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How Much Do You Know About Sriracha?

Find out if you're truly an expert on the King of Condiments.

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So you put Sriracha on everything you eat, huh? Big whoop, buster. Join the club. Here's the real test of loyalty: Does your saucepertise extend beyond practical application? Do you understand where Sriracha's coming from, and where it's going, and what lies deep in its soul? Now is the Moment of Truth.

Please note: There are more versions of the sauce around now than you can shake a stick at, but all the questions here refer to the original version of (American-style) Sriracha made by Huy Fong Inc.

  1. 1. What color is the cap on a Sriracha bottle?

    Green
    Orange
    Blue
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    So fresh and so green. Accept no substitutes.

  2. 2. How many ingredients are used to make it?

    Seven
    Eight
    Five
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The five main ingredients are chiles, vinegar, sugar, salt, and garlic. The bottle also lists potassium sorbate and sodium bisulfite (preservatives), and xanthan gum (an emulsifier).

  3. 3. What kind of animal is on the front of the bottle?

    Dragon
    Lion
    Rooster
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Thus the affectionate nickname "rooster sauce."

  4. 4. Where is Sriracha produced?

    Thailand
    Thailand
    California
    California
    Vietnam
    Vietnam
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Huy Fong founder David Tran was born in Vietnam and first started experimenting with hot sauces there, but emigrated to the United States and started his business in Rosemead, CA.

  5. 5. What year was Sriracha first distributed in the U.S.?

    1983
    1968
    1991
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Huy Fong was founded in 1980 and started selling the Sriracha we know and love a few years later.

  6. 6. What kind of chile pepper is it made with?

    Habaneros
    Habaneros
    Jalapenos
    Jalapenos
    Thai chiles
    Thai chiles
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The sauce is made with red jalapenos grown nearby in California. They're mainly harvested in September and October and are processed less than a day after picking.

  7. 7. What's the Scoville heat rating of the sauce?

    For comparison, Frank's hot sauce clocks in at 450 Scoville units and Dave's Insanity sauce at 180,000 (!)

    For comparison, Frank's hot sauce clocks in at 450 Scoville units and Dave's Insanity sauce at 180,000 (!)

    4,200
    1,800
    2,200
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    In the words of saucemaster David Tran: "Hot sauce must be hot. If you don't like it hot, use less. We don't make mayonnaise here."

  8. 8. How many bottles of sriracha were produced in 2012?

    20 million
    60 million
    25 million
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That's enough to fill about five Olympic-size swimming pools.

  9. 9. Which is NOT one of the languages printed on the bottle?

    Portuguese
    Chinese
    French
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The ingredients are written in Vietnamese, Chinese, English, French, Spanish.

  10. 10. What does the word "Sriracha" mean?

    "rooster sauce"
    "little fire"
    "the glory of our king"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The sauce is named after the town Sriracha in Thailand, and this is a rough translation of the Thai word (sri = glory, and racha = king). You can read more about it here.

  11. 11. Which is the most expensive per gallon?

    Sriracha
    Sriracha
    Gasoline
    Gasoline
    Beer
    Beer
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That sauce don't come cheap at about $21/gallon. Based on average U.S. prices 2009-2012, beer is around $10/gallon and gasoline around $3.60.

  12. 12. Which animal appears on the bottle of a knockoff competitor?

    Dragon
    Lion
    Unicorn
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Unicorns ARE pretty awesome, but this stuff won't taste as good. Here's how to spot impostor sauces in the wild.

  13. 13. How many calories are there in a 1-teaspoon serving of Sriracha?

    15
    5
    18
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Go ahead, consume vast quantities without guilt.

  14. 14. How much does Huy Fong spend on Sriracha advertising every year?

    $2 million
    $0
    $3.5 million
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The company has never advertised, preferring to let the sauce's legend spread by word of mouth. Seems to be working.

How Much Do You Know About Sriracha?

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You are early yet on the path to wisdom, but there is still time. Go forth and seek condiment knowledge!

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You know your way around a 'racha bottle, but there's always more to learn.

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You sure know your stuff! Mr. Tran would be proud. Pass go, collect 200 bottles of sriracha.

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