Hot Ones:The Classic’ Hot Sauce Review

We’ve all watched the Youtube series Hot Ones and their daring videos of celebrities and rappers ingesting eye-watering hot sauce. But what you might not be aware of is the fact that they manufacture their own brand of classic hot sauce.

This hot sauce has been described as a starting hot sauce for various guests, with many tasters describing it as the easiest of the sauces to handle - although that might be after they have tried more punishing hot sauces later down the line.

Now you might be tempted to sample this delicious hot sauce, but the uninitiated are probably experiencing some apprehension. How hot is it exactly? Will you be able to handle it? What food will it pair nicely with? Where can you find it?

Well, for those of you who are thinking about picking up a dose of this Hot Ones The Classic but want to read a review first, then we’ve got just the article for you. Keep reading, as we’ll discuss all the good and bad points about this Classic hot sauce.

So what are you waiting for? Get yourself a bib and have a delve into The Classic hot sauce!

What Is the Hot Ones Classic Hot sauce?

This hot sauce was cooked up in the Hot Ones lab as a starter sauce that they could use to warm up their guests for even hotter sauces down the line. This is definitely one for people who don’t like it when things get too spicy. Here is a quick rundown of this sauce and what you can expect from your first tasting:

How hot is it? - very low, not very hot at all!

Flavor - it has a very sweet taste, making it a great companion for meat and vegetable dishes.

Value - this sauce is moderately priced, but it is specially made by the Hot Ones technicians and bespoke sauces will often cost that bit extra.

Overall rating - ⅘ this is a pretty good sauce to start with, especially if you are a bit squeamish when it comes to hot things.

Does It Have The Wow Factor?

Getting away from the hype generated by the Hot Ones team itself, this is actually a pretty good sauce overall. It has enough flavor that is not counteracted by too much heat. Even the mildest tongue will probably be able to handle this sauce. It goes particularly well with chicken wings.

Here’s a quick rundown of what we liked and didn’t like about this sauce:


  • This is a nice and distinctive flavor, with a touch of sweetness that will make it pair well with meats like pork and chicken.
  • This has a garlic aftertaste that will really give this one an interesting flavor palette.
  • This has a very moderate heat level, so it is the perfect starter hot sauce for anyone who might not be used to this sort of thing.
  • This is a great hot sauce for pizza, chicken wings and tacos.


  • The price - it is slightly too expensive for the weak punch that it delivers. It definitely won’t be one for spice lovers who like a hot sauce that destroys their taste buds.
  • The bottle size - a lot of people have complained that you don’t get much in a bottle.

Overall, we would definitely rate this hot sauce very highly and it is ideal for a lot of breakfast dishes. If you like a bit of spice with your eggs and bacon, then we would definitely recommend that you pick up a bottle of this hot sauce.

Hot Ones 'The Classic' Hot Sauce Buying Guide

How Hot Is The Classic Hot Sauce?

The Classic is not spicy at all, with most people recommending it as a place for hot sauce newbies to start. This has a Scoville rating of around 1,800 Shus, which puts it at around the spice level of your average jalapeno.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that this hot sauce is made from fresh ingredients, so the heat levels will vary from bottle to bottle. This guaranteed freshness will also ensure that it packs plenty of flavors.

Where Can You Buy The Classic?

We would recommend The Heatonist for all your hot sauce needs. They stock Hot Ones The Classic for around $10 per bottle. This might be slightly expensive, but that includes postage and packaging. You might want to just buy one bottle to start with, as there is no guarantee that you will like it.

What Is The Texture Like?

Well, because this is made from fresh ingredients, the sauce is a little on the thin side. It also comes with peppers, seeds and garlic mixed in that give it that extra crunch when you bite into it.

However, these bottles come with a dasher top that will allow you to control the flow of this sauce from your bottle onto your pizza or breakfast. This is great if you are slightly nervous about lashing this onto your breakfast or pizza, especially if you are new to the concept of hot sauce.

Our Final Say

We would definitely recommend everyone try Hot Ones The Classic hot sauce at least once. The price tag is slightly expensive, and it might not satisfy spice enthusiasts that much. But if you want a hot sauce that appeals to a lot of people at a barbeque, then we would recommend that you pick up a bottle.

Remember that the spice levels on each bottle of hot sauce vary greatly. We would recommend that you cook this one into your chicken wings, as this will diminish the level of the spice and really bring out the sweet and garlic notes.