By Deanna Garcia
October 4, 2019
Real estate development is not the only thing that’s hot in the Bronx. Now making a hot impression are two New York City based hot-and-pepper sauce companies that are healthy, too: they both grow their low sodium.
Incredibly Guiatrie Sapp was inspired to create her pepper sauce, 5IslandBlend, when her husband, Randall Sapp, had a heart attack. She came up with a recipe that contained low sodium for him so he could continue enjoying the hot and pepper flavoring that he loves.
“For people with high blood pressure,” she said, “This product is great because you don’t have to stop your daily use of hot or pepper sauce.”
She told thisistheBronX that the name 5IslandBlend was inspired by the five different peppers they use in their sauces and their five-person family.
“People like the sauce because it doesn’t overpower what you’re eating,” said Randall. “Instead it compliments what you’re eating.”
5IslandBlend currently has three flavors: Signature Spicy Pepper Sauce, Signature Pepper Sauce, and 5 Island Blend Hot Sauce that are a mixture of red wine vinegar, Italian and Caribbean fresh peppers, and very little kosher salt.
“This is more than a sauce for us,” Randall said.” Everyone in our family, in their own way, is involved in the business.”