Ghost pepper, habanero, jalapeno or bacon-laced — pick your poison.
Whether used on eggs, oysters or chicken wings, hot sauce is becoming a big deal. U.S. sales of the spicy condiment topped $600 million as a category in 2015, according to Euromonitor International data, and nearly $2 billion globally. Hot sauce has registered sufficiently enough on the cultural radar that a serious conglomerate like General Electric launched a limited brand of its own this week — which quickly sold out within hours.
Last week, New York's annual Hot Sauce Expo played host to dozens of budding condiment entrepreneurs, some of whom have won awards and came from as far as New Zealand to peddle their sauces. CNBC took a look around and sampled some of the more interesting flavors — which bore intimidating names like Carolina Reaper, an offering that is considered mild, by the way.
Take a look at the following pictures and see if you're brave enough to try any of them.
— By CNBC's Javier E. David
Posted 30 April 2016