Bitchin’ Sauce – Original & Chipotle

Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond is a co-founder of Ashland Creek Press. She is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short story collection Forgetting English.

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We don’t have access to Bitchin’ Sauce where we live, so it’s a joy to visit California, home of this small company, where we can easily find Bitchin’ Sauce in all of its six flavors. This is not a vegan cheese, exactly; however, it can be used in so many ways that cheese can.

We began our many tastings with Bitchin’ Original, which is savory and delicious. The ingredient list is very short (water, almonds, grapeseed oil, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, Bragg Liquid Aminos, garlic, spices, sea salt), especially given how incredibly flavorful this vegan spread is. The word “sauce” is a bit misleading in that this “sauce” is thick enough to spread on bread or crackers. While not smooth in texture, it’s  wonderfully creamy.

We also tried the Chipotle flavor, which has all the deliciousness of the original with a lot more kick.

The consistency is even less smooth than the original, and it’s also not quite as thick; this sauce is more for dipping than for spreading.

That said, it was great on a sandwich (especially if eaten immediately — keep in mind that Bitchin’ Sauce, and all things it’s slathered upon, needs to be refrigerated), and it also works nicely spread on crackers and bread. With the combination of spices, the chipotle flavor is especially perfect with tortilla chips and spread on tortilla wraps.