If your anything like me then despite all your chilli cravings, hot sauce fetishes and just plain love for all that is hot but still fancy something a touch of the norm? Yup, I’m talking about ketchup. (Which has actually got me thinking, if a tomato is a fruit then is ketchup a jam?) Wouldnt it be great to find a product that caters for both? Many I have tried in the past have crashed and burned so in all honesty I dont hold out much hope for this one in the sense of its been done before and failed. The only glimmer of hope remains in the fact that its a Hot-Headz.com product. Deadly hot chilli ketchup, Roasted naga.

Hot Headz Roasted Naga Deadly Hot Chilli Ketchup390g bottle with as per usual, the sexy looking glossy label. The bottle is a fair size so the label only covers the bottom half leaving the top to show off all its glory that is the ketchup. The sauce itself if rich ruby red with flecks of seed and black floating about. Typical consistency of a ketchup product and the only real tell tale sign that this is a chilli ketchup is due to the seeds.

Ingredients: Water, Tomato paste, Sugar, Roasted habanero (6.18%), Glucose, Naga jolokia (4.45%), Salt, Corn starch, Acetic acid, Onion, Ascorbic acid, Cinnamon and clove.

My apologies if this review is going to fast for you but dont worry…… you’ll KETCHUP ;)

Enough of the bad jokes, you want to know about flavour. Now this is a difficult one for me as I am not a big fan of the naga flavour at all, but as far naga goes this is pretty good stuff. You get the initial fruity sweet blast that is your typical ketchup but with a very noticeable roasted flavour coming through. Initial heat is fairly mild but it does not take long before this is rapidly ramped up quicker than a quick thing going quick. Sharp stabbing heat the floods the mouth on an awesome level. Fruity, hot and smooth textured, a very saucy little number this.

It is not your everyday run of the mill ketchup, this actually works as a chilli ketchup really well. But, seems to be a hell of a lot more versatile that your normal slap the bottom of the bottle sauce. With its heat and roasted flavour this would be great as an addition to pasta dishes and marinades. Great little all rounder with all areas complimenting each other. I stated earlier that I am not a lover of Naga, well I’m still not. But this sauce has the fruity sweetness of a tomato sauce, a lovely roast flavour too. An early(ish) heat from the habs followed by a creeping but hot hot tho burn from the naga. And for me, on a good note, not a great deal of naga flavour. Win win win win win. Seems to me as though the naga passes on more of its heat characteristics rather than flavour.

Looks as though this sauce is selling for a mere £3.99 and for what you get is peanuts in comparison.Worth every penny as its hot, tasty and a good size bottle. Defo one for a summer bbq. Lashings of it on your burger or on your hot dog if your a hot sausage lover.

Value (9/10)

Before I go,one last thing.

Knock knock!! (Who’s there), Ketchup……….. O how immature am i ;)

Remember guys, if it burns going in it will burn coming out.


Reported in the Mirror a few days ago was what could be the replacement for the Ice Bucket Challenge. The Chilli Challenge AKA the PUPI Challenge involves eating a chilli pepper on video and then challenging or calling out four of the friends to do the same for a donation to the PUPI foundation of just £1.50, $2 or 2 Euro (The donation can be done on the PUPI web site).

The challenge was started by Argentinian football star Javier Zanetti, who’s nickname just happens to be Pupi, who with his wife set up the PUPI Foundation.The aim of the organization is to help children who were left impoverished by the country’s economic crisis by giving them educational opportunities, as well as taking care of their nutritional requirements.

So who are you going to challenge……


Family run Chillilicious was Scotland’s first and original chilli farm has just opened its much upgraded web site www.chillilicious.co.uk.

Chillilicious New Web Site

2015 looks like being a great year for Chillilicious and sees the farm expanding with a visitors area with a dedicated all chilli farm shop, PYO (pick your own) chilli tunnel, peek-a-boo style working kitchen, teaching glass studio and biodiversity nature trail.

This year they will grow around 4,000 chilli plants, producing upto 12,000Kg of fresh chilli pods from about 50-75 different varieties.


Tesco logoTesco may be having a hard time at the moment, but sales of Chilli sauces are growing rapidly, it has expanded it range from twenty to fifty product in the past 5 years.

  • East End Very Hot Green Chilli Sauce up 100% in the past year
  • Cholula up 80%
  • Encona Creole Pepper Sauce up 70%
  • Encona African Peri Peri Sauce up 50%

Matt Clark, Tesco world foods buying manager, said: “Not only have we more than doubled our range of hot sauces in the last five years, we have also brought in hotter varieties to meet the big demand. Interest has also been created by popular TV programmes such as Man v. Food which have featured chilli challenges making these sauces popular with young adults in particular.

This year Tesco plans to extend its range of extra hot chilli sauces even further.

This can only be good news for the artisan hot sauce maker, a bigger market means more potential customers to convert.

Source – NamNews – Wednesday 8th April 2015

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