Pace's new Thick and Chunky Salsa was test-marketed in Salt Lake City, since this area consumes 112,875 gallons of salsa a year. (We're the seventh leading salsa consumer in the nation.) The 16-ounce bottle retails at Smith's for $2.19.

Kay Hadley: "Pace's Thick & Chunky Salsa was a hit at our house. We like the thick sauce and large chunks of onion and green pepper. The flavor is good and we'll definitely purchase more."Don Russell: "We had the hot version of this salsa and it was exactly that - hot. Too hot. We thought the flavor was very good, but we couldn't savor it for a split second with the hot spices and peppers. If you are one of those who likes the `heat' turned up, this salsa is for you."

Doris Wilding: "If a salsa sauce is too hot for Tommy, I don't even dare try it! But Tommy thought the hot Pace's was `the best!' I asked him if he liked it even better than my homemade and he said, `Yes!' This was a little too hot for me, so if you're not a fire-eater you might want the mild or medium."

Judy Slack: "We had the medium and we wouldn't want it any hotter. My kids said never buy anything else. It was thick, chunky and good. I might buy the mild just to try it."

Edyth Jensen: "My family really enjoyed this salsa but it was very `warm' for a mild salsa! We will buy this again."

Linda C. Tingey: "My boys thought this was just `awesome!' My oldest son wiped out the whole bottle. I only got to taste a little of it so it's on the grocery list already. We tested the medium and it might be a little hot for some tastes."

Conclusion: This is really hot stuff in more ways than one! Our testers absolutely adored Pace's new Thick and Chunky Salsa, but if you have timid taste buds, better stick with the mild version.

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