Amber Love Bond - Contributor - Miami-based food + cocktail writer.
Seen on First We Feast’s Hot Ones and in stores around the world, Marie Sharp’s hot sauce will have you thinking, Frank who? But that’s not what Marie Sharp set out to do when she first began making hot sauce in her kitchen using vegetables and herbs from her garden. In fact, her first habanero pepper crop wasn’t even something she’d planted for herself.
Marie thought about the work she’d put into growing the red habanero peppers and knew she didn’t want any of them to go to waste, so she grabbed her home blender and began infusing her habaneros with fresh vegetables from her farm—mainly celery, papaya, and carrots. Her personal favorite was the carrot mix and she made dozens of bottles of hot sauce to give away to friends and family. Within hours she was being given rave reviews and began to make her unique hot sauce at home as a part time job.
Available in 16 flavors and counting, there are no additives to these hot sauces and they’re made purely with fresh sun-ripened fruits and vegetables grown in Belize soil. The most brand’s bestsellers are the Original Fiery Hot Pepper carrot-based sauce, Green Cactus Habanero Pepper Sauce, and Red Hornet Lava Heat, though newer flavors include Pure Mango Pepper Sauce made with ripe mangoes, Pure Love Pineapple Pepper sauce made of fresh ripe pineapples, Nopal Green Habanero made with the prickly pear, and a Original Garlic Hot with a touch more of garlic—Sharp’s personal favorite.
There’s a magic in the way Sharp is able to fuse the habanero with fresh vegetables or tropical fruits that has the perfect balance between flavor and heat making these sauces a favorite of everyone who tries them. Those who love extreme heat can opt for the spicier ones like the Belizean Heat, No Wimps Allowed and Beware.
What’s next for Marie Sharp’s? The sky's the limit. No longer working from her home kitchen, Marie Sharp’s operates out of a fully mechanized factory with the help of nearly 100 employees. There are plans to create new sauces like a star fruit ginger hot sauce, Dragon fruit pink and spicy, and a ghost garlic super-hot sauce—of course, no sauce is added to the list without Sharp’s final magic touch.
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