About Us

Hot Licks specializes in hot sauce and spicy foods from around the world. We have featured our best selling and favorite fiery foods on our website, many at discounted prices only to be found on the web. Browse our recipe section to find delicious ideas for your table or sign up for our newsletter which contains articles and additional discounts on featured products.

Visit Us In Person

Our retail stores maintain a festive atmosphere, thanks to friendly and knowledgeable sales people. We carry a very large assortment of hot sauces as well as BBQ sauce, salsas, snacks, spices and rubs. We carry products in all heat levels from mild, to hot, to extremely hot! We even carry extract hot sauces that are so hot; you will have to sign a waiver prior to purchase.

We invite you to sample just about everything in our store. Our knowledgeable sales associates can guide you through different flavors and heat levels as well as offer some suggestions. Whether you try the sauces of just have them describe the sauces, you will be certain to take home a product you will enjoy.

A Brief History

We are excited to announce the Hot Licks is now entering our 17th year of filling all of your hot sauce needs. Hot Licks began in San Diego, California and quickly grew into three retail stores in the Southern California area. Each of our three locations feature a large selection of spicy foods and gift items.

In 1994 the first Hot Licks store opened in Seaport Village near San Diego’s famous Embarcadero, followed closely by our Long Beach store in Shoreline Village which began operation in 1995. In 1998 we opened our third store location. We recently moved that third store to San Diego’s Old Town State Historic Park.

Hot Licks also hosts annual Hot Licks Fiery Foods Festival. The festival focuses on local manufacturers of hot and spicy foods. Live local bands and hot sauce/salsa contests are featured at this lively event.


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