Elijah’s Xtreme Ghost Pepper Sauce has won many awards since its 2014 launch, including the third-place Best New Product Award at the 2014 NYC Hot Sauce Expo in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the first-place People’s Preference Award at the 2015 Zest Fest, a fiery foods show in Texas. It is currently ranked the top Ghost Pepper Sauce on Amazon.
Their second product, Elijah’s Xtreme Reaper Sauce, which features the Carolina Reaper pepper with a blend of black cherries, cranberries and bourbon, was launched at the 2016 NYC Hot Sauce Expo. Among the seven awards the Moreys won in 2016 was a first-place finish for their Reaper Sauce in the Hot Sauce-XXX Hot category of the Scovie Awards. The Scovie Awards were named in honor of Wilbur Scoville, the scientist who invented the Scoville Organoleptic Test to determine the heat scale of chili peppers.
The father-son duo recently returned to North Carolina after a successful showing at Zest Fest 2017 in Irving, Texas. Their Ghost Pepper Sauce placed third in the Pepper Blend X-Hot category, and the Reaper Sauce placed second in the Fruit Based X-Hot category and won third place in the People’s Preference Hot Sauce category out of a field of approximately 500 Hot Sauces at the show.
In two years, the Ghost Pepper and Reaper sauces have won 13 awards. The newest addition to the Elijah’s Xtreme product line is Pineapple-Mango Habanero Chutney, which launched in late January 2017 at Zest Fest.
Elijah is now 19 and is studying Business Marketing and Finance at Anderson University in South Carolina. Bret is applying the skills he honed through his classes at Gaston College to building the Elijah’s Xtreme business, with the intent of expanding its reach by working with grocery stores, restaurants and distributors.
Elijah’s Xtreme products are available in the local products section of Ingle’s Markets, in all Bass Pro Shops, as well as in a number of local shops and on Amazon. Elijah’s Xtreme Ghost Pepper Sauce will be featured in the Tijuana Flats restaurant chain sometime late in the first quarter of 2017. For more information about Elijah’s Xtreme Gourmet Sauces and where to find them, go to ElijahsXtreme.com.
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