Dave’s Insanity hot sauce is no doubt a HOT sauce! I made the mistake of pouring about a tablespoon onto one bite of my burrito when trying this out for the first time. And…my mouth felt like it was sent to hell to burn forever. It took about 20 minutes for it to cool down. It’s obviously hot, which we will talk about more below, but how well does Dave’s Insanity Sauce’s flavor, usability, and collectibility set it further apart from the pack? Let’s see!
Dave’s Insanity Sauce vs. Da Bomb: Which is hotter?
Dave’s Insanity Sauce is hotter than Da Bomb. Dave’s is rated 180,000 on the Scoville scale, while Da Bomb is rated 135,600. Insanity is made directly from capsaicin extract, while Da Bomb is made from habaneros and chipotle peppers and is flavored with orange juice.
Dave’s Insanity is the only sauce that has been banned from the Fiery Foods Show for being too hot.
Talk about an insane heat level. To know what makes both sauces hot and Insanity hotter, let’s check out what they’re made of.
Dave’s Insanity has the following ingredients:
It’s got a good blend of tomato freshness, but its effect is mild.
Capsaicin, the hot pepper extract, is what makes it hotter than Da Bomb, which is essentially habanero based. Capsaicin is what gives it that “lethal” touch of pungency.
The following are Da Bomb Beyond Insanity’s ingredients:
Natural pepper extract is used to crank up its Scoville rating. So, if you like hot heat sauces, you know what to go for.
Dave’s Hot Sauce is one of the first sauces that comes to mind when one thinks of delicious cooking, and yet, it also removes driveway grease stains.
The Scoville Scale is a measurement of a foods spiciness by gauging how much capsaicin it contains along with its sugar-to-water content ratio. HotSauce.com places Daves Gourmet Insanity Sauce somewhere 250,000-1,000,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). For reference, Tabasco has an SHU between 30,000-50,000, per PepperheadsForLife. Scared yet? Or do you feel challenged to try it out? If the spicy thrill piques your interest instead of pushes you away, you arent alone.
If your tastebuds and curiosity are piqued, look no further. Spice savants can get their hands on a 5 ounce bottle of Daves Gourmet Insanity Hot Sauce and its numerous variations for less than $10 a pop on the brands website. For even more fun, thrill-seekers can purchase Daves Gourmet Insanity Hot Sauce via HotSauce.com (tagline: “We Are Hot Sauce”), which sells the stuff by the gallon. For just $140 plus shipping, 128 fluid ounces of liquid fire can be all yours.
10 years ago, Hirschkop hopped on Reddit for an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”), in which users leave questions and comments for the original poster and the poster responds to them. In his self-introduction, Hirschkop professes to be the first person to start the “superhot” hot sauce trend, and there might be some truth to the claim: his Insanity sauces slogan is literally, “Original Hottest Sauce in the Universe.”
Before forming Daves Gourmet at his old restaurant, Burrito Madness, Hirschkop began developing progressively hotter hot sauces to test out on the restaurants unruly patrons as a pet project. The sauce was intended as a punishment of sorts because Hirschkops creation was so debilitatingly spicy that it successfully achieved its purpose of disciplining visitors who reached a problematic-level of rowdiness. However, in a strange twist of fate a la Olivia Newton John, the Burrito Madness customers were into both the excruciating heat as well as the flavor, and kept coming back for a taste. Now, customers of Daves Gourmet are doing the same.
Most of the ensuing customer stories include themes of accidental over-indulgence and subsequent violent indigestion, vomiting, crying, screaming, panic, public humiliation, embarrassment in front of friends, and even shoveling snow from the ground into their mouth. One Reddit user stated that the experience of eating Daves Insanity Sauce “involves fighting back the End of Days and the Four Horsemen along with it.” And the best part is: people cant get enough.
Daves Ultimate Insanity Hot Sauce is even hotter than the legendary original Daves Insanity Sauce, which is about 180,000 Scoville Units. Daves Ultimate Insanity takes the heat level up to 250,000 SHU, made with Red Habanero Peppers, hot pepper extract, and red chiles. This hot sauce also took first place for Hottest Chili Product at the Perth Chili Festival in 2006, so use at your own risk.
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Ingredients: Red habaneros, hot pepper extract, red chiles, tomato paste, salt, onions, cane vinegar, acetic acid, garlic, vegetable oil, xanthan gum, citric acid.
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