Hot Sauce Challenge

My amazing co-worker came up with this idea and I immediately stole it. I will admit that it flopped at both branches, although, my co-worker is going to give it another chance this fall. We’re hoping it was just bad timing, especially since I was able to revive it at our local Boys and Girls Club where it was a big hit. 

Supplies Needed

  • Hot Sauce (we found a gift set at Target)
  • Chips
  • Plates
  • Score card

I prepped the bottles to be a blind  taste test by wrapping index cards around them and numbering them. I did give the teens an option to not do it that way, but they all preferred the mystery.  I had a small group, so I was able to pass out the hot sauce one by one. If you have a larger group, you may need to prep a bit before hand. 

Each teen was given a score card. Using 1-10 they rated each hot sauce based on taste and hotness. On the back I did include the Scoville scale, but we didn’t spend a whole lot of time on it. In a typical library setting, you could probably do proper presentation/talk about it.


After the teens were done, I revealed all the different flavors and where they were supposed to be on hotness. It was fun to hear the teens discuss which flavors they liked the best. Also, if I did this again, I may go out and buy a few of the hotter sauces as all the teens complained that none of them were hot! If taste test event work well at your library, I truly believe this would be an awesome one to try out.


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