Heat up the party, then cool it down with these tropical flavors. I’ve found a trio of unusual hot sauces made with surprising ingredients as the focus. Plus, coconut “ice cream” that provides a non-dairy kick to frozen dessert.

What’s a party in tropical mode without some hot sauce on the premises? You’ve probably got friends that like to prove their tolerance for hot, hotter, and hottest varieties. Put these out on the buffet table and see what antics ensue. If you love Latin-inspired food, check out our party menu Latin Fiesta for more hot and spicy recipes and ideas.

[1] A Trio of Hot Sauces Hot What? Check out this trio of small batch hot sauces made with the most unusual ingredients.

• BLUE OWL VINES Artisan Organic Hot Sauce is made with tomatillos. $10.

• WANGCO Organic Carrot Habanero Hot Sauce Hare-Razer, uses carrots in the mix. $9.

• HABACADO Strawberry & Habañero Hot Sauce, for a touch of sweet with your heat. $8.

All three are available at Etsy.com

Nothing can take the place of coconut, the fruit that offers a soothing, nourishing water, in addition to its chunky, sweet meat. Take those flavors up to the coolest level, with a non-dairy frozen dessert in a variety of flavors. And pretend you are on the beach in Rio.

[2] Coconut Bliss Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Coconut lovers, this is the product for you. Coconut Bliss was created as an alternative to dairy ice cream not only for the great taste and health benefits that coconut milk provides, but also with the hope of lessening the ecological impacts of dairy farming. It’s just as creamy as regular ice cream, and has many flavors to choose from, including Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge, Ginger Cookie Caramel and Mint Galactica. Put a few tubs out at the party just to cover all the bases. coconutbliss.com

See more recipes for a hot and steamy Latin dance party in 07 A Latin Fiesta