I started Dairy-Free State in 2013 after being fed up with dairy-free products that didn’t taste good. I wanted to share my thoughts on products I didn’t think were worth the money, and also praise the items I bought again and again. When I find something I like, I become a loyal customer for years. I especially enjoy it when I can buy something locally and share my love for it with anyone who will listen.
That’s definitely my relationship with Sourced in Nature Foods (or SIN Foods), a Wisconsin-native company that makes the best hot sauce I’ve ever had.
The first time I ran into SIN Foods was at the Milwaukee Winter Farmers’ Market at the Mitchell Park Domes (the market is now at the Deer District and I can’t wait to go back someday, hopefully soon). I feel like we all have our rituals at farmers’ markets – at least, I do. When I would attend the market at the Domes, I had a pretty predictable pattern: Pick up coffee at Valentine, get some potatoes from Butter Mountain, pick up that amazing pasta that only takes a few minutes to cook, get some sourdough bread, sample every goat cheese I could get my hands on, you know the drill.
One day when I was making the rounds, I noticed a new booth with really well-designed packaging and two friendly people on the other side of the table. They told me that their candied jalapeno hot sauce could work on just about anything – eggs, chips, salads, whatever. I sampled it on a tortilla chip and it wasn’t like any other hot sauce I had ever tasted – spicy but sweet, not too overpowering, and I could definitely see how it would pair well with lots of foods. I brought it home, not knowing it would be the start of a long relationship.
It’s been so cool to see where SIN Foods has gone over the years. They offer several different maple syrups, maple cream, delicious BBQ sauces, dried mushrooms, plus a whole line of CBD products. I love checking in to see what else they’ve added to the lineup. I recently ran out of my beloved hot sauce, so I re-upped and also picked up some bourbon barrel maple syrup, which is likewise freaking delicious (not like I’m surprised).
I’m flattered that one of my reviews graces the homepage, so you can see just how much I love SIN Foods and what they’ve made. The pictures on this post are actually from my recent order, and they’re testing out a new bottle and label. How cool is it that they bring their customers into the testing process? They also sent me something that’s not even on the website yet, so I’ll keep it hush-hush for now.
Even though I try to limit garlic and onion in my diet (more on that very soon, I promise!) I make an exception for this amazing hot sauce. Just a little bit goes a long way, and it adds great flavor to eggs, salads, roasted veggies, really just anything you can think of. If you’re looking to support a great small business with high-quality products, look no further.