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The Best Fruit-Flavored Hot Sauces

The Best Fruit-Flavored Hot Sauces:

I make my own hot sauce. As someone whose livelihood involves working with something you can’t touch – writing – there’s a satisfaction that comes with creating a thing from scratch, holding it in your hands and sharing it with others. I’m guessing it’s the reason a lot of hot sauce makers got in the game.

The sauces I make are sweet and hot. That’s what I like to eat. Mainly I work with habaneros, although sometimes with jalapenos. I’ve made hot sauces with pineapple, mango, orange, bell pepper, plum, apple and banana even, with varying levels of success. (There’s a reason banana hot sauces are not big sellers.) The one thing I have learned in the last 18 or so months is that I still have much to learn, and I realize that now more than ever after putting together this list of the best fruit-flavored hot sauces.

These sauces all came recommended to me by hot sauce lovers, and I tried each one for myself. If you’re curious as to how this worked – I reached out to all of these hot sauce makers, and they graciously sent me a bottle to sample with no guarantee of coverage. For the record, not every bottle that was recommended and sent to me made the cut. I tried several dozen fruit-flavored hot sauces over the course of a few, sweaty, delicious weeks. I’m happy to report there are some really great fruit-flavored hot sauces out there.


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1) SALAMANDER TROPICAL HOT SAUCE
It’s packed with flavor. It has a little kick. And the ingredient list is just plain impressive. (It even includes my old nemesis - the banana.)

The sweet: Pineapple, mango, onion, kiwi, papaya, grapefruit, banana, orange juice

The heat: Habanero, jalapeño

Also recommended: Salamander Strawberry Hot Sauce

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2) BLAZE HOT BLUEBERRY LOVE
Blaze makes some great hot sauces, and while its Mango is rock solid, I think Hot Blueberry Love is the best sauce it’s got.

The sweet: Blueberry

The heat: Habanero

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3) PUCKERBUTT SMOKIN’ ED’S BORN STUPIT
Ridiculously hot but still flavorful. A tough act to pull off.

The sweet: Strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, currant

The heat: Carolina Reaper

Also recommended: Smokin’ Ed’s Pineapple Ginger (another hot one), Payton’s Hot Strawberry, Ben’s Smokin’ Hot Razz Booty, and Puckerbutt Peach Habanero, which contains 16 varieties of habanero


HONORABLE MENTIONS

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PICKAPEPPA SPICY MANGO SAUCE
Props to Pickapeppa for finding a way to make a mango sauce flavorful. The peppers usually kick the mango’s butt. But this is a good one. (One of the ingredients is raisin. I will be stealing that.)

The sweet: Mango

The heat: “Peppers”

Also recommended: Pickapeppa Gingery Mango Sauce

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HIGH RIVER SAUCES ROGUE MORUGA BLOOD ORANGE SCORPION
Just a wonderful combination of flavorful and hot. Check out those nasty peppers below.

The sweet: Pears, apple sauce, blood orange concentrate

The heat: Scorpion, jolokia, red serrano

Also recommended: High River Sauces Tears of the Sun

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BIGFAT’S 608 PINEAPPLE HABANERO
Bigfat needs to make these bottles a little easier to open because what’s inside is so damn delicious.

The sweet: Pineapple juice concentrate

The heat: Habanero

Also recommended: Bigfat’s 708 7 Pot Citrus

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HORSETOOTH HOT SAUCE NAUGHTY #4
Some bottles I gave away to coworkers. Some I kept. This is one I kept.

The sweet: Mango

The heat: Scotch bonnet

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PAUL’S HABA HABA
Haba Haba stood out in so many ways – I wasn’t even sure whether to put it on the list, to be honest. It straight-up tastes like Indian food (contains turmeric, paprika and mustard.) It qualifies because it’s made with mangoes, and it’s so good I think the world ought to know about it, so here you go.

The sweet: Mango

The heat: Habanero

captain-rodney-hot-sauce

CAPTAIN RODNEY’S PRIVATE RESERVE MANGO FIRE
Love the bottle and the taste. I would take Captain Rodney’s to sea.

The sweet: Mango

The heat: Scotch bonnet

bravado-pineapple

BRAVADO PINEAPPLE & HABANERO
Sometimes the flavors in a fruity hot sauce are muted. Not here. The pineapple is strong with this one. (If you read that in a Yoda voice, that’s on you, not me.)

The sweet: Pineapple and bell peppers

The heat: Habanero

Also recommended: Bravado Ghost Pepper and Blueberry

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HEARTBREAKING DAWN’S 1498 APRICOT AND TRINIDAD SCORPION SAUCE
I don’t know what happened in 1498, but I am guessing it involved several fires, which were themselves set on fire and tossed into a larger fire. A powerfully hot and fruity sauce.

The sweet: Apricot, blueberry and carrot

The heat: Trinidad scorpion, red scotch bonnet, orange habanero

Also recommended: Heartbreaking Dawn’s Mango Habanero

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MAUI PEPPER CO. STRAWBERRY MELTDOWN WITH MANGOES
There’s nothing like a good strawberry hot sauce in the summer, and this is a good one.

The sweet: Mango, strawberry

The heat: Habanero

Also recommended: Maui Pepper Co. Smokin’ Mangoes Extra Hot Sauce Chipotle Style

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CAMELTOE CHIPOTLE MANGO
It comes in a tasteless joke bottle (like way too many hot sauces do), but it’s redeemed by its heat, thickness and throw-it-all-in-the-pot ingredient list, which includes Worcestershire, ocean clam juice, diced tomatoes, tomato juice, parmesan cheese and cilantro. The combination works.

The sweet: Mango, carrot

The heat: Habanero, jalapenos, chipotle

UPDATE: It’s been brought to my attention that Cameltoe Chipotle Mango is the exact same hot sauce as Maui Pepper Mangonesian, just sold with different packaging by the same maker. Seems they move more units when they put camel toe on the label. Who knew?

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Lucky Dog Dia del Perro
Tangy and complex – it starts off mild and comes on strong. If you try it, I recommend having a taco on your person.

The sweet: Apple sauce, toasted onion, tomatillos

The heat: Smoked serrano pepper sauce, tepin


Hot sauce makers: Given the sheer number of hot sauces in production today, it would be impossible for me to try all of them. But that doesn’t mean we can’t try. If you make hot sauce – fruit-flavored or otherwise – and you’d like it considered for a Playboy.com review, mail samples to:

Joe Donatelli, Senior Editor
Playboy.com
9346 Civic Center Drive, Suite 200
Beverly Hills, CA, 90210


Joe Donatelli is the Sex & Culture editor and resident pepperhead at Playboy.com. Twitter: @joedonatelli.

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