Dave’s Temporary Insanity Hot Sauce Review

The Dave’s Temporary Insanity bottle features a smiling red hot pepper, basking in the blazing sun, shades on and a drink by his side. The ingredient list reveals that both “hot peppers” and “hot pepper extract” are ready to spice things up. A warning advises the use of “one drop at a time” — always good advice where anything containing the word “insanity” is concerned. Other warnings include “Keep away from eyes, pets and children” and “Not for people with heart/respiratory problems.” The slogan “Temporary Pain, Lingering Pleasure” peaks my curiosity.

I open the bottle and inhale the mouthwatering aroma of smoky, sweet tomatoes. The sauce has a medium thickness and a color like tomato sauce, but slightly darker. Ignoring the “one drop at a time” warning, I put a few drops in my New England clam chowder.

This stuff has a definite kick! Recovery time: about a minute. You will still feel heat after that, but that’s when it begins to taper off. Behind the heat are the flavors of tomato, garlic, vinegar, and a touch of sweetness with an underlying taste of basil. Yum!

Dave’s Temporary Insanity is a delicious hot sauce. While there is no question that it is very hot, I would not describe it as “insanely hot.” This would be just the thing to give a big kick and a little sweetness to a wide variety of dishes. A few that come to mind include chili, wings, tacos, bratwurst, hamburgers, beans, and, of course, New England clam chowder. While all of the aforementioned dishes could easily be taken to the next level with some of this sauce, I am most excited to try Dave’s Temporary Insanity on oysters! Something about this combination of spicy hot sweetness tells me that it would be perfect on them.

I’m brought back to that slogan on the bottle. “Temporary Pain, Lingering Pleasure” is a great way to describe this sauce. For those who like a lot of heat with their spiciness, Dave’s Temporary Insanity is the way to go. The delicious sweet, slightly herby flavor is well worth the pain, and its versatility makes it an excellent go-to “hot” hot sauce. However, those who like their dishes so hot that they can’t taste anything for the rest of the day may want to keep looking. The main focus of this sauce, while unquestionably very hot, is flavor.

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