Anyone who's ever had some hot Thai peanut sauce knows that the chilis and peanuts can live happily together — as they do in Instant Regret Peanut Butter ($12). This surprisingly spicy spread is made with King Naga chilis, peanuts, oil, and a little Habanero chili extract. How hot is it? Well, it measures 12 million SHU on the Scoville Scale, or way hotter than the ghost chili, and approaching pure capsaicin — which is pretty much the hottest thing on Earth.
You want to talk about Super Smores? Best be making them with some of these Wondermade Bourbon Marshmallows ($8). Soaked in Maker's Mark, these boozy sweets are sure to add a spark of unexpected flavor to whatever treat you put them in. Perfect for
fooling unsuspecting in-laws over the holidays. If the hard liquor isn't your thing, they also offer Guinness, apple cinnamon, cranberry, pear, and pumpkin pie flavors.
Who needs coffee with their pancakes when you can get a jolt of caffeine from the pancakes themselves? Wired Wyatt's Caffeinated Maple Syrup ($13) makes that dream possible. Packing as much caffeine as an energy drink in every tablespoon-sized serving, it's also all-natural, good for use on waffles, pancakes, and other breakfasty foods, and we hear it tastes pretty good, too.
Perhaps it's not all that surprising that candy isn't exactly the healthiest thing for us, but what is surprising is just how much garbage goes into our favorite sweet treats. Unreal Candy ($1) aims to replace our beloved M&M's, Milky Ways, Snickers', and even Reese's Cups with more healthful, natural, and sustainably produced alternatives that lack the nasty corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, GMOs, and artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives of their brand-name counterparts while reducing the sugar content by an average of over 40%. Arriving in a store near you just in time for Halloween.
Oh hell yes. From the diabolical mind of The Oatmeal and the bacon-scented labs of J&D's comes the perfect snack for Rooster-fixated fans everywhere. Sriracha Popcorn ($6) is inspired by the legendary sauce, containing bold flavors of red chilies, garlic, sugar, and just a bit of vinegar. Order a bunch — one bag won't last you long.
With a name like that, you'd expect it to kick some ass — and you'd be correct. Honey Badger BBQ Sauce ($10-$125) combines the sweetness of honey with the mighty kick of habanero for a sauce that provides a nearly perfect balance between the two. Available in regular Cobra Strength or limited edition Triple Cobra Strength, it's the perfect thing to spread on your burgers, ribs, chicken, and yes, even venomous serpents.
If you happen to live far away from the conveniences of a large city, odds are you have a hellish time trying to find certain meats. Rare Cuts ($9) is here to help. This purveyor of all natural, always fresh meat offers an assortment of cuts of regular beef, Australia Wagyu, pork — including bacon — lamb, veal, chicken, quail, duck, and a variety of sausages — including alligator — that are shipped to you overnight so you can ensure that your next meal will be as tasty as possible. Taking a number not required.
Pop quiz: how do you cook your food in bacon without actually cooking bacon? Cook it in Bacon Olive Oil ($15), of course. Okay, so it's not really bacon — it's vegan, and therefore simply bacon-flavored — but it is perfect for adding a bit of smokey depth to fried or sautéd foods, or for dunking sandwiches or fine artisan breads. Especially if the sandwich already has bacon on it (yum). [Scouted by James]
We love us some Dale's, so of course we're jazzed to spice up our next meal with some Dale's Pale Ale Hot Sauce ($7). This chipotle-based sauce is infused with the hoppy deliciousness of Dale's Pale Ale, giving the already smoky flavor some added kick. If it's anything like the beer, use with caution, lest you end up eating every last bite of anything you sprinkle it on.
If it sounds weird, that's because it is. Salt Made From Tears (£7-£30; roughly $11-$47) are a collection of salts supposedly made with fresh human tears — tears produced by Anger, Chopping Onions, Sneezing, Laughter, and Sorrow, specifically — that are gently boiled, released into crystallization tanks, harvested, and rinsed in brine. Available in individual containers or as a full set. [Scouted by Richard]
Bourbon meets bacon in this curious condiment. Jim Beam Bacon Mustard ($19/6-pack) is made using Jim Beam, adding a subtle bourbon flavor to the mustard, which mixes perfectly with the smokey, delicious bacon flavor. Warning: placing this on a beer-cooked brat might cause the universe to implode from boozy, meaty awesomeness, so use with caution. [Scouted by Ryan]
Chocolates mixed with booze? Sign us up. The aptly-named (for our purposes anyway) Twice The Vice Spirited Chocolates ($26-$44) mix fine Callebaut chocolate from Belgium with as much top shelf liquor as can legally be packed into them — so much, in fact, that they're banned in 32 states, which makes the thought of The Macallan, Knob Creek, or El Diamante Reposado-infused treats all the more enticing.