About Chilli Bugs Hot Sauces

Chillibugs is the home of hot sauces. A family-run business, based in Northampton, we share your passion for chilli sauce.

Our range of sauces is constantly expanding, through our own research and customer recommendations. We now also feature nuts and snacks, chilli oils and sweets. With sauces from America, the Caribbean, Mexico, South Africa, Costa Rica and the Far East we have something to suit every chilli head!

We also feature a recipe section on the site to help you find new ways to use your sauces. If you would like to recommend a new recipe for the site, please do email it to us, we’d be delighted to include it.

If you’re not sure what to choose, do contact us. We’re happy to give advice to help you decide what’s best for you.

Enjoy the heat!

What makes Chillis hot?

The chili/chilli pepper, or more simply just "chili", is the fruit of the plants from the Capsicum.The substances that give chili peppers their intense heat are capsaicin and capsaicinoids.

When consumed, capsaicinoids hit the pain receptors in the mouth, which send a message to the brain that the person has eaten something hot. The brain responds to the burning sensation by releasing the body's natural painkilling chemical, endorphin – THIS IS THE CHILLI HIGH!!

The "heat" of chili peppers is measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU). Bell peppers rank at 0 (SHU), jalapeños at 3,000–6,000 SHU, and habaneros at 250,000 to 570,000 SHU. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the hottest chilli pepper is the Naga Jolokia, measuring 857,000 SHU. Pure capsaicin measures 16 Million SHU!

What is a Scoville unit?

The Scoville scale is named after its creator, American chemist Wilbur Scoville. Putting it simply, the Scoville Heat Scale measures the number of drops of water you would need to drink to take away the heat of one drop of the sauce. So if a sauce is rated at 1 million Scoville Units (SHUs); you would need to drink 1 million drops of water to take all the heat away!