Mr Vikki’s – XXX Hot Chilli Jam

by Rob House on November 7, 2012 · 0 comments

in Product Reviews

Mr Vikki’s are a small company with a growing range of over 40 products. Their best selling product is Mr Vikki’s Chilli Jam which has recently been awarded 2 stars in the 2012 Great Taste Awards and “Best Chilli Jam or Sweet Chilli Sauce” at the Fiery Foods UK Festival. To commemorate their recent success, Mr Vikki’s have created XXX Hot Chilli Jam – a special edition of their Chilli Jam and the product which I will be reviewing today.

Given this product’s name, you’d be forgiven for expecting to see strawberries of raspberries on the list of ingredients. However, this is not jam in the traditional sense – this is a versatile, savoury preserve which is marketed as a great alternative to ketchup or relish.

Upon removing the lid from the standard 205g jar, there is a sweet, inviting aroma of red peppers and tomatoes. The initial sweetness is then followed by the scent of chillies and a hint of garlic and other spices.

This jam is a resplendent red in colour which is reminiscent of both the original product and their Tomato and Nigella Chutney. Nigella seeds also feature in this product and can be seen dispersed throughout the jam alongside a similar quantity of mustard seeds.

Ingredients:

Peppers, Fresh Tomatoes, Onions, Red Savina Chillies 10%, Bhut Jolokia 5%, Vinegar, Garlic, Mustard, Salt, Spices

Jar purchased from Hot-Headz

The product carries an 8 chilli-rating, so I decide to err on the side of caution with my first spoonful. Initially, I am greeted by the sweetness of the tomatoes, peppers and onion. A couple of seconds later the sweetness subsides slightly, allowing the other ingredients to take centre stage. At the same time a pleasant warmth continues to build but does not become overpowering. It is quite hard to put my finger on a particular flavour, but the garlic and slight pepperiness of the Nigella seeds are present. The flavours work wonderfully together.

The jam has a nice sticky consistency and spreads nicely. It makes a great addition to sandwiches, burgers and cheese on toast, but would work equally well as a cooking ingredient. A quick glance at the Mr Vikki’s website reveals a few more suggestions including stir-fries and marinades amongst other ideas.

Unlike other products in the range, the XXX Hot Chilli Jam does not adorn the vibrant yellow labels which have become synonymous with the Mr Vikki’s brand. Instead, this special edition has black, gold and red labelling which gives the product a premium look.

At £3.75 this product is slightly more expensive than the original which is currently priced at £3.50. However, I feel that this represents good value for a special edition product of this high standard. You can grab a jar direct from Mr Vikki’s or from Hot-Headz.

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(7/10)
Packaging
(9/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(9/10)

 

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