The 10th Annual Hot Pepper Awards
Deadline passed! Good luck to all participants. Ship by Nov 10!
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We will keep you up to date on this page.
PHASE (current in red)
Receiving and logging
Judging (last year was announced on Feb 1, we are working with a similar date, will update soon)
Announcement (date tbd)
The Hot Peppers Awards is highly regarded as the fiery foods competition that recognizes superior quality products. Many manufacturers have reported an increase in sales and website traffic once their product carries the seal of The Hot Pepper Awards. Consumers know, from our past awards, that we only award the best, and we have gained the respect of the chilihead community with our efforts. Our categories are focused, and we only judge products against similar products and/or those with similar heat levels, superhots, etc. We believe our rigorous standards are the best in the Industry.
We've done it! 10 great years and counting!
For the 10th Annual we've made some great changes! Last year we honed the hot sauce categories into 15 specific categories that effectively cover the spectrum of the many different types of sauces in the world. It was a great success and we have not changed hot sauce categories.
We've trimmed the fat!
We've taken that knowledge and applied it to the other categories and streamlined them into Condiment. So BBQ, Salsa, Wing, and Dry Spice are now categories under Condiment as a parent, as well as all of the other condiments, per usual. Not only does this let the best shine, it also affords manufacturers the ability to enter categories that were not available to them before. For example, a jerk sauce may be a Wing and a BBQ sauce, and now you can choose both under Condiment. It's win-win!
Hot Sauce: 15 highly focused categories
Condiment: 15 highly focused categories
Open Class: Open to anything spicy
The Hot Pepper Award
Best Overall award for each parent category
Best in heat class for Hot Sauce, Condiment
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards per category
Select food enthusiasts will award products based on food pairings. No fee, included with category entry.
Industry-focused awards. No fee, included with category entry.
All Winners Receive
-A custom certificate with THPA branding and your product name
-Award-Winning web graphics
-Award-Winning print quality graphics
-Press release inclusion
-Vigorous social media promotion
-Some winners will be included in special contests on thehotpepper forum
-Certain promotion will continue throughout the new year
-Your product must have heat; any heat level, from mild to extreme. We do not judge 0 heat products. You can enter different heat levels of the same product if they exist as is the case for some salsas etc., but if choosing one, we recommend the "chilihead friendly" product.
-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). 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.
-The product entered must be your (company's) creation and one-of-a-kind. Do not send private-label products that are commercially available for anyone to put their label on.
-You must send two (and only two) commercial size products for each product entered no matter how many categories you enter. Commercial size means the size you sell, not samplers.
Final Deadline - PASSED
All entrants must ship by Nov 10.
Extreme Biz members receive 25% off of main category entry fees. Visit the Store for more info on membership.
Once you have entered and paid Shipping
Once you have entered and paid click here for shipping instructions.
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.