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The Hot Pepper Awards 2014

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1. Your product must have heat; any heat level, from mild to extreme. The heat is usually from chili peppers but can also be from other known heat sources such as horseradish. We do not judge 0 heat products.
2. No amateur entries. All entries must be commercially made (commercial kitchen, co-packer, mass-production) or you must be in accordance with your local requirements for production, with labels and tamper-free packaging (preferred), and be available for sale somewhere on the Internet*, even if it's only your own website. If amateur entries or entries that appear unsafe for consumption are received they will be discarded and no refund will be given, so do not try to bend this rule.
*If your product is not for sale on the Internet yet, you may still submit it, but you must have other products under that name brand for sale on the Internet, or a website that states where your products can be purchased.
3. The product entered must be your creation and one-of-a-kind. Do not send private-label products.
4. You must send two commercial size products for each entry. Commercial size means the size you sell, not samplers.


YES you may enter a product that has been entered before, winning or losing.
YES you may enter more than one category per product, simply select from the additional categories menu when you enter. If it also falls into a different top category, simply select a new top category.
YES you can enter ANYTHING spicy. If you don't see a category, choose Open Class.
YES we will coordinate deliveries for perishables.

If you are seeing this page the deadline has not passed!

Deadlines and Fees:

Final Deadline: TODAY
All deadlines are "enter by/pay by" deadlines.
Please ship by Monday 11/17.
International, please ship airmail by 11/13, otherwise use EXPRESS/PRIORITY (3-7 day service) and ship by 11/17.
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If you entered online and paid for your entries:
Ship 2 commercial size products per product entered (no matter how many categories, we only need two), and (important) format your label as follows:

Your company and address
Your thehotpepper.com username

The Hot Pepper Awards
c/o Dish Food & Events
543 Clinton St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231

No paperwork needed! We will print your submission from your username.

Notification of award status is December 2014.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE verify your shipping address (for awards) is correct HERE.

Previous Winners:

2013 Winners
2012 Winners
2011 Winners
2010 Winners
2009 Winners
2008 Winners
2007 Winners

Questions? Contact Us

The Hot Pepper Awards is
Proudly Sponsored by:

Dish Food & Events

Terms and Conditions: No refunds. All payments final. If you pay and fail to send the products on time or at all (or we do not receive the products for any reason) there are no refunds. If you send products that are not safe to judge or are not enterable for any reason there are no refunds. We reserve the right to disqualify any product for any reason using our best judgement regarding the rules and food safety.

Agreement: I am either the owner of the product, or am acting on behalf of the owner with permission to enter. To the best of my knowledge all information is correct. I attest that this product was produced in accordance with safe canning, bottling, and sealing procedures and meets or exceeds legal requirements for food processing. I attest this product is in accordance with the requirements set forth by The Hot Pepper Awards, and that I will be held liable for any unsafe products entered. I agree that my name brands and images may be used in conjunction with The Hot Pepper Awards and thehotpepper.com and its partners for the purposes of marketing and advertising.

2013 Overall Winners!

Please visit the sites of the Overall Winners below... these are the BEST 7 Products of 2013!

Hot Sauce

Wing Sauce


BBQ Sauce

Dry Spice


Open Class