Lets try this Habanero based sauce with a simple ingredients list we look forward to giving our verdict and where better than to do this, yep we use Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to give our decision on this chili sauce.

Ingredients: Red Habanero Peppers, Garlic, Vinegar, Lime & Salt.

Made & available from: Mr Saucy

Priced at: $7.95 (Price correct at time of publication)
Bottle size: 5 Fl Oz (148ml)


Devon Fire Chutney is an onion, pepper and orange chutney from Otter Vale Products a small Devon based family business who produce a range of hand-made chutneys, savoury jellies, and other food accompaniments. Their website and packaging emphasises that their products are handmade using the finest ingredients (locally sourced where possible) with no artificial colours or flavourings and they are gluten free. A quick look at their chutney range demonstrates a company who appear to be willing to experiment and try different and interesting flavour combinations (Curried peach chutney and Minted Goosebury to name but two). Their products have won a number of awards including Devon Fire Chutney which was a Gold Winner at the Taste of the West awards.

Otter Vale Products Devon Fire Chutney

The chutney comes in a typical 225g jar and costs £2.25. The packaging is clear and simple with illustrations of some of the ingredients in the product, in a style which you would typically associate with similar products from family businesses.

Ingredients: Sugar, Acetic Acid, Onions (26%), Peppers (11%), Maize Starch, Oranges (3.75%), Chillies, Salt, Spice.

Now, being a fan of all things chillies I like to know what chillies were used in a product, after all chillies have a diverse range of different flavours, smells and heat, so I’m always a little disappointed when a product’s ingredients simply states ‘chillies’, however a quick look at Otter Vale’s website informs me that the chilli used in Devon Fire Chutney is the fruity and fiery Scotch Bonnet.

I’ve never had orange in a chutney before and as someone who is not a fan of marmalade I was initially unsure whether this would be a product for me, however I’m pleased to say I was proven wrong.

When I open the jar I initially smell the vinegar followed by the fruitiness of the orange and a hint of coriander, which automatically reminds me of a good homemade Mango Chutney, my instinct is to grab a stack of poppadoms and get stuck into to the chutney but, alas there were no poppadoms, so I use a Jacobs cracker instead. The chutney has a nice sticky consistency with small chunks of onion, pepper and Scotch bonnet. From my first taste I’m won over, the chutney has a sweet tangy flavour from the orange and onions, with a hint of coriander. This is quickly followed by a decent, but not overwhelming burn from the Scotch Bonnets. The orange gives the chutney a subtle citrus flavour and it really helps bring out the fruitiness of the peppers and Scotch Bonnets. Every now and then I’m surprised by a burst of coriander in my mouth as I bite into a seed but it’s not unpleasant.

For me the great thing about this Chutney is how versatile it is. As I mentioned, it would go very well with poppadoms and other Indian cooking as an alternative to mango chutney. It would also be a great chutney to bring out at Christmas to have with cold meats or as a very welcome addition to your cheese board. The sweet tangy flavours would really complement a mature cheddar or stilton, but at only £2.25 a jar why wait for special occasions when a dollop would also enliven an otherwise dull cheese sandwich.

Value (10/10)


Greenhouse Sensation Duogrow
Ever fancied getting you hands on a Duogrow Planter, well now Greenhouse Sensation is running an offer where you can save £5 all you have to do is place your order online (follow this link) nd you will automatically get the discount, but you must order before Midnight Friday 2nd October 2015.

Below is a short video by the Clifton Chilli Club on how to use and setup your Duogrow,

Note: If you are running a special offer and we have the time/space in the schedule, please let us know we may publish you offer here as well?


We have talked about creating an awards scheme for the past few years and I always put it off for another year. I wanted to create an award scheme that is similar to the Great Taste Awards, or the Chelsea Flower Show RHS Awards but just for chilli based products.


The proposed ChileFoundry awards would provide Gold, Silver and Bronze awards to products that we think are exceptional. There would be some basic categories, but each category could have any number of each level of awards within them. We would also provide awards to companies that we think have done exceptional work during the year to promote the UK chilli scene.

The plan is to start promoting the awards in March with the awards being awarded in August/September, we will be sending out information emails to as many companies as we know about. The Awards will also be promoted in the national/local and specialist press.

Designs of the certificates is under way ready for examples to be ready for March 2016, for the first year to enter a product is completely free. We will see how much it costs us to run the awards. We will also be looking at some of the UK chilli festivals to see if we can make the awards at one of the UK events.

The 2015 Chilefoundry Award

This year however we are giving away just one award. We are looking for a company/individual that has impressed us/you with their effort and commitment and enthusiasm to promote and expand their business. This is open to anyone involved in the UK chilli market.

We would like you to propose who you think should get the 2015 award using the form below, we will then make our selection based on recommendations.


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