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Jan 7, 2007 08:11 PM

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!)

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: TwinklyTerrapin

      Frank's is the ultimate hotsauce! I could put it on everything!

      1. re: starvin

        Franks sauce is to vinerger and in my opinion ketchup with a very little spice.

        now for sauce its Dave insanity sauce, ands he has a lot lot of different ones. last time i saw them it was in the lawerence market.

        but i like hot sauce and not any imitation (i use tabasco as ketchup)

    2. 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 jalapeƱo (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.

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      1. re: embee

        So which supermarkets should I hit to find a chipotle tabasco? Would I be able to find one at Food Basics (most nearest my house) or Price Chopper (2nd most nearest!). I think Loblaws and Dominions would have more variety, right?

        1. re: jennjen18

          A large Dominion might have it. I don't know about Food Basics (Dominion) or Price Chopper (Sobeys). Loblaws doesn't seem to stock it.

          Loblaws and Dominion both seem to carry at least some Dan-T's.

          1. re: jennjen18

            I'm pretty sure that I've seen it at Loblaws whenever I've looked for it...

        2. 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.

          1. My favourite is Cholula, a Mexican hot sauce available at Loblaw's and other supermarkets. It's more balanced and less vinegary than Tabasco.


            1. 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.