Pain Is Good Cayenne Hot Sauce

by Martin 'Scooby' Arnold on June 20, 2012 · 0 comments

in Product Reviews

Pain is good - Cayenne Hot SauceBeing a fellow chilli head I’m sure we all agree on one thing right? ‘Pain is good’??? Which in all honest I think is an awesome name for a brand. Imported from the USA by, I bring you today ‘pain is good Cayenne hot sauce’. I have tried some of the other sauces under the pain name, same being really good, others not so. But all of them carry a certain characteristic that gets you worried. I am not sure if it’s the screaming in pain faces, or the fact that it has pain in the title even on this bottle which is clearly labelled mild. Measuring between 700 to 900 SHU’s my mind is soon put to rest. Pretty decent size bottle at 198g modelling a kind of hip flask look. Pictures are pretty comical especially the bloke on the left with the hat who clearly looks like he has had too much hot sauce and is paying for it hours down the line haha.

Good red colour with a very faint evidence of chilli inside. Big worry however is the consistency of the sauce, it looks extremely vinegary to me. Only one way to tell though right.

Ingredients: Aged Cayenne peppers, Vinegar, water, Sugar, Malt vinegar, Tomato paste, Garlic powder, Onion powder, Salt, Cayenne powder, Celery powder, Natural thickener, Ascorbic acid, Spices.

Bottle kindly provided by Hot-Headz

Ok then, vinegar and malt vinegar. Still concerned really. Many a sauce I have tried has overdone the vinegar with what could really have been a good sauce. Trying not to tar this sauce with the same brush, and thankfully there is some light at the end of the tunnel. The smell is not that of vinegar, but that of onion and tomato. Getting a hint of the celery powder too which is nice. Very much like a tomato and celery soup I had one time in Italy. So all is not bad.

Now for the taste test. Immediately greeted with Tomato and the onion following behind. This actually tastes like the soup I thought it smelt like. Only difference is the punch. Packs a nice poke which actually works really well with the flavours. Not a punch, just a little prod. With its consistency being so loose I can only see it having a few uses really. As a dip for some crisps or bread sticks, or possibly as a drizzle for some salad. If this was thicker then it would be perfect in a burger or maybe a pasta sauce yum yum.

I could not find a prize for this actual bottle but looking briefly on hot headz site (I try not too stay on there too long otherwise I end up buying half the stock) it seems that £3.99 is the going rate for this size bottle from the same brand. Could be wrong but if it is £3.99 then its not too bad at all really. You do get a good dollop for your dollar so to speak so why not get over to for a closer look 😀

Until next time guys, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out.


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