hot sauce in toronto supermarkets
To all hot/chili sauce lovers, which brand do you buy? I'm not quite looking for the special kinds found at Kensington or St. Lawrence, but I'm willing to go beyond Tabasco (I think its too vinegary), so at a local supermarket chain... which hot sauce should I get? Is Frank's any good? (I just ran out of hot sauce from Mexico, a friend had bought for me since last year!)
I like Frank's myself--not too hot, rather tart--but if you find Tabasco too vinegary you might not like Frank's as it's even more so. I also really like the chipotle Tabasco and use that far more than the regular Tabasco. If you want more hot than vinegar, I think Tabasco also makes a habanero sauce--you could try that.
Unfortunately, those "special kinds" are often the best...
Franks has a fruitier flavour than Tabasco and is significantly less hot. I like it, but it is definitely vinegary. Mixed with butter, it seems to make the best tasting Buffalo style wings for my palate.
Tabasco now makes additional flavours that are quite different from the original. I enjoy all of them more than the original Tabasco. There is a jalapeño (green) version (less hot but also vinegary), a garlic version (my fave, but hard to find), and a chipotle version (not at Loblaws). They also have a new habanero version, which I haven't tried.
You might enjoy Dan-T's. There are several flavours and these are far more sophisticated than Tabasco or Franks. Fairly widely available.
Of the harder to find ones, I enjoy Mados and MaePloy.
I would suggest making the journey to St Lawrence - there's a hot sauce stand in the basement that will be able to fulfill your every (hot sauce) desire. It might be a bit of a journey, but it's worth it.
I suggest you go to Taste on the danforth at chester station. They have a HUGE selection of hot sauces (well, any sauce, oil , vinegar etc for that matter) and you can test and taste anything before buying! Its an addictive little shop, I find myself in there wayy too often adding to my salad zest collection.