TWO BROTHERS FROM NEW ORLEANS, INSPIRED BY HEAT AND FLAVOR

FigFamilyPepperTreeMelinda’s hot pepper sauces were created from a passion for exotic food and international flavor. The Figueroa brothers grew up in New Orleans, a culinary melting pot of Caribbean, African and European cuisines.

Habanero Peppers always grew in their garden and their home was always filled with the heavenly aromas of Caribbean, Latin America and Mediterranean spices.  Their Mother is a gourmet cook and their father loves it spicy.  He always had a fresh habanero and onion sauce handy to add some more heat to their family meals.

taste-innovation-signsAs adults, they traveled the globe, eager to experience new ideas and to be inspired by new ingredients.

It wasn’t long before they decided to share their passion with the world. And in 1989, Melinda’s hot pepper sauces set the culinary world on fire! It was the first brand to truly balance fire and flavor. The first brand to introduce America to the habanero chile pepper, and the first to introduce a pepper sauce with a variety of heat levels.

40under40The Figueroa Brothers early success was recognized locally and nationally in the press and by October 1992, at the ages of 24 and 25, they were featured in Entrepreneur Magazine 40 under 40 issue.  Dave DeWitt, known as the “Pope of Peppers” for his knowledge of all things spicy said “the Figueroa Brothers have done more for the promotion of the habanero pepper than any other company.  They made the habanero a household word.”

Tireless to create, the brothers never rested on their laurels and as the years passed, they created new sauces featuring chile peppers from around the world.  Each sauce crafted to balance the heat and flavor perfectly.  All with no artificial preservatives or colors, no gluten and no GMOs.

So let Melinda’s hot pepper sauces inspire you to get creative in the kitchen! With a dash here and a splash there, it’s easy to add a world of flavor to any meal.

 

Greg Figueroa
Co-founder
Managing Director/CEO

David Figueroa Jr
Co-founder
Head of Brand Marketing

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Scott Zalkind
“Huge fan of this brand – I have several, but keep going back to the Scotch Bonnet sauce – it’s tremendous. Great snappy balance of flavor & heat – incredible on jerk chicken & pork. Get you some!”
Scott Zalkind Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Co.
Chad Miller
“Best mix of flavor and heat there is. Melinda’s doesn’t use extracts, but uses the pepper itself, which allows you to taste the flavor of the pepper.  My favorite is the Red Savina sauce, but they’re all good.”
Chad Miller
Jason Ritchings
“Fan for about 10 years recently discovered a vendor close by who sells this. Best hot sauce on the market. Heat is intense in all varieties but it never overwhelms the flavor. Perfect.”
Jason Ritchings
Mike Pomeroy
“Hands down the best sauce that can be found. I drive an hour and a half just to buy it. So I’ll buy 10-15 bottles at a time and it never lasts long.”
Mike Pomeroy
Phillip Holton
“I stick with the Habanero XXXX which can be purchased by the gallon to refill my many empty bottles. Lasts about a year:)”
Phillip Holton