It may sound a little crazy to pack your own hot sauce wherever you go, but that’s exactly what some of the biggest names in the world claim to do on a regular basis. Hillary Clinton infamously told New Yorker radio listeners during the presidential campaign she always carries around a bottle of hot sauce in her purse. Clinton’s favorite: a popular Sriracha sauce.
It’s hardly the first time she’s let the secret out regarding her fondness for hot spicy food. It’s also been said that the former Secretary of State used to keep her plane well stocked with hot sauce at all times and that she also stocked a collection of more than 100 different kinds of hot sauce while living in the White House. Clinton’s additionally reportedly a big proponent of eating hot peppers for their health value. Of course, she’s hardly the only one. There’s also Beyoncé, who made reference to having “hot sauce in my bag” in her song, Formation. Although many doubt she was actually referring to hot sauce in this particular song, it certainly doesn’t sway those who just can’t get enough of hot sauce.
Some makers of hot sauce claim it’s a trend that’s catching on. They point to a larger demand, as of late, for smaller bottles of hot sauce, likely easier to transport no matter where you go. While some claim it’s the easy solution to spicing up bland food, others, like Clinton, point to the potential health benefits, including some who say it’s helped them shed the extra pounds. This shouldn’t be surprising, as hot sauce has really seen a boost in popularity, especially over the past 15 years or so. While not everyone’s buying the big name claims, it’s definitely true that hot sauce is more mainstream than ever before.