Kitchn Love Letters

I Love This Hot Sauce with a Burning Passion — And Amazon Shoppers Do Too

published Feb 25, 2021
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A few months ago, my best friend gifted me a pocket-sized Mini-Truff hot sauce for the holidays. For a year without many bright spots, this little condiment was just the bit of joy I needed to warm my tired soul (and turn up the heat on my scrambled eggs).

This 1.5-ounce bottle was my first foray into the world of Truff. Of course, I’d heard of the widely beloved truffle-infused hot sauce (which was one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things” in 2019), but I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t taste it until 2021 technically.

Now that my confession is out of the way, I can confidently say I’m aboard the Truff Train. It’s more sweet than spicy, thanks to the addition of agave nectar, so if hot, hot heat is what you’re after, then look elsewhere. As far as ingredients go, it’s made with red chili peppers infused with black truffle oil, organic agave nectar, and cumin, the combination of which results in sweet, smoky, truffle-y perfection. My favorite application for Truff is of the breakfast variety, but it’s also great on french fries, burgers, wings, deviled eggs — the sky is the limit, really.

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In addition to tasting really great, the packaging is unmatched. Even the mini version comes in a super sturdy, almost-luxe glass bottle, with a glossy geometric cap. It’s so pretty you’ll wish you could leave it out on the counter just to look at. (You can’t, though; it needs to be refrigerated upon opening.)

After blowing through 1.5 ounces, I made my way online for a full-sized, 6-ounce bottle — as one does. (You can get it from Truff directly, or on Amazon for the same price.)

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Buy: Truff Hot Sauce, $17.98 for 6 ounces

If you’re now wondering who spends $17.98 for 6 ounces of hot sauce, the answer is … a lot of people. Turns out, Truff is the #1 best-selling hot sauce on all of Amazon, and it has more than 12,000 customer ratings (most of which are five-star reviews). Speaking of, here’s one of them:

“I purchased this because it was Oprah’s Favorite Things. As a truffle and Sriracha lover, this is what you get when truffle and Sriracha have a baby … but 10x better.”

And another:

“I’ve been collecting hot sauces for about 25 years now, and also occasionally making my own. There are at least 30 bottles of sauce in my fridge right now. So I can say this with some authority: Truff is hot but really well-balanced, with delicious earthy and buttery undertones that stay with you and make you happy … I have no idea where Truff came from, but wherever it is, I want to live there.”

As it turns out, I’m in pretty good company, huh?

Have you ever tried Truff?