From upstate New York comes this cool article from the PostStar (out of Glens Falls, NY) about one woman’s trip to her local hot sauce shop. From what she had to say, it sounds like she got quite an education in the world of hot sauce and spicy fare. Here’s an excerpt:
SOME LIKE IT HOT: New spices, hot sauces growing in popularity
By AMANDA BENSEN
SARATOGA SPRINGS — There’s hot, and then there’s “I want to run down to Congress Park and French kiss Spit and Spat” hot.
“I fully understand that these products can cause serious injury if directly consumed, ingested and/or applied to the skin, eyes, or any other bodily organs.”
That sentence is typed in bold on the one-page disclaimer that customers must sign before purchasing the hottest of hot sauces from Saratoga Salsa & Spice Company, formerly Hot Stuff of Saratoga.
With names like Satan’s Blood, Dave’s Insanity, Liquid Lava, Acid Rain, and some other things we can’t print here, the shelves of super-hot sauces toward the back of the store are clearly dangerous territory.
“When people come in and they look at this stuff … I say, no, no, start over here. Start with half as hot, and build yourself up,” said Pat Iorio, a longtime store employee. “If they want to try something really hot, we put it on a toothpick, not a chip.”
Water and alcohol won’t help soothe flaming tongues, he said, but dairy products will. He’s gotten good at giving directions to the Ben & Jerry’s a few blocks away.