SauceFest”) regrets to announce that the
gourmet food and music festival’s inaugural run has been postponed until the fall of 2017. The event
was originally scheduled to take place October 22-23, 2016 on the streets of East Downtown
Houston. The festival is now tentatively scheduled for October 2017.
To ensure that SauceFest 2017 brings the heat, iBurn® is working with Houston’s own Pegstar
Concerts to deliver a music lineup that only Pegstar can deliver. The 2-day festival will also feature
gourmet food products with heat levels ranging from mild to the world’s hottest, craft beer and liquor
brands, local restaurants, cooking demonstrations, and eating competitions.

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REVIEWS: AlbuKirky Seasoning – Anchonero Hot BBQ Sauce

When meat hits the flame and the fire kisses it with smoke, elevate that flavor with our newest and spiciest sauce. Ancho and habanero chiles provide the heat, cumin and paprika add an exotic smokiness, and turbinado sugar brings a subtle sweet contrast. Spice up that chicken, heat up those ribs, do your mouth a favor and add this sauce to your grilling and cooking reportiore.

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Happy Father’s Day with Guapo

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I wanted to dedicate something to my Dad being it is Father’s Day. So I went looking in the archives for the videos I made for Guapo, the Authentic Mexican Sauce. I had a lot of fun filming these videos of my friends and family trying Guapo on all kinds of things. These are just the videos I took in New York and New Jersey. This was filmed in June 2010 around Father’s Day, when my Dad who was fighting for his life in his battle against Cancer was actually doing much better after the initial chemotherapy. This was a fun set of videos we did and I wanted to share them with you. There is a small cameo of my Brother Mark, and wanted to give a shout out to him as he just had a birthday yesterday. So happy b-day Bro! I hope you enjoy the 2 videos. Happy Father’s Day to all your Dads out there!

If you are interested in Guapo, or any of their other quality authentic Mexican style sauces check out your local Whole Foods or at their website HERE.

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