“Halloween Hot Sauce is a combination of my lifelong obsession with Halloween and my passion for creating flavorful spicy food products.”
– Victor “The Undertaker” Ives
Monster kid, hot sauce enthusiast & creator of Halloween Hot Sauce
“I’ve always loved Halloween…”
As far back as I can remember I’ve been obsessed with Halloween. It probably started at age 6 when I visited Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion.
Or perhaps it’s because I have an October birthday resulting in a majority of my birthday parties being Halloween-themed.
When I was 7 years old my family and I moved to upstate New York into an old, rural farmhouse on top of a spooky, grassy hill. There was a small cemetery on the property which caused my ghost-loving imagination to run amok!
Maybe that explains why I now build Halloween props year-round to decorate my yard haunt, (Moonlit Hill Mortuary & Cemetery) and why I portray a creepy, undead Undertaker character to promote my Halloween-themed hot sauce products.
“…and I’ve been a hot sauce fan for over 30 years!”
As a child, I had no interest whatsoever in hot sauce and in spicy foods. It wasn’t until I was 19, when a friend suggested we visit a restaurant named Milt Shaber’s in Gloversville, NY that I was introduced to the famous Shaber sauces! One sauce was sweet and fiery hot and I was instantly HOOKED! I couldn’t get enough of its fiery goodness!
Later that year I moved to Florida and began working in a high-end restaurant. I learned all about preparing Cajun food from the chef there and I decided to try to make my own hot sauce, but thicker and more flavorful than the hot sauces I was used to. There was a great deal of research, experimentation, trial, error and eventually success. The rest, as they say, is history.
“So, it just seemed logical to me to combine my obsession with Halloween with my love of hot sauce…and Halloween Hot Sauce was born!”
“I take a great deal of pride in the coffins that I build and in the hot sauce that I make…”
Each coffin is hand-made… by me! I use rough cut cedar (it smells great!). All the joints are both brad-nailed, and glued for strength. I use a strong hinges to attach the lid and they’re sealed with a brass, swing-arm clasp.
Each coffin is lovingly filled with “mausoleum moss” and contains 2-3 novelty maggots as well as the bottle(s) of hot sauce.
My sauces aren’t those typical, watery, flavorless sauces either, but instead are thick, robust and flavorful sauces made from my own fine-tuned recipes.
I’m a hot sauce fanatic, and I, like you, insist on a sauce that’s bold and flavorful and that enhances the flavor of the food that I put it on, not covers it up with a blast of distracting heat.
“…and I’m honored to share what I make with you!”
- Stay Rotten,
Victor “The Undertaker” Ives