Sriracha hot sauce produces 3,000 bottles an hour, 24 hours a day, six days a week, selling 20 million bottles a year. Yet nobody really knows what is actually inside the fiery bottle. Now, however, we do. The team over at WIRED broke down the ingredients and it turns out that each bottle offers a mix of different ingredients such as red jalapeños home-grown in Valencia, California to give it that extra kick, garlic to add aroma, sugar to soften the kick, salt which helps balance the taste, distilled vinegar to help activate sour taste receptors, and xanthan gum to “cling” to tofu, eggs or oatmeal.

Watch the video below and check out the full piece here.

Words by Enoch Kabalo