The South West of England has a large percentage of the UK Chilli Farms, it must be the quality of the soil and the warmer micro climate that lends itself to growing chillies! One of the most established is South Devon Chilli Farm based in Loddiswell, Devon. They have two sites, a large range of products, an onsite café and a visitor friendly Polytunnel. Here we have their Sweet Thai Chilli Sauce.
This sauce is very appealing to the eye, the bright white label contrasting against the deep orange translucent liquid behind. The liquid looks like orange marble, and has small pieces of garlic and lots of dried red chilli.
Sugar, Cider Vinegar, Garlic, Dried Chilli (1%), Fresh Habanero (1%)
Bottle kindly supplied by South Devon Chilli Farm
It has the very familiar aroma of a Thai Sauce, I am surprised the ingredients list is so short and simple. It is very strong garlic flavour which is great as long as you are not a vampire!
This is quite a mild sauce although the label says Medium heat, and as with all chilli products there should be a good balance between the two.
There are a lot of Sweet Chilli Sauces out there and too many taste of vinegar but this is different, the sugar seems to be able to hide the aggressiveness of the cider vinegar.
Another common trait of these sauces is a high seed content, and this particular sauce only has the odd one or two. Given that chilli seeds contain no capsaicin and if not cooked enough can be a little unpleasant to crunch on.
This sauce would be great as a dipping sauce or as a glaze for any meat due to the high sugar content.
Available from the South Devon Chilli Farm website for £3.57