I was in two minds whether to review this product, being as the main ingredient is Rhubarb, a real love or hate flavour, and in my opinion a brave ingredient to use in a mainstream product. I’m not a big fan of Rhubarb but decided to put my aversion aside to review Mad-Ass Rudebarb ‘n’ Jalapeno.
The contents do look interesting , with the chopped fibres of the Rhubarb clearly visible along with the odd red chunk and seed of the Jalapeno. I assume this is meant to be a sweet sauce and not a jam as it is quite runny.
The label is in their familiar style with the menacing chilli, I think the quality of the labels could be improved a little but I am sure that will be developed in due course. Although the label attracts the customer to the product, ultimately it is the contents which are important.
Preserving Sugar, English Rhubarb, Jalapeno Chillies, Root Ginger, Distilled Malt Vinegar
Bottle kindly supplied by Mad-Ass Foods UK
Once the jar is open, there is a great sweet aroma and obviously the Rhubarb, the ginger also coming through. It does pour like a sweet chilli sauce, but how does it taste? Well I have to say this may well cure my aversion of Rhurbarb. It has a great texture with the fruit having been cooked well, soft but not really mushy and no sign of the stringiness I associate with Rhubarb.
There isn’t very much heat here, so quite a mild sweet sauce. I would liked to have seen a little more Jalapeno to compete against the strong flavours present.
The label suggests using on toast or with Duck and Chicken. This would make a great alternative to plum sauce and would work well as a glaze for gammon. I can see this working drizzled over ice cream too.
All in all, another really tasty product from the lads in Croydon.
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