It has been a while since we covered the Oxford University developed portable Scoville Tester, well a company called Bio-X from Singapore licensed the technology and have been working on making a device they could sell.

Bio-X Handheld Scoville Meter

Bio-X has now announced that they will be shipping in the 3rd qtr of 2015 the unit will costs 4,000.00 USD FOB Singapore, the carbon Nanotube electrodes with sell for between 15.00 and 20.00 USD each dependent on quantity (in the original design theses where reusable). Order are now being taken for the delivery of the first batch of units. you can get further information at the Bio-X web site as well as simple explanation of how to use the device.


Over the Sunday the 3rd and Bank Holiday Monday the 4th of May 2015 is the Eastnor Chilli Festival, which is held with the beautiful backdrop of Eastnor Castle, which is well worth a tour, providing a great location for one of the first chilli festivals of the year.

Easton Castle Chilli Festival

To get an idea of what to expect you can also read our reviews of the 2012 and 2013 events.

You can get details of this festival from the Easton Castle Website


Bernie Bumm at Quay Side Market NewcastleWhile this may sound like a local medical complaint it was not a major problem for me as the real Bernie Bumm is Earl Gough a hot sauce maker with a stall at the Quay Side Market each Sunday in Newcastle.

The name comes from one of the more delightful side effect of hot chillies. It was after a bit of a drunken evening and the local takeaways hottest curry that there was that now famous EUREKA moment and the idea was born to create some super hot sauces. After a few experiments and the lucky discovery of that well known back-side effect of chillies the name and the business was born.

There are now a number of sauces in the range including Original, Original Garlic, Smoky Original and Rim Reaper as well as a couple of new products on the stall for testing. Also available are Bernie Bumm flavoured burgers and sausages, but as they are make fresh on Saturdays you may have to special order them for collection at the stall.

You can order Bernie Bumm Hot Sauces online at but I do recommend a visit to the stall for a tasting. Expect a sauce review soon, we now have a bottle of the Rim Reaper sauce in the schedule.


I found these on a visit to our favourite farm shop “Dart Farm Shop” neat Exeter. I can recommend visiting them we often do just for the breakfast before a bit of light shopping…

Burts Guinness® Rich Beef Chilli Flavoured CrispsThese crisps do really taste a bit like a Guinness Beef flavoured Chilli, even the what looks like the complete absence of both beef and Guinness. There is unfortunately very little heat from the Paprika and Chilli Extracts. The basic crisps and excellent, not to thick and with a fresh and satisfying crunch I would expect from a Burts product.

Ingredients: Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, Sugar, Yeast Extract Powder, Salt, Natural Flavourings (Barley), Onion Powder, Paprika Powder, Barley Malt Extract Powder, Spices, Tomato Powder, Herbs, Acid: Citric Acid, Natural Colour: Paprika Extract, Chilli Extract.

On the back of the packet they say “The Heat Goes On – Continuing our mission to take taste buds to new extremes, we’ve taken fresh jalapeño chillies and juicy, succulent beef flavours and infused the world’s most iconic stout to create Guinness® Rich Beef Chilli Burts Chips. Not for the faint hearted these thick cut, hand cooked crisps pack some serious punch, with rich, deep layers of authentic flavour, that will have you coming back crunch after crunch…” not sure they know what heat means here…

I got the 40g bag for I think about 75p, but I have also seen that a 150g bag is available from Tescos for £1.99. They are worth a try but they are not going to set the world alight for their chilli heat, but I really enjoyed them and will probably pick up a few more packs for my lunches..

Value (8/10)

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