Some of us probably should have stuck with ketchup.
Hot sauces have been gaining in popularity in recent years, so we decided to sample some Minnesota-made sauces to see if the rumors about ketchup being spicy are true.
- Richfield-based Hell Raising Green Fever.
- Minneapolis-based Cry Baby Craig's Pickled Habanero and Garlic Sauce.
- Minneapolis-based Sauce Science special-edition Combover Fire.
- St. Paul-based Isabelle Street Heat Ghost Pepper.
Watch the video above to see how it went.
Hot sauce popularity
More than half of all American households have at least one bottle of the stuff in their kitchen, NPD said, while Euromoniter reported in 2015 that spicy chili sauce sales are growing at a rate that's nearly twice as fast as packaged food.
Why is hot sauce so popular? Well, the burning sensation on your tongue when you eat something spicy sends a message to your brain that your tongue is literally burning, Helix explained. To fight off that burning pain, your body releases endorphins��– and if Legally Blonde taught us anything, it's that endorphins make you happy.
Hot sauce also has some other health benefits. You can read more about them in this story by the Huffington Post.