Hot Juan reviews – Mrs H.S.Balls Chilli Chutney

by Hot Juan on November 2, 2010 · 0 comments

in Product Reviews

Mrs H.S.Balls Chilli Chutney

Mrs H.S.Balls Chilli Chutney

Mrs H.S.Balls is a product from South Africa and is manufactured by Unilever South Africa, I picked this up in my local Supermarket a few months ago, the bottle and style of the label gives this product a traditional homely look and feel, I hope it lives up to it.

The Brand dates back to around 1918, when Mrs Balls moved to Johannesburg with her family, the business grew and in 1921 they moved to Cape Town, then  after her Husband death  they moved  to Fish Hoek  and then Woodstock. Around 1957/58 they started exporting to the UK, the brand was purchased by Brooke Bond OXO and then again by Unilever who now export it around the world.

On opening you can see this is a much finer mixture than the British Branston style pickles we are used to and when you look at the ingredients you don’t see a list of root vegetables, this is a sweet fruit based chutney.

The initial smell is sweet and fruity with overtones of vinegar, I was not expecting this to have much heat in it, and for a moment as I tasted it the flavour of peaches burst in my mouth, sweet, sticky and lovely, then a very unexpected warmth, in fact much better and more interesting that the ingredients list and lead me to expect.

Ingredients: Sugar, Water, Vinegar, Dried Peaches (5%), Dried Apricots (1%), Onion (Fruit and Vegetables contain Preservative Sulphur Dioxide), Modified Corn Starch (E1422), Salt, Worcestershire Sauce ( Water, Vinegar, Molasses, Sugar, Caramel (E150c), Salt, Onions, Garlic, Chillies), Natural flavouring (Glutin), Chillies.

The texture a not chunky, but has nice pieces for Peach and apricot flesh  in the mix, it is very tasty, i was really ready not to like this expecting it to be mass market pulp dressed up, but its good very good indeed.

This is an ideal product to serve with cold meats, a great was to boost all that cold turkey that we all have coming in a few months time.

If you see it on the shelf of your local supermarket, buy some and give it a go at about £2.99 for a 470g bottle, it’s not bad value either.


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