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The Hot Pepper Awards 2013


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Now in its 7th year, 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 like products and/or those with similar heat levels. We believe our rigorous standards are the best in the Industry.


We accept any commercial spicy condiment, food*, or beverage product. You will be able to select the exact sub-category of your product in the drop-down menu when you submit. You may enter the same product into multiple categories. We reserve the right to recategorize.
*Perishables, please contact us to coordinate shipping for proper refrigeration. Please note, we do not accept produce, as in hot pepper pods, for judging.


Category Awards
The Hot Pepper Award is the overall top category award for the major categories. There are also 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for the sub-categories within.

Industry Awards - No Fee
Awards for best product line (entered), best artwork/design, innovation, and the best newcomer to the business. There is no fee to be considered for an Industry Award, it is a bonus category when entering your products into categories.

NEW: Foodie Awards - No Fee
Select food enthusiasts will award products based on food pairings. An example would be Best on a Burger, Best on Brisket, etc. Entrants will be asked for the ONE food the product is best on/with and the categories will be selected and judged from a polling of those answers. There is no fee to be considered for a Foodie Award, it is a bonus category when entering your products into categories.

1. Your product must have heat; any heat level, from mild (.5) to extreme (10+). The heat is usually from chili peppers but can also be from spices, horseradish, wasabi, or other heat providing ingredient. 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.

Deadlines and Fees:

Final Deadline, enter by 10/1 ship within 1st week of October NOW CLOSED - late courtesy only available by contact a few days after entry deadline and MUST SHIP express overnight.

Ship 2 commercial size products per entry, 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.

Previous Winners:

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

Questions? Contact Us

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2013 Overall Winners!

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

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