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The Hot Pepper Awards 2014

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Now in its 8th 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.


Additional categories per entry are only $10!


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

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.


Winners of The Hot Pepper Award (Overall) will receive free advertising on thehotpepper.com; a 180x150 pixel ad in our Winners box, as seen on the right. The site receives thousands of hits per day, and is the most popular chilihead forum on the Internet. The ads will remain live until they are replaced with the following year's winners. Overall winners also receive vigorous promotion that includes co-promotion forum contests, etc.

All winners will receive a custom certificate with seal.

All winners receive website and print quality award graphics.

All winners will be announced on thehotpepper.com, the most popular chilihead community on the Internet, and each listing will include a link to the winner's website. We also submit press releases to news sites and blogs. Winners have received feature stories in newspapers, etc., and have reported increased sales due to the exposure from THPA.

We are also very active on social media, and constantly promote winners, as well as hold contests throughout the year in conjunction with winners.


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.

Deadlines and Fees:

Regular Deadline: Enter online by 10/30/14 - $50 per entry
Final Deadline: Enter online by 11/15/14 - $60 per entry
All deadlines are "enter by/pay by" deadlines.
Please ship by Monday 11/17.
International, please ship by 11/8, otherwise use EXPRESS.
Extreme Biz members receive 25% off! INFO

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 - Previous entrants, 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