The Reaper has been busy, very busy, flexing his scythe; his black cloak flowing in the air as he silently carries out his work. You need to keep your eyes peeled as we fast approach the end of October for “All Hallows Eve” or Halloween as it is better known as he has something special for a lucky few.
I am of course talking about Grim Reaper Foods Ltd run by Russell Williams, the Reaper himself. Russell is a professional chef by trade with over 20 years experience, and Halloween has extra special significance for him, as two years ago this Halloween he started trading as Grim Reaper Foods Ltd, and it’s been a busy couple of years with product development, launches and awards aplenty.
The Company started with one product, The Evil One, see the original review here.
This won Best Amateur Sauce at the National Chilli Awards at the April Fiery Foods Chilli Festival in Brighton in 2010. Since then this product has gone on to win other awards. In fact Russell has gone on to win multiple awards in the past two years including a further 6 National Chilli Awards, this year for best company and best labelling for his Hellraiser Chocolate, 2 Great Taste Awards and most recently a Bronze at the Scovie’s Awards in the US for his Purgatory Chocolate.
His has also been shortlisted for an Award at the Quality Food Awards and is up against some of the large supermarket giants. Russell has a range of over 15 products now available from his website and various food events.
But it’s The Evil One that has a special place in the company’s history, being the first product which launched the company. So the Reaper has something special lined up for a few lucky, or unlucky people this Halloween.
To celebrate the two year anniversary of the company, Russell has created a very special limited edition version of The Evil One. These differ from the original in a few ways. As you can see from the picture, the bottles have different labels, the bottles are individually numbered, and the tops are adorned with red and gold wax. They have officially had the Reaper treatment!
But there is one key ingredient that is different; the usual 1 million SHU Oleoresin has been replaced with the 12 million SHU version! (Russell made his own Oleoresin for The Evil One that won him that original best amateur award, he explains how here)
Now as I said these are limited edition, there are only 40 bottles available worldwide, and they will only be available on the Grim Reaper Foods website from 12.01am on the 31st October. They are priced at £12 plus postage.
Maximum of 3 bottles per order/person, orders for more will be cancelled, as the Reaper wants to share his pain with as many victims as possible!
Once these are gone they are gone, never to be seen again. Each bottle will come with a 5ml “taster” bottle of the sauce if you are brave enough to try it! Russell also tells me that the lucky 7th and unlucky 13th order placed will receive their bottle but will have a slight variation, intriguing!
So either stay up late or set your alarms for the early hours. You could of course risk waiting until daylight on the 31st, but there are only 40 bottles. Grab yourself a piece of chilli history and while you are there, have a look at the Reapers other wares. Good luck!