Melinda’s Original Habanero Pepper Sauce Review

by Marty Greenwell on October 13, 2011 · 0 comments

in Product Reviews

Melinda's Hot Habanero pepper Sauce

Melinda's Hot Habanero pepper Sauce

From Melinda’s comes the Original Habanero Pepper Sauce, one of around twenty different varieties. The sauce itself is created by a Costa Rican producer and imported by the Figueroa Brothers from Texas, eventually making its way to the UK via Hot Headz.

All the Melinda bottles are similar in design with the same pouting face of a woman, (presumably Melinda herself, who definitely hasn’t eaten a bunch of Naga Jolokias), with just the clear bold text and background colour changing across the range. Be sure then, if you have a stack of these, that you pick the correct one out on the right occasion. Other than the usual nutritional information, there’s not much else there and definitely no wild claims about being the world’s hottest sauce, only wholesome natural ingredients.

Ingredients: Fresh Carrots, Choice Red Habanero Peppers, Onions, Lime Juice, Vinegar, Garlic and Salt.

Bottle kindly provided by

Once the bottle is open, the escaping aroma is quite acrid. There’s a distinct, robust vinegar nose, but don’t let that put you off too much because the flavours of the sauce are not overwhelmed by this component. There’s also a hint of garlic that creeps into the nasal cavity, but the habanero chillies are adept at hiding away their presence.

The sauce pours easily on the spoon, with small flecks of the chillies visible in the orangey mixture. The acerbic aroma is less intimidating on the tongue as it lingers on the taste buds, while the more fruity tones and heat of the habaneros puncture through the vinegar, leaving a pleasing flavour in the mouth, tempting the taster to sample another spoonful with its more seductive qualities.

Melinda’s Habanero is a pleasant sauce that will be particularly good with more starchy foods such as rice and chips, something that can help cut through the more bitter parts of the sauce. It comes in the standard 148ml bottle at a healthy £3.99 so it matches its rivals in cost, while providing a middling heat and lively overall flavour and experience. I shall definitely be checking out some others in the Melinda’s range.


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