When I ran a Hot Sauce Shop, how sadly many years ago, Melinda’s was one of the products we could never manage to get our hands on, at least twice a week, we would get someone email in asking to order a case of sauce, as they had tried it on holiday, and wanted to share it with all their friends, or at least stock up until their next holiday.
The bottle I have open today is the XXXtra Hot Sauce version of the recipe, the range of Original Habanero Pepper sauces go like this
- Melinda’s Hot Sauce
- Melinda’s Extra Hot Sauce
- Melinda’s XXXtra Hot Sauce
- Melinda’s XXXXtra Hot Sauce
Each follows the same recipe with different percentages of Habanero’s added to increase the heat.
Ingredients: Choice Red Habanero Peppers, Fresh Carrots, Onions, Lime Juice, Vinegar, Garlic and Salt.
Bottle Kindly provided by www.hot-headz.com
On opening the bottle, and removing the annoying plastic dropper contraption, the sauces smells very fresh and fruity, you will notice in the ingredients that carrots are very high up in the list, this may seem an odd and almost boring ingredient, but you will find carrots added to lots of hot sauces, they add sweetness, texture and help maintain the colour of the sauce.
This sauce has nice pieces of chilli flesh, and a good number of seeds floating in the mix, it once the dripper has been removed it pours nice and slowly from the bottle.
The poor old Habanero has lost it fear factor over the past few years and it has been overtaken in the heat stakes by the new superhot chillies (Naga Jolokia, Infinity Chilli, Naga Viper and now the Trinidad Scorpion), but it still has a heat that is a match for most people, and the flavour is fruity and is one of my favourites.
This sauce is a true classic Habanero sauce, I love the warmth as it pours over my tongue, it is nice for a change not to feel the sting of Naga, this time I get to enjoy this sauce, not endure (some times it takes me 3 of 4 attempts to identify the flavours in the super hot naga sauces as I get used to the heat). I can now feel the heat rolling around and the lime and then garlic each not over powering the fruit Habanero.
I enjoy the challenge of super hot sauces, but classic sauces like this are hard to beat.
You can order this and the rest of the Melinda’s range from Hot-Headz at www.hot-headz.com for just £3.99 per bottle.