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5 tasty condiments that aren’t pink sauce

Pink Sauce: The condiment that’s trending for all the wrong reasons. It’s a lesson in TikTok hype, hive mind kayfabe, and perhaps most of all, the importance of the FDA. And at the end of the day, it’s just bad mayonnaise with enough pink food coloring to look like Pepto Bismol. Instead of bashing this horrible sauce, we recommend five condiments that deserve to go viral. Viral in a good way, not the “good stomach ache” way.

Momofuku Chili Crunch Sauce

Key Selling Point: Get in on the next big spice craze before everyone else does.

Are you familiar with chili crunch? The popular Asian spice is having a bit of a moment right now, and it’s about to go big. You know, the way Sriracha took over the hot sauce world in the early ’00s. It’s a mix of sesame seeds, chilies, shallots, garlic, and a bunch of other tasty stuff soaked in oil, which makes for a fiery red sauce that’s hot and flavorful without being too spicy. It’s great on noodles, rice, and the best thing you could ever dip your takeout gyoza into. Its recipe was created by Chef David Chang, so you can pretty much guarantee it’s going to be tasty as hell.

Hormel Herdez Taqueria green sauce

Key Selling Point: Taco truck flavor in a charming bottle.

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It’s so hard to find a bottle of salsa on the store shelf that matches as well as one made by your friend’s abuelita in the neighborhood. For those of us not within driving distance of a taco truck, there’s Herdez Taqueria Sauce Verde. Like any great green taco sauce, it’s made from poblano peppers and charred jalapenos and comes in an easy-to-squeeze bottle. It’s great on tacos, nachos, and a plate of huevos rancheros, but it would work just as well as a marinade or even as a salad dressing. It’s not as good as homemade, but it’s pretty close.

Mambo Capital City Sauce

Key Selling Point: A flavor profile from Washington DC poised to sweep 50 states.

When salty meets sweet, some of the tastiest matches are made, from chocolate-dipped pretzels to the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Capital City Mumbo Sauce is sweet, salty, and even has a little heat, for a condiment that’s not only delicious, but damn near universal. While it’s primarily a wing sauce, it’s great as a finishing glaze, marinade, and anything else for the grill. It’s also totally vegan, without an ounce of high fructose corn syrup.

Heinz Dip & Crunch Burger

Key Selling Point: An unnecessary but deliciously innovative way to enjoy your next burger.

Have you ever looked at a burger and thought, “I must make this unhealthy meal downright hedonistic”? Heinz Dip and Crunch Burger Dip is a little extra, but not an entirely terrible idea. Although you have to provide your own burger, this package not only comes with a bath to dip your sandwich in, but also a small pile of crushed chips. You know, for texture. It’s not just a dipping sauce, it’s an experience. And it just might change the way you eat burgers forever.

Sauces Sonoma Dessert sauce with wine

Key Selling Point: Why choose between drinks and dessert when you can have both?

Fruit and wine go together like beer and cheese. Separately, they compliment each other, but together, there’s some seriously tasty alchemy going on. These wine-infused dessert sauces are made in small batches with an ingredient list you can actually read. Wine, fruit, sugar and little else, so the flavor profiles in these sauces can really shine. Available in three tantalizing flavors including Blackberry Merlot, Dark Cherry Zinfandel and Mango Pinot Grigio, which are great with an ice cream, yogurt, sourdough toast or simply eaten by the spoonful at 2am in front of the fridge. No judgement.

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