The 1st reviews of Dia del Perro are in! 9/10 from Chicks & Salsa Reviews! 9/10 from Burnt Brian Reviews!
I've never been one to brag about my hot sauce, letting the sauce speak for itself. This time I'll let my customers speak for me. The 5-Star reviews below are taken directly from the Lucky Dog Hot Sauce website, as written by verified customers:
"Would absolutely recommend this sauce to any one looking for amazing flavour with the sweet sting of the Scorpion pepper. 5/5 will buy again shortly. This sauce went quick when I got it. I put it on almost everything i ate because it made it that much more enjoyable. Easily my new favorite hot sauce/hot sauce company. Thank you for the great product. Can't wait until i try them all."
"Life changing stuff! Wonderful service and a product I can hardly do without, now that I know it exists. I have intestinal issues, but I can easily tolerate this green label, and because I no longer get to go as hot as i might like, I find myself putting a few drops on just about everything. Totally recommend!"
"It has a little bit of everything. If you already like at least one type of Lucky Dog Hot Sauce, then there's a very good chance you will end up liking the entire product line. So with that in mind, you can't really go wrong by ordering one of these 6-packs. Every sauce is top notch, the service is prompt and professional, and shipping is lightning fast. I would recommend this brand and this product to ANYONE."
"Outstanding! I have tried the med roasted and the mild smoked. Liked them both. The med roast was better just becausei it thicker. The mild smoked was good as well but had it with fish and that wasn't the best choice , also it was overcooked. I cannot wait to try all the others I bought. Very good product will be buying more."
"Amazing sauce, great guy. Can't rave about the sauces enough. Bursts of garlic and roasted garlic that go good with nearly every food out there. Can't get enough! Highly recommended the black label. Thanks for the bottles!"
"The best ever. It's now almost gone, will have to order more. I added the sauce to my chicken. The flavor was perfect . It was good to the last bite."
"Best Hot Sauce in the WORLD. Seriously. The best Hot Sauce in the WORLD"
"Best hot sauce out there! Man, this stuff is addictive. Had to try the new black label and it did not disappoint. The best one yet! Keep 'em coming! Shipping was also really quick, so I didn't have to wait long."
"Best hot sauce ever! I bought all six so I didn't have to decide, and I love them all. From the mild versions for breakfast in my eggs to the fiery hot in salsas, chilis, and guacamole, they all have a distinct and delicious flavor. I have introduced Lucky Dog to several friends who are pepper connoisseurs, and they are impressed as well."
"Lucky Dog hits the mark for taste and for customer service - Lucky Dog sauces are just not another line of hot sauces, but combines heat with rich flavor. These sauces are especially good combined with ground beef for hamburgers because of the delicious onion and garlic presence. I shipping damage issue was immediately resolved with excellent communications. 5 Stars for Lucky Dog Hot Sauces."
"Awesome!!!! Bought this sauce for hubby's bday!! We love your sauce and will be back for more!!!! The flavors are amazing and it complements ANYTHING!! We LOVE LDHS (: "
"I'd like to proclaim, Scott Zalkind is a 'Flavor Magician'! I luckily won a few bottle of LDHS from a contest promoted by Brian & Marilyn Meagher of HotSauceDaily.com and I decided to open the Red bottle 1st as i was needing to open a new bottle of red sauce. I had been eyeballing Mr. Zalkind's sauces for approx 8months now and was stoked I had won some. The very 1st day I opened it to try on somewhat bland egg sandwich and it was incredible. The layers of flavor and the somewhat gentle heat made me yearn for more stuff to try it on. LDHS has created a sauce that seems to have read my mind, it's so flavorful and the heat is perfect. So for lunch that day I had a hot dog and layered red on it and again, I was blown away. Now for dinner, we had a frozen pizza that again, I used this sauce on and if you haven't sorted this out. This sauce is very versatile and that very 1st day, the bottle was more than half gone. this needs to come in a much, much larger bottle. I could be used on anything and you would not be displeased. Now to convince the lovely Mrs I need to order more even though my pantry is currently stocked full?!"
"Just a bit more heat and awesome flavor as can be expected from Lucky Dog - I tried this right after I finished my bottle of green label and was very happy I bought it also. The Serrano peppers give it a twist and the 3 peppers used compliment this sauce well. Just enough heat and tongue burn to make it enjoyable but in no way takes away from the amazing flavor. MUST HAVE!!!!"
"Great! The Black Label is a great hot sauce! It tastes very good and has a punch perfect for you average chillihead. After trying countless hot sauces by many hot sauce makers I can say without a doubt Lucky Dog makes some of my favorite sauces Black Label being one of them!"
"awesome service. I recently placed an order online, and it was so easy and the merchandise arrived within a couple days. My son was thrilled with the hot sauce as was his fiance'."
"Just get all of them! I bought 3 six-packs because I know what I like. Lots o' LDHS!"
"Awesome - Prompt shipping and it is by far the best hot sauce I have ever had!"
"Lucky Dog Black Label - I ordered Lucky Dogs Black Label on the sole merit base of the Green and Orange labels I've had. I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of the scorpion chile or any other of the super hot varieties. But Damn!! This sauce is very flavorful and extremely addictive. Another home run!
"Best by far! Great sauce and good in everything.
"Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Black Label - Fantastic sauce! Lucky Dog was my favorite hot sauce before having the Black Label. And having had the Black Label, my opinion is only further solidified! Fantastic taste as always, and the added heat only makes me happier."
"A gift for Lucky Dog. I bought this as a birthday gift for my brother whose nickname is "Lucky Dog." He hasn't yet received it, but if the fast and friendly service provided in filling my order is any indication, the hot sauce will be fabulous!"
"Black label hot sauce - It's wonderful! My favorite of them all, although I love them all! Keep up the great work Lucky Dog!!!"
"Yummy hot sauce. Very impressed with quick delivery of great hot (and mild) sauce!!!"
"love it! It's the best!!!!!"
"amazing sauces! a++++ sauces. i absolutely love em. my favorite so far is the red label. all are a must try. absolutely delicious"
"A great product! We love them all. The sauce does not overpower the food.we use in many ways."
"Lucky dog six pack - All of the sauces are great. Haven't yet found anything I can't use them on. The orange label I use the most for an all around sauce."
"What a Find! A visiting friend from California turned me on to Lucky Dog hot pepper sauces and I was blown away upon tasting each of the 4 sauces in the sampler pack. Not blown away by heat alone (yes, the upper-end sauces are plenty hot) but by the nuance and complexity of the sauces. These are not your regular go-for-the-heat no matter what it tastes like concoctions that add little but blisters to whatever you put them on but are subtle, flavorful complements to almost any food. I eagerly wait for the day they are distributed in shops here in the east (New York City in particular). Bravo, Lucky Dog."
"Definitely 5 stars!"
"i love this hotsauce"- I find myself going back to the bottle over and over; eggs, steak, veggies and guacamole... Yum! Mild sauce actually had a pleasant bite without overpowering my family members who aren't as fond of heat as I am."
"Good stuff. I put that shiz on everything. LDHS is the bomb."
"Delicious & spicy - what's not to like? A buddy recommended this sauce to me and got me a bottle of Red (medium) to try out. I instantly took a liking to it and a few weeks later I took him up on his offer to go to the local fair where I met Scott and got to try the rest of the varieties. Each has its own unique flavour profile, and unlike most hot sauces, these are not hot for the sake of being spicy. They're all very tasty too! Ordered two 4-packs on the spot and couldn't be happier."
"This stuff is the greatest! All four of the lucky dog sauces are great, amazing flavor, tastes good on everything a hot sauce should taste good on. The black label is really hot!"
"Best hot sauce ever. I love Lucky Dog Hot Sauce, and it's now one of my go-to gifts for friends. I like this quartet deal as a gift, because it gives my friends the opportunity to try several different flavors and heat levels to match their own tastes. I'm a mild, green label guy myself, but I know some of my friends like to kick up the heat to orange, red, or black levels. No matter what they prefer, all of the sauces are tasty and are great additions for mixing into food to be cooked or added on top of finished products."
"Fabulous Flavor! The combination of peppers and roasted garlic is great across all 4 sauces. I highly recommend this sampler pack. The only problem you will have is how quickly this sauce disappears!"
"Hot Sauce or Food Group? LDHS is simply the most refined, flavorful sauce I have ever had. I am not sure if they are a condiment or a food group. Just give me a straw and a napkin!"
"Valentine's Day Deal! This will be the reason I look forward to valentines day for a long time! They are all very good sauces but red is super delicious. I have yet to find anything that it isn't superb on!?"
"LDHS Love Haiku:
Lucky Dog Hot Sauce
Spicy bottles of heaven
Taste bud Nirvana"
"Best hot sauce ever! We first tried Lucky Dog when our family brought it home from the Hayward farmers market. Now that we've relocated to San Diego, we have been ordering online. This last batch was a gift for some of our friends- they're from Texas and couldn't believe that a California sauce could win a Texan competition. Lucky Dog, you've got some serious love coming from your Navy family in San Diego!"
"Black Label is Lucky Dog's best sauce yet. Well balanced heat and flavor make the Black Label from Lucky Dog their best sauce yet."
"Best Hot Sauce EVER! Best Hot Sauce EVER. In the universe.... seriously. Speedy delivery too!"
"Big Dose of Flavor in Order! I'm not much for burn your tongue off spicy, so the green label is just my speed! A dash of heat with a Load of Flavor! My husband's a fan of the red and orange label because he likes it hot. The combo pack is just right for our fridge. Looking forward to trying more!"
"Yummy! We love the variety and flavor of each sauce!!"
"Delicious! Very popular at my home and at son's girlfriend's home. All are asking when I can get more.I have only tried the green sauce. It is slightly vinegary and doesn't carry a strong bite, but it warms you from the inside within a few bites. I will try the medium and hot soon(hopefully before they disappear).If I don't get to them soon enough I will just have to get more. THank you very much for the great sauces and the ease of buying them.-My husband ,Ken, knows Scott from Drakes or EMSL. Thanks Scott."
"First time to try Lucky Dog - This was our first time to try Lucky Dog Hot Sauce. It is, hands down, my new favorite line of sauces!"
"Good Stuff! You have a winner with these sauces. I can eat that stuff on chips like salsa! Great job on the product!"
"Impressions so far - I have only tried the medium sauce so far and can say that it extremely good. I will be trying the mild one on scrambled eggs soon. Very pleased with my purchase and would recommend them to anyone. Bill"
"Fabulous Sauces! I am sending the Lucky Dog trio to deployed Troops in Afghanistan. They are going to love the flavors."
"If it doesn't make you sweat, it's not hot enough! LDHS has the right amount of heat but what sets it apart from others is the flavor! Fire roasting the chilies and garlic add a fantastic flavor that is enhanced by the heat rather than challenged by it. LDHS also has the perfect acid balance that brightens the flavors without standing out like Tabasco and other Louisiana style hot sauces making LDHS a better accompaniment to a broader range of foods/flavors"
"Lucky Dog - Best hot sauce ever thank you Lucky Dog"
"Lucky Dog Hot Sauce is a hit! Lucky Dog Hot Sauce remains our favorite hot sauce ever! It's robust and flavorful taste is a hit with the entire family and a wonderful compliment to almost every dish I prepare! Thanks, Lucky Dog! I'll be back for more!"
"Awesome sauces! Would highly recommend! I got my sauces promptly and he gave me an extra one too! They are very tasty!"
"Best hot sauce ever! Bought it because a friend of mine won't shut up about it on facebook... turns out she's absolutely right about how good it is! I highly recommend it to everyone."
"The Best Hot Sauce is LDHS! I have been a long time fan of LDHS since it's humble beginning. I go back and forth between which one I love the most, but I keep coming back to the green. I can practically drink the stuff (and almost do). Keep up the good work SZ.... I put that "ish" on everything."
"I love this stuff! I have tried all three flavors and probably prefer the medium heat. I find myself looking for foods to use it with and modifying my cooking to accommodate the sauces. The first time a sauce has changed my eating style..."
"Best Hot Sauce ever! We love Lucky Dog Hot Sauce! Even our friends who don't use other sauces like! It's so flavorful and versatile and goes with everything from eggs to salads to meat! Thank you so much for making the best hot sauce I have ever used!"
"Whole family happy! Well I heard good things and have to say Im thrilled to find someone making such tasty sauces. The red label must be good because my wife has about finished it off. These sauces are all excellent and seem to compliment everything they touch. Just had morning bagel covered with their orange label goodness! Loving the LUCKY DOG up here in Oregon."
"Delicious as advertised"
"trio - we love em all."
"Really great hot sauce!" All three hot sauces are really awesome! All three have a nice smoky taste, and the medium and hot have a good amount of heat. I've been putting it on everything. Delicious!"
"Hot Stuff ! I've only opened the Mild, so far. Goes well with eggs and sausage, pork chops and rice, hamburger and fries. Will try with other dishes as time goes on. Thanks to my friend Keith for recommending Lucky Dog Hot Sauce."
"So Versatile! I bought all three because I am fanatical about hot sauce and my kids have different "heat" tolerances. The hot is fabulous on fish tacos, fried cat fish, baked or fried chicken, I used the medium blended with ketchup to give a little kick to sweet potato fries and the flavor is so yummy...made my eggs special! I haven't tried the mild...I have a feeling my daughter will be all over that as she is my least spicy kid but is always trying to find a way to jazz up her veggies!!! Thanks Lucky Dog!!!"
"Best sauce out there. This is by far my favorite hot sauce company. Highly recommended!"
"Just WOW! I'm going through this stuff pretty quick. I love it on eggs in the morning -- a perfect marriage!"
"great sauce! green label is great! wonderful full bodied sauce that goes on anything."
"This is my second Internet order of Lucky Dog and it was just as good as the first service wise. The company communicates with it customers and keeps them informed of the order and produces. It is now the only hot sauce I purchase."
"Green Label - This is a great sauce...I need a bigger bottle!"
"Best green sauce hands down - We were so impressed with this green sauce! Flavorful and savory."
"Lucky Dog Mild Green Hot sauce - This is one of my favorite Green style hot sauces. A little heat but not too much. Very versatile and will pair up with most foods!"
"Get this sauce! This is one of a few hot sauces that I try to keep stocked all of the time. It is absolutely wonderful. Try it with Mexican, Pizza, Pork, Chicken... really just about anything."
"YUMMMM! I'm hooked! The flavor is so good. My friends who have also tried it love it too!"
"Excellent! We love your product and are happy to find out you started selling it online. <3 this is our second order from you and we look forward to ordering again in the future."
"Great Tasting Hotsauce - The hotsauce has such a good taste I buy mild just so i can pour it on my food in globs. If you would normally get hot I would suggest a medium just so you can use more."
"So good I want to put it on everything - From eggs to pasta I find myself reaching for this sauce at almost every meal. I am excited about all the great new flavors but this is by far the best!"
"Wow this is some gooooooood stuff - There is no wonder that there is so much fanfare and talk about this sauce. It is amazing and goes on anything also which most hot sauces cant say. It won all those awards for a reason. BUY SOME!!!!"
"Makes my breakfast even better - I wasn't big on using hot sauces before I was introduced to Lucky Dog. But it is not just a hot sauce, it has so much flavor that it enhances whatever you are eating. My favorite meal to have it with is breakfast, with my scrambled eggs. A little dash also makes my chili even better. Love it!"
"Greatest Hot Sauce Ever - I would eat this stuff even on ice cream!"
"We love Lucky Dog! Got these hot sauces for our office, and we love them all! They're a great addition to our hot sauce bar. Thanks Lucky Dog!"
"This sauce is the best hot sauce I ever had will recommend to everyone"
"Black Label is like "Black Tiger" I love the new black label. It has the perfect amount of heat, sweetness, garlic and flavor. Like all the LDHS's, it goes great on everything so it makes it hard to choose which one to use when. That's why I have all the flavors and close my eyes and grab a bottle. Black Label is new favorite!! Thanks again Hot Sauce Guy!!"
"Fantastic - Quick fast shipping. Excellent quality product."
"thank you sooo much! Will buy again thank you sooo much! It is wonderful to have a great hot sauce that doesn't have sugar, thank you!"
"Great all around hot sauce - bought a 6 pack and an extra pink label, great flavor. I would recommend these sauces to everyone."
"reunited and it tastes so good! Thank you for making such a superior heat with amazing flavor that adds to the meal instead of being overpowering! Absolute yum!"
"Sorry it took so long - Wow, awesome hot sauce. It only lasted me a couple days because I used it so much. Best flavor of hot sauce I have ever had! Will buy again in the future."
"My go to sauce - I like hot sauce. I like trying different sauces. Vast variety of different peppers and brands are out there but when I want an everyday sauce that is AWESOME on anything, then it's time to use Lucky Dog. Pick your heat level desired and let any of these amazing sauces show you why Lucky Dog brand is the sauce I always go to."
"LDHS orange label - Great Flavor right away. Loads of garlic and roasted pepper. Taste like it just came off the grill. Little habanero flavor in the back of the throat but not overbearing. I love it with creole foods and meats. 10/10!"
"We love the hot sauce!"
"Awesome Sauce!!! The absolute best tasting hot sauce I have ever had. It was recommended online by a hot sauce reviewer on YouTube, Ted Barrus, I ordered it and have since reordered and will order a six pack soon."
"Prompt shipping - I read about this sauce on a BBQ forum, and I must say I am impressed. I received a sample of the green sauce as well, which goes great on eggs. Two thumbs up."
"Lucky Dog Saved My A@@! Recently I prepared a boneless chicken breast dish for guests. It was dry and lacking in flavor and I knew my guests would be underwhelmed. I opened my cabinet and found a bottle of Lucky Dog. I chopped up tomatoes and onions and added Lucky Dog sauce to create a quick chutney relish to serve atop the chicken. Great flavor and the guests loved it. Thanks for saving my a@@ Lucky Dog."
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Risks and challenges
When it comes to owning a company and selling a product there are always risks involved. To this point I've mitigated the risks with sound planning and diligent efforts. The harder I've worked, the more success I've had.
Of course there are ongoing external challenges that create risk, such as fluctuation in gas, insurance, materials and shipping costs, along with the increasing cost of high quality produce - but all of these should be manageable with proper planning and an appropriate pricing structure.
If this Kickstarter campaign is wildly successful (and that would be awesome!) that would mean having to make more Día del Perro sauce and/or potentially create additional delays for rewards fulfillment if something truly ridiculous happens.
In that event I'd have to hope that my supporters are as patient as they are generous.
Overall, the primary goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to mitigate the enormous risk that my old and busted van creates for this fledgling company.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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