Thursday, December 3, 2009

Intensity Academy All Natural Gourmet Hot Sauces Review + Giveaway!


While at IzeaFest in October, I had the great pleasure of meeting several bloggers and business people from the Tampa Bay Area. While receiving introductions, I had the honor to meet the fabulous entrepreneur, award winner, and creator of Intensity Academy Gourmet Sauces, Michele Northrup.

Since then, I've seen Intensity Academy in the paper, all over Facebook, and on the news. Watch the saucy interview on FOX here:



In October, I was told that Intensity Academy's carrot-based hot sauces and tea infused delicious-ness had won 26 awards in only 24 months- including the #1 Ketchup in America! Those numbers continue to rise, and are at 40 in less than 36 months- and hot sauce lovers all over Florida have ignited in delight with Intensity Academy sauces. Fans have been petitioning for restaurants like Tijuana Flats to carry Intensity Academy hot sauces, and local Whole Foods stores have already stocked their shelves. Rumor has it that Intensity Academy may also be on Costco shelves this summer!

We love spicy food. Our kids eat Spanish, Puerto Rican and Mexican dishes without batting an eyelash. I love adding an extra kick to classic dishes, and using sauces as a dipping sauce to many favorites (from pork chops to meatballs).

Now that the weather is getting chillier- yes, the west coast of Florida gets chilly- I love to cook in my crock-pot. Several of my family's favorite crock pot recipes involve using BBQ or hot sauce. I was given a bottle of all natural, family friendly, Chai Chipotle 'Q from Michele herself in October, and thought that combining it with some boneless pork ribs in the crockpot would be perfect for a chilly evening meal.

I threw two medium racks into the crock pot with about a half of a bottle poured over the ribs and covered it on HIGH for about 5 hours. The result was a savory pulled-pork style, soft as butter, with a hint of spicy, spectacularness.

Seriously, even the kids realized it wasn't the normal BBQ sauce I use, but asked for seconds. If you don't normally do spicy food, don't worry, the Chai Chipotle 'Q sauce is a family friendly alternative as the smoothness from the Organic Tea balances the chipotle peppers to appease any palate.

Bri can't wait to try the Hot squared (and cubed!), as he loves the really hot stuff, and I cannot wait to get my hands on a bottle of the 'Chup, as I live on Ketchup! I am really hoping that Santa sticks some bottles in our stockings this year!

Want it?
Shop online, visit Whole Foods Stores in Florida, or request Intensity Academy Sauces by name from your local Whole Foods store. Plus, 4BabyAndMom readers can take advantage of a special sale- ANY 5 Bottles for only $20! Email michele at intensityacademy dot com with your order, but be sure to mention you read about Intensity Academy here, at 4BabyAndMom!
This giveaway is open to residents of the US and will end on December 15th, at 11:59pm EST. One winner will be chosen at random using Random.org. Disclosure: The featured product was provided to me, at no cost, by Intensity Academy. I did not accept monetary compensation for reviewing or writing about this experience, and all opinions expressed are my own. Special thanks to our new friend, Michele Northrup from Intensity Academy, for sponsoring this giveaway.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER!



Please read the WINNERS POST for more information on how to claim your prize! Thank you all for participating. Happy Holidays!

68 comments:

jerricapuck December 03, 2009  

I love making a Chicken Cacciatore!! yumm! the extra spice would make it even better.
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Dorothy December 03, 2009  

Sounds like great sauces to try.

This was my first visit to your site.

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amanda December 04, 2009  

I am really intrigued by the green tea salad.
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Anonymous,  December 04, 2009  

I would use it to spice up my recipe for hot wings but I would also love to try their recipe for
Grilled Good Karma Curried Wings.

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Brandy December 05, 2009  

I would use the Hot Cubed in my steak I cook in my crock pot, we love spicy food here and this would give that recipe a nice kick!

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Tamara B. December 09, 2009  

I can use their Carrot Karma Hot Sauce to make the Grilled Good Karma Curried Wings.
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ferriz December 10, 2009  

The Chai Thai Masta’ Pasta looks great!

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agordon10 December 10, 2009  

I like the green tea salad.

~ Cee ~ December 10, 2009  

Our family loves spicy dishes, too! I think that the Carrot Karma sauce would really lend itself to our lentil tacos or black bean nachos. I also think it would go really well with just a traditional fried potatoes and eggs breakfast. Of course, we could eat hot sauce on just about anything ;) I am eager to try all of these!! Thank you for such a delicious giveaway! ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

mverno December 10, 2009  

Chicken Cacciatore mverno@roadrunner.com

Hppv50 December 10, 2009  

my fav recipe is Hot Squared Rice *the teacher*s pet!
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Missybeez December 10, 2009  

I would make the Grilled Good Karma Curried Wings!


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llinda29 December 10, 2009  

I like Chai Thai Masta’ Pasta – Great Hot or Cold

Mamushi Love December 11, 2009  

I make something that can be called "soy sauce chicken", which is basically chicken legs simmered in a soy sauce concoction I put together. The Thai Teriyaki sauce would be nice to experiment with for this dish.

joahsgrandma December 11, 2009  

We do a lot of smoked pork which would be great with Chai Chipotle Q

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ScrewLucy December 11, 2009  

I like their Shrimpy Chupy Cheese Dip recipe and I would enjoy using it in my Heart Attack Chili recipe!

littlelatina December 11, 2009  

my mouth is watering looking at this site

Deb December 11, 2009  

Carrot Karma would be good on my homemade nachos.

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Nickolay December 11, 2009  

The Shrimpy Chupy Cheese Dip sounds super awesome




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Sarah December 11, 2009  

I think a good hot sauce makes just about anything taste better. I'd like to try the Thai Teriyaki Sauce on my homemade teriyaki.

Carolyn G December 11, 2009  

I want to try the Green Tea Gourmet Salad - Yum

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Alicia December 12, 2009  

I don't really use sauces in my cooking, but I use them a lot for dipping. this would really spice up chicken fingers!

Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

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susanstewart December 12, 2009  

I do a ton of cooking with tofu and seitan (I'm a vegan) so I'd marinate with some of these sauces. Chipotle is one of my favorite flavors. I'd love to win!

Deb K December 12, 2009  

I do a ton of cooking and I think that these sauces would really give my Chicken Wings a Kick :-)

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Anonymous,  December 13, 2009  

My hubby & kids love spicy (me too but, I'm more of a wus than them) I think these would be a great addition to pozole, enchaladas & chicken mole'
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Elaine Welby December 13, 2009  

I used to live in Tucson, Arizona and I went to Mexico often, where I learned to make Chicken Mole. I would love to make my sauce with this, but then I would take out the choclate or at least cut down. I love this idea.

erma December 14, 2009  

I'd use this in my homemade chili.
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karen December 14, 2009  

Any one of these sauces would be great on grilled salmon.

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Lisa December 14, 2009  

The Chai Thai Masta’ Pasta sounds good. Thanks!

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Anonymous,  December 14, 2009  

I would use it to spice up my hot wings even more!

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ktgonyea December 14, 2009  

I'd use this in my chili.

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crystal,  December 15, 2009  

If i used their sauces,my Vegetarian Chili would finally make my meat eating hubby happy !!

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Pamela S December 15, 2009  

I think the "Chai Thai Masta’ Pasta" sounds great, and I'd like to try the Hot Cubed on some ribs for my teen son. He likes everything HOT!!! Chai Thai Masta’ Pasta

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Maja December 15, 2009  

chicken cacciatore sounds delicious. chai thai masta pasta, also

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Miranda December 15, 2009  

the Grilled Good Karma Curried Wings

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Chai Thai Masta’ Pasta :)

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