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Chilli Gifts - the Ultimate Gift Guide for Lovers of Spicy Food

Updated on March 3, 2014

Unique and spicy gifts for the chilli lover in your life

My husband is obsessed with chillies - the hotter the better. I still wear a small green jade pendant in the shape of a chilli that my darling bought for me when we started dating, and he sports my chilli T-shirt with pride.

The great thing about these gifts is that they are suitable for anyone (well, maybe not your 2 year old niece). Whether it's for your brother or your boss, anyone who loves trying out spicy foods will appreciate the thought you've put into researching their favourite flavour.

A jar of gourmet hot sauce or some chilli chocolate makes a nice stocking stuffer, leaving gift or birthday treat. And some of these make fun gifts for that friend who's always bragging about how much hot sauce they put on their food.

Photo used under Creative Commons courtesy of wstryder

Volcano dust combo pack

As its name implies, this 'volcano dust' is HOT. Each product is available individually in larger sizes but if you're new to volcano dust this 4 pack is the way to go.

It includes Volcano Dust versions 1 and 2 which offer two different levels of heat, as well as Chocolate Habanero powder and the infamous Bhut Jolokia a.k.a the hottest pepper in the world.

Volcano Dust - Combo Pack 4 - Bhut Jolokia, V. Dust 1, V. Dust 2 & Chocolate Habanero - 1 Each
Volcano Dust - Combo Pack 4 - Bhut Jolokia, V. Dust 1, V. Dust 2 & Chocolate Habanero - 1 Each

This 5 star reviewed pack has everything you need to please a heat lover. The great thing about using these powders is the amount of control you have over the heat - just sprinkle a little bit at a time to see how much heat you can stand. Volcano Dust contains no preservatives or fillers, just pure, dried and powdered hot chili peppers.

 

This sauce is absolutely incredible and this is the 4th time I've ordered this sauce. Also, it's worth video taping someone the first time they try it.

— Patrick Patin, Amazon customer

Dave's Insanity gift set of 4 hot sauces

Once upon a time, Dave's original "Insanity Sauce" was declared too spicy for even the National Fiery Food Show. Since then, Dave has elaborated on the original recipe and made his sauces even hotter.

If you can't get enough heat, and are always complaining about how much Tabasco you have to drown your meal with this is the gift set for you.

The reviews on this product as amazing - click on the picture to read them if you don't believe me. My favourite reviewer quote is shown above, and has me convinced.

Daves Insanity Sauce Gift Set - A Total Lapse of Reason. The Hottest Set Known to Man! This Set is the Four Hottest Sauces On the Planet. This is in All Likelyhood More Than a Lifetime Supply of Blazing Face Torture.
Daves Insanity Sauce Gift Set - A Total Lapse of Reason. The Hottest Set Known to Man! This Set is the Four Hottest Sauces On the Planet. This is in All Likelyhood More Than a Lifetime Supply of Blazing Face Torture.

The hottest sauce ever made available on the market now comes with 3 other versions. The original Insanity is made of pure capsaicin, and here it's presented with a less tongue-lingering (but no less spicy version), a garlicky version as well as the turbo-charged Ultimate Insanity which measures 250,000 Scoville units (that really is insane!)

 

Make a chili lover's gift basket

I'm a huge fan of gift baskets and the best ones are personalised for the giftee. Below are my absolute favourite spicy products that I would give not only to my spicehead husband but also my colleagues and friends.

You can include a store-bought or home compiled chili recipe book, as well as a small 'bouquet' of dried red chile peppers to make it extra special.

Bonus points for wrapping them up in a red lined basket or with chile pepper wrapping paper!

Extravagonzo Gourmet Infused Olive Oil, Red Chili
Extravagonzo Gourmet Infused Olive Oil, Red Chili

I always have a bottle of red chilli infused olive oil in my kitchen as it is so versatile.It's lovely drizzled on homemade pizza or pasta dishes, as well as in salad dressings, stir fries, on grilled vegetables and fish or meat.

 
Teeny Tiny Spice Co. of Vermont Organic Chocolate Chili, 2.8 Oz
Teeny Tiny Spice Co. of Vermont Organic Chocolate Chili, 2.8 Oz

This product is genuis. It combines everyone's fave flavour, chocolate with the moderate heat of dried chillies to give your dishes a special something. I can already imagine how great this would be in a marinade for grilled meats, and reviewers have added it to vegetable fritters and soups with great results.

 
Earth & Vine Provisions Red Bell Pepper and Ancho Chili Jam, 10 Ounce
Earth & Vine Provisions Red Bell Pepper and Ancho Chili Jam, 10 Ounce

This sweet, mildly spicy and addictive 'jam' is always a hit whether it's served with cream cheese or drizzled onto meat. I've also got my eye on the Mango Tequila Jalapeno marinade from the same brand which sounds tempting.

 
Island Snacks Chile Mango, 4-Ounce (Pack Of 6)
Island Snacks Chile Mango, 4-Ounce (Pack Of 6)

There are many similar dried mango snacks on the market but this one is the best in my opinion.The dried mango is chewy yet moist, and the chile powder balances out the fruit's sweetness without making your eyes water.

 
Piment d'Espelette - Red Chili Pepper Powder from France 1.41oz
Piment d'Espelette - Red Chili Pepper Powder from France 1.41oz

Living in France, I always forget that many people haven't had the pleasure of trying Piment d'Espelette. I love this stuff!The earthy, smoky taste is perfect for any kind of Mediterranean cooking - add a pinch to tomato soup, grilled vegetables or mix with Fleur de Sel for an addictive pizza seasoning.

 

Chilli debate

I love red chillis in my dipping sauces and stir-fries, but my husband goes for green chillis every time. How about you?

What colour chilli do you go for?

His and hers chili pepper jewelry

Chili Pepper Cufflinks
Chili Pepper Cufflinks

If hot sauce is a bit too budget for your giftee, this unique cufflink set will be just the ticket. High quality and great for a special occasion, they're perfect for a best friend or brother.

 

Chili shampoo

Chile Shampoo
Chile Shampoo

Sure, you can't eat it or wear it but chilli lovers will appreciate the amazing powers of the chile pepper to promote strong and shiny hair.Although it has a faint chile smell, this product doesn't burn your scalp. But you'll feel pretty cool telling all your friends you've been washing your hair with chillies.

 

Chocolate and chilli - a perfect match

photo credit: seelensturm via photopin cc

My husband isn't the only one who'll be getting a chilli gift this year. I also have a dear friend who loves a bit of spice but wimps out if she puts a bit too much hot sauce on her plate.

Luckily, someone had the brilliant idea to pair chili and chocolate together and I think it's the perfect way to please spice lovers without going overboard. The sweet and familiar taste of chocolate calms the heat perfectly, and a chili version is a bit more special and gourmet than your average gift box of chocolates.

The best chili chocolates you can buy

I'm always so grateful that chocolate exists during the holiday season. It's the perfect solution for those last minute gifts and difficult to buy for friends.

Your co-workers, distant cousins or postman will all appreciate a little package of something sweet and you won't be embarrassed at having bought something too expensive when they hand you your Christmas card. After all, they may be gourmet but they're still just chocolate bars.

Theo Chocolate Chocolate Salted Caramel Ghost Chile 4 piece box
Theo Chocolate Chocolate Salted Caramel Ghost Chile 4 piece box

This is one fancy chocolate bar. Ghost chillies - the world's hottest - are infused in salted caramel and added to best quality milk chocolate.

 
Chocolove Chocolate Bar, Chilies & Cherries in Dark Chocolate, 3.2 Ounce (Pack of 6)
Chocolove Chocolate Bar, Chilies & Cherries in Dark Chocolate, 3.2 Ounce (Pack of 6)

I haven't yet tried this one but the reviews are enough to convince me. Made in a small factory in Colorado, it takes the incredible combination of chocolate and chilli and makes it even better by adding cherries.

 
Lindt Excellence Bar, Chili Dark Chocolate, 3.5 Ounce (Pack of 12)
Lindt Excellence Bar, Chili Dark Chocolate, 3.5 Ounce (Pack of 12)

I've had this dark chili chocolate by Lindt many (many many) times and it's amazing. The slight kick of the chili doesn't overwhelm the rich, creamy chocolate but complements it perfectly. This isn't a mouth burning product, so you can feel confident sharing it with your most spice-shy friend.

 

Decorate your house with spicy art

You can't tell from the small picture, but this chilli varieties poster is of great quality with very fine details and information.

It makes a warm and stylish decoration for any room of the house - several Amazon customers said they'd lost theirs while moving and bought another copy as they loved it so much.

Great Chile Poster (fresh) by Mark Miller 36"x24" Art Print Poster
Great Chile Poster (fresh) by Mark Miller 36"x24" Art Print Poster

An ideal poster for the kitchen, dining room or even the bedroom (I won't judge).This poster makes a great conversation starter for guests in your home as they discuss how many varieties they've tried.

 

Gift subscription to Chile Pepper magazine

Finally, a cooking magazine for spice lovers.

I'm planning to get myself a subscription this Christmas after reading some great reviews of Chile magazine. Full of tempting recipes, restaurant reviews and info about exotic ingredients this is a must-have for anyone that loves cooking with spices.

Chile Pepper
Chile Pepper

Cooking tips, exotic techniques and of course mouthwatering recipes from tasty cuisines around the world.An example of the latest articles featured inside include:"Tabasco's Secret Uncovered", "Family Recipes from Mexico" and "Chicago's Cajun Heaven".

 

Learn more about the amazing chili pepper

I'm useless in the garden but I love looking at all the amazing varieties of chillies in books like this.

The Complete Chile Pepper Book: A Gardener's Guide to Choosing, Growing, Preserving, and Cooking
The Complete Chile Pepper Book: A Gardener's Guide to Choosing, Growing, Preserving, and Cooking

This book was made for my husband and I. He drools over the hundreds of colourful chilli varieties and plans his next seed purchases. I bookmark recipes and sterilise jars ready for canning. It's in-depth, interesting and has everything you ever wanted to know about chillies in there.

 

Would you like one of these chili gifts? - Or know someone who would

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