Hot Sauce #83 – Hobo Jim’s Sassy Cinnamon Hot Sauce Review

Hobo Jim's Sassy Cinnamon Hot Sauce ReviewI didn’t know I was looking for a cinnamon hot sauce until I saw one. It makes perfect and beautiful sense. So naturally, Hobo Jim’s Sassy Cinnamon Hot Sauce fairly flew into my cart.

Hobo Jim’s Sassy Cinnamon Hot Sauce

I have always loved cinnamon.

From my earliest memories of cinnamon toast before school and cinnamon rolls on Sunday mornings, through Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal (a box is in my cupboard right now) and Brown Sugar Cinnamon Poptarts to the adult pleasures of cinnamon donuts, cookies and cakes.

So, when I saw Hobo Jim’s Sassy Cinnamon Hot Sauce I was the biggest “no-brainer” I have had in a long time. Especially when I saw the deep, rich red-brown coloring.

See, it always bugged me as a kid that there was no cinnamon candy. Actually there was. There was the bright red hot cinnamon kind. Red Hots and such. But as far as I could find, there was no candy that tasted like the cinnamon on cinnamon toast or cinnamon rolls. There probably is now, but I still don’t know of any.

Hobo Jim’s Sassy Cinnamon Hot Sauce looks like it is made with the cinnamon of cinnamon rolls.

I had such high hopes for this sauce and I really wanted to like it.  Because it is cinnamon and because it is made by a little guy just starting out (produced at a Culinary Incubator in Niles, Michigan.)

I really wanted to like it and I really tried to like it. But I can’t. It’s just not very good.

It does have real cinnamon in it. It seems to be ground to a fine powder. However, there is nothing else in the sauce that complements it.  You don’t really get to enjoy the cinnamon. The sauce seems to be nothing but cinnamon powder in vinegar.  There’s no heat at all.  There is no sweet component. There is no taste of onions or garlic that are listed on the ingredients.  Taste a bit of the sauce and you get a sour vinegar burst then a very mild hint of cinnamon on the end. Then it is gone. That’s it.

The sauce so thin, the cinnamon powder collects around the rim as you pour and, let is sit for just a few minutes, and it settles to the bottom.

Hobo Jim's Sassy Cinnamon Hot Sauce

I cannot fathom what you would put this on.  It’s too sour for sweets and to weak for meats.  It might –might — work on pork if you want to try. But, why waste your time. There are much better choices out there and I’m sure you could even doctor up a good sauce with a bit cinnamon that would taste better than this in about 2 minutes, if you tried.

To me it doesn’t feel like a lot of thought or taste testing went into this sauce.  It feels like a missed opportunity. And that is a shame.

My Ratings:

Taste: ½☆☆☆☆  — Heat Level: ☆☆☆☆☆  — Usability: ½☆☆☆☆ 


Ingredients: Distilled vinegar, cinnamon, cayenne peppers, onions, carrots, garlic, spices

Where I got it: Jungle Jim’s International Market, Cincinnati, OH

Their Website: doesn’t work

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