A nice mid-ranger from Belize, this sits slap in the middle of the day-to-day use bracket. If you ignore the sucker warnings slapped all over it – “Do not play tricks on the weak of elderly with this sauce”; “You say you like it hot? Here’s the challenge that will prove it” – you’ll find a likeable, additive-free sauce which works with pretty much anything.
It’s bright red – thanks to the inclusion of carrots, I think – and offers a neat blend of habs, lime and vinegar. The heat level’s fine, but it’s hardly worthy of the “must be strong to handle this sauce” text on the label.
Ingredients: Habanero Pepper Mash, Capsium Oil, Fresh Carrots, White Vinegar, Lime Juice, Tomato, Creole Spices, Onions, Garlic and Salt.
Bottle kindly provided by www.hot-headz.com
The sauce itself is thin and the bottle has a stopper, so you can shake it over meals in drops. It’s good, if a little unremarkable.
I reach for this when I’m eating everyday pasta and rice dishes, as it’s not overpoweringly flavoursome and adds a mild note of background heat. If you take it off the spoon you’ll get a hab burn on the top of the throat and tip of the tongue, but it dies away quickly. There’s plenty of salt in it.
Hot Headz imports it. At £4.99 for 148ml it’s nice enough, but probably one for the completists.