Is Ed Sheeran’s Hot Sauce Any Good? Tingly Ted’s Review

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Everyone seems to be making their own hot sauce these days. UFC’s Dustin Poirier has a surprisingly delicious buffalo-style sauce on the market. The Offspring’s Dexter Holland has the tasty Gringo Bandito collection…

And now, Ed Sheeran has released his own hot sauces called Tingly Ted’s.

Tingly Teds Sauce Bundle
Tingly Ted’s – Tingly Sauce (left) & Xtra Tingly Sauce (right).

Heat: 1/5 Very low heat (even “Xtra Tingly”) – more of a tingle than a burn.
Flavor: 4/5 Ketchupy with a twist of lemon and ginger.
Value: 3/5 Reasonable base price, though shipping may be expensive.
Overall rating: 3.5/5A zesty ketchup-like sauce with a tickle of heat.

Tingly Ted’s Hot Sauce Review and Flavor

We were recently talking about how ketchup doesn’t really have any competition. It has dominated the hot dog condiment market for ages.

It’s no secret the Tingly Ted’s is squarely aimed at that market, with Ed Sheeran having a dream to make the “ketchup of hot sauces.” So, the main ingredients of Tingly Ted’s target that thick, smooth texture of ketchup, with an added kick.

Flavor notes

  • Lemon-infused ketchup
  • Touch of ginger (I assume Ed Sheeran wanted that ingredient added)
  • Goopy texture, like ketchup

How to use it…

  • Burgers and hot dogs
  • French fries
  • Eggs (if you like ketchup on eggs)
  • As a slightly spicy ketchup alternative
Tingly Teds Tingly Sauce Ingredients and nutrition facts
Tingly Ted’s Ingredients – Tingly Sauce (left) and Xtra Tingly Sauce (right).

Both sauces have similar ingredients. JalapeƱos start off the list on both Tingly Ted’s sauces, followed by vinegar, tomato paste, lemon pulp, and sugar. The lemon does come through in the flavor, adding a tingly sensation to the sauce.

Then, ginger makes an appearance (do you think this has anything to do with Ed’s hair?). I actually love ginger, so this is a welcome ingredient in my book.

Smoked sea salt and smoked paprika both add a slight depth of flavor. And, though these sauces are not very spicy at all, they both contain chili pepper extract. Kinda weird.

Ed Sheeran on stage with Tingly Ted's

Note: You may have noticed that both sauces are distributed by Kraft Heinz Foods. I have to say, if you’re going to collaborate with a company on a ketchup sauce, Heinz is probably a good choice.


How Hot is Tingly Ted’s Hot Sauce?

If you want to make a ketchup-like sauce, you’re appealing to a huge audience. As a result, the base “Tingly Sauce” is very mild. The Xtra Tingly Sauce does kick things up a bit, but not much.

If I had to guess, I’d peg the Tingly Sauce around 1,000 SHUs, and the Xtra Tingly Sauce at 2,000 SHUs on the Scoville scale. These are only guesses, as no official heat rating has been announced.

If you’ve had Sriracha or Frank’s Red Hot, then you’ll be familiar with this heat level. It is just enough to know something strange is happening in your mouth, without ever reaching “painful.”

Tingly Teds Xtra Tingly Sauce closeup
Tingly Ted’s Xtra Tingly Sauce has a consistency similar to ketchup.

As the name would suggest, it has more of a tingle than any sort of burn. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Not every hot sauce has to knock your socks off. However, the low heat means that it will be very easy to go through a bottle quickly.

I am looking forward to “The Ghost Of Ted” sauce (unconfirmed) with ghost peppers, or at least something hotter than jalapeƱo. For now, I’ll enjoy dousing my chicken fingers and french fries in Xtra Tingly Sauce.


Overall Thoughts on Tingly Ted’s

It’s hard to make a statement in the saturated hot sauce market. However, this angle of a spicy hot sauce is special, and suites Ed Sheeran’s brand well. I like the sauce, though it isn’t an instant favorite. See our favorites here.

Some hot sauces are delicious straight off the spoon. This one, not so much. But who cares, as long as it compliments food, right?

Tingly Teds Xtra Tingly Sauce

I would love to see an even hotter variant come from Tingly Ted’s. Maybe a habanero-infused sauce with a similar ingredient list would shake things up and be more exciting to the true hot sauce junkies.

Given that this is basically just a ketchup-with-a-kick, I think the price is a bit higher than it’s worth. However, if your spice tolerance is low but you like a slight tingle, you’d probably love some Tingly Ted’s at your next backyard BBQ!


Tingly Teds Tingly Sauce Bundle Packaging

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5 Comments

  1. Anything Modified is GM Crap. I too made the mistake of purchasing this product, unaware of the face behind it. It went straight in the bin, I haven’t tasted anything quite like it before. I guess it’s a Marmite thing.

  2. I love this stuff. Nice slow burn and that ginger is just fantastic. I just bought it today so only had a quick taste but I’m going to use this on everything I’d normally put hot sauce on. Can’t wait.

  3. I was significantly disappointed by this sauce. Actually I didn’t realise it had anything to do with Ed Sheeran. If I had, I would have avoided it due to his notoriety. This hot sauce tastes like toilet cleaner. It makes your tacos taste like pine air freshener. I’ve gone straight back to beloved Firelli hot sauce. The Italians know how to do it… leave it to them.

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