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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?

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    Incorrect
    Green
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Orange
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Blue
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    So fresh and so green. Accept no substitutes.

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

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    Incorrect
    Seven
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Eight
    Correct
    Incorrect
    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?

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    Incorrect
    Dragon
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Lion
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Rooster
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Thus the affectionate nickname "rooster sauce."

  4. 4. Where is Sriracha produced?

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    Incorrect
    Thailand
    Correct
    Incorrect
    California
    Correct
    Incorrect
    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.?

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    Incorrect
    1983
    Correct
    Incorrect
    1968
    Correct
    Incorrect
    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?

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    Incorrect
    Habaneros
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Jalapenos
    Correct
    Incorrect
    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 (!)

    Correct
    Incorrect
    4,200
    Correct
    Incorrect
    1,800
    Correct
    Incorrect
    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?

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    Incorrect
    20 million
    Correct
    Incorrect
    60 million
    Correct
    Incorrect
    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?

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    Incorrect
    Portuguese
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Chinese
    Correct
    Incorrect
    French
    Correct!
    Wrong!

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

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

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    Incorrect
    "rooster sauce"
    Correct
    Incorrect
    "little fire"
    Correct
    Incorrect
    "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?

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    Incorrect
    Sriracha
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Gasoline
    Correct
    Incorrect
    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?

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    Incorrect
    Dragon
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Lion
    Correct
    Incorrect
    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?

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    Incorrect
    15
    Correct
    Incorrect
    5
    Correct
    Incorrect
    18
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Go ahead, consume vast quantities without guilt.

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

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    Incorrect
    $2 million
    Correct
    Incorrect
    $0
    Correct
    Incorrect
    $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.

Run free, my child, and spread the sweet, spicy gospel of truth.
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