We Gave In And Tried All Three Truff Hot Sauces
Yes, it’s another Truff review. We’re of the mindset that it’s good to try things again, even if the first time around it wasn’t the best.
This time we tried out all three of their sauces. They were kind enough to send some along after seeing our previous review so we started off with a blind taste test to (regardless of taste) see which one we liked the best.
Seriously though, taste buds change. That’s why I try tomatoes again every year. Not a fan and haven’t been for the last 20+ years, but there’s always next year.
Previously on Fartley Farms reviews Truff Hot Sauce, we left you with a shrug emoji opinion of the sauce itself. It’s not our cup of tea, but we’ve seen plenty of reviews that say it’s amazing, so who are we to tell you how to live your life.
Since we last tried Truff hot sauce, they’ve made a White Truffle Truff hot sauce and a “Hotter” Truff hot sauce.
How are Truff Hot Sauces Similar?
Before we take a look at the differing ingredients, what are the common ingredients?
- Organic Agave Nectar
- Olive Oil infused with Truffle Essence
- Lycopene and Glycerin (for color)
- Organic Cumin
- Xantham Gum
The agave nectar sweetens up the sauce just a hair, the same sugars that are used to be fermented and turned into tequila. Agave nectar is extracted from the blue agave plant and then filtered and concentrated. Overall better for your blood glucose and becoming more popular the more readily available it becomes.
Olive Oil (simple enough) infused with Truffle Essence. This changes from the Truff hot sauces between black and white truffle essence, but what does the “essence” aspect mean? We have no confirmation one way or another, but in general, “essence” refers to chemicals used to simulate the aroma of truffles. Sometimes it is made from truffles, sometimes it is created in a lab. Overall, the primary goal is to give your nostrils the truffle tingle that has become fairly well known. Chefs are torn about whether truffle essence is great or terrible. Gordon Ramsay said he loves it but you have to “treat it with the utmost respect” and not overuse it. Martha Stewart went on record to say that she would never use it because it’s so synthetic.
As we mentioned in our last review of Truff Hot Sauce, Lycopene is a plant-based additive that works hard to keep it’s parent red in color. Know how you get a redness in your dishes after eating spaghetti or other tomato-based foods? That’s mostly thanks to Lycopene. As for Glycerin, it’s a natural additive that helps hold color, create stability in the sauce and add a tiny bit of sweetness.
Then there’s the Organic Cumin. Nothing to say here, we’ve got a few of our homemade batches that feature cumin, so carry on.
Xantham Gum is a swear word for some folks, but really it’s just a natural thickener. It also helps to prevent the separation of ingredients. If you get our Farty in The USA or Warm Your Cold Dead Fart, you’ll see those separate into the solids and the vinegar. With Xantham gum, you primarily wouldn’t see the separation. We see no issue with Xantham Gum, but we choose to not use it.
How are Truff Hot Sauces Different from the Original?
Truff White Truffle Hot Sauce
Biggest difference, and this may surprise you is that this one uses White Truffles. *GASP* Seriously the only difference between the White Truffle and the regular is White Truffle Powder Concentrate instead of Black Truffle. Also, the White Truffle and the Hotter both contain Organic Coriander, which is the seed form of cilantro and has a floral and lemony flavor to it.
The White Truffle Hot Sauce also appears to be seasonal and runs at $35 retail. It was even named one of Oprah’s favorite things in 2019.
Hotter Truff Hot Sauce
If you watched the video above, you know that this was our favorite of the three Truff hot sauces. The “Hotter” Truff Hot Sauce uses Black Truffle (like the original) but also adds Black Truffle Powder Concentrate for an extra kick of the truffle flavor, potentially to offset the pungency of the addition of Jalapeño Peppers. Along with the jalapeño addition, the “Hotter” Truff hot sauce also contains water, red habanero powder and citric acid.
Jalapeño peppers. For heat and flavor we imagine.
Water. Some people get all uppity about water being in their sauce, but really it just cuts down on the bite of the vinegar, distilling it a bit.
Red Habanero Powder. This is what it sounds like. It’s what makes the “Hotter” Truff Hot Sauce hotter. Honestly it was the one we liked the most and the habanero powder pulls it together.
Citric Acid. Largely used as a flavoring agent, this is sometimes referred to as “sour salt” and is acidic…as the name of the ingredient explains. It is used to stabilize and preserve medicines, but is common in spicy snacks and some sauces. It is well-known as one of the most widely used common additives around the globe and typically enhances flavor. We haven’t used this personally so it’s hard to know the full effect it has on a sauce, but worth calling out. Potentially necessary from the addition of the jalapeños?
Now that you know the differences between all three of the Truff Hot Sauces, what does it all mean? Largely, there are only slight differences, with the “Hotter” Truff Hot Sauce having the largest differences. In terms of flavor, we’re still on the fence about whether or not we actually enjoy the taste of Truff Hot Sauce, but we can definitely say that of the three Truff Hot Sauces, the “Hotter” Truff hot sauce is our favorite by far. The added heat helps out quite a bit with the overall experience and the taste is still one that we’re not quite used to, but it was definitely better than the last time we tried it. It pours nicely and for what it’s worth, the Lady of the Farm prefers the White Truffle over the others.
Side note to all of this: the folks at Truff are hella nice. Thanks again to Nick Ajluni for reaching out and sending along the rest of the trio. Also, the marketing is still some of the best we’ve seen from a hot sauce distributor, regardless of whether any normal person really pours hot sauce on their food like their videos show.
If nothing else, they’ve at least made it into music videos since the last time we tried their sauce. Don’t be the drummer of 5 Seconds of Summer though and steal your friend’s hot sauce. Seriously. Truff runs at $18-$35. If you stole a sauce from one of us, we’d be ready to throw some hands.
Hello spicy traveler, try our sauces!
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