Souvenir Watch: Obama Hot Sauce
A periodic look at Obama tchotchkes to memorialize the big day.
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Item: Barack Obama Inauguration Hot Sauce
Maker: Toodarnhot.com of Owensboro, Ky.
Size: 5 fluid ounces
Heat Rating: It’s a six on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the hottest.
Ingredients: Habanero peppers, vinegar, onions, tomatoes, lemon juice, salt and garlic
Why: “It’s change you can taste,” says Chip Bristow, who runs toodarnhot.com with his uncle, Joe Bristow. The habanero peppers give it a little kick, but not enough to deter an unseasoned hot sauce consumer, he says.
The inauguration hot sauce is a follow-up to the company’s other election-themed sauces. Bristow started distributing Hot for Barack, a milder red chili sauce, about a year ago. As the campaign heated up, other political sauces such as Juan McCain "We Don't Need No Stinkin’ Borders" Hot Sauce and Capital Hillary Hot Sauce followed.
For those who prefer their food hot-sauce-free, this souvenir is more than a condiment -- it’s a collector’s item, Bristow says. “This is a milestone election and these sauces will be something to put on your shelf for the rest of your life. It’s a unique sauce for a unique time,” he says.
Barack Obama Inauguration Hot Sauce can also be purchased at local hotel gift shops including the Grand Hyatt on H Street and the Hilton on Connecticut Avenue.
Inauguration Watch Verdict: Some may find this bottle of politics too darn hot, while others will love to eat it up.
-- By Brittany Levine
Christopher Dean Hopkins
December 26, 2008; 3:55 PM ET
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