How to spice up your summer vacation

After being cooped up for so long, many people say they’re ready to leave the last year or so behind.

For some, that means spicing things up before the summer season winds down. If you’re still looking for ways to turn up the heat on your summer vacation, you’re probably not alone. More than 60-percent of people who responded to a recent TUMS survey said they were looking forward to eating a meal this summer they weren’t able to enjoy during the pandemic. We all know food brings people together, especially friends and extended family, so it only makes sense that food becomes a driver as we all, hopefully, put the pandemic behind us.

As it turns out, some foods are more popular than others, and spicy foods seem to lead the way. The survey found tacos at the top of the list when it comes to spicy food Americans crave the most. Along with tacos, salsa, Buffalo Hot wings and chili all made the list. While the survey didn’t necessarily distinguish between different preferences on the Scoville scale, it seems at least a little spice can still go a long way.

Luckily, there are all kinds of ways to spice up mealtime, no matter whether you’re craving a spicy bowl of chili, some snack time salsa or even tacos. Whenever your food needs an extra kick, a little hot sauce likely hits the spot. You can add in the heat while you cook, or top it off before digging in. You don’t have to go overboard, either. Try adding in a small amount to begin with, then adding in more as you see fit. When it comes to the hot sauce scale, things can really get heated, so know your limits, but don’t be afraid to experiment when it comes to climbing up the hot pepper scale.

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