October 2013

Since 1994 when the Darn Spice Co. was set up by the chilli aficionado, Shawn Haddaway, Having spent hours perfecting the recipe for “fiendishly Fiery” Chilli Sauce. Shawn initially made batches of the chilli Sauce to order for friends and family. Then as the volume of orders grew and local retailers expressed an interest Shawn took the plunge and set up Darn Spice. From their base in Bedfordshire they sell a large range of quality chilli and spice products ranging from mild through to darn painful to customers worldwide.

I have a jar of Fiendishly Fiery Chilli Sauce, winner of a Bronze Great Taste Award in 2005, to review. The sauce claims to be a clean-tasting sauce made from the finest Scotch Bonnet peppers.

Jar kindly supplied by Darn Spice Co.

Ingredients:

Hot Chillies, Vinegar, Sugar, Salt

This is a very pure sauce that is: dairy free, gluten free, with no artificial colouring, no artificial preservatives, no onion or garlic and suitable for vegetarian. Basically it is a close to home made as you can get. The colour is a vibrant red and you can see the seeds in the sauce.

The label reminds me of the fisherman’s friends sweets and looks like something you would find at the in the special aisle of a supermarket rather than amongst the chilli sauces and bottles you would normally see. However there is nothing wrong with this, it just looks a little out of place to me compared to other packaging you usually see.

When you open the mini jar, you get an overwhelming sense of fresh chillies and the vinegar used to preserve them. I had to come back to this review and keep the fiendishly fiery sauce in the fridge for a few days. I expected to find the freshness had faded a little but happily on opening the jar again the same fresh smell. There is not much to describe about the taste other than imagine slicing up some fresh scotch bonnets and eating them that’s this sauce.

Though this product would work as a sauce it is more like a chilli puree relying on the beautiful natural flavour of the scotch bonnet chilli. The scotch bonnet does have a very fruity flavour powerful flavour that is accessible to many people as the heat levels are not too high. If you are using the sauce as just a dipping condiment, the texture of the sauce due to the amount of seeds, may put you off as the seeds get stuck everywhere! But added to dishes like soups, stews and casseroles will add a wonderful fruity fiery kick. This would also be awesome on your morning eggs. Fiendishly fiery sauce is great to have in the fridge so you will always have that fresh chilli flavour when you need it.

This is not a creative sauce, there are no complex flavours and although it is very tasty, it may not impress if you are looking for and interesting sauce. Think of it as a substitute for fresh chillies and a cooking ingredient ready when you need it.

A 95g jar is £3.50
470g catering jar is £14 available from the Darn Spice website

Flavour
(7/10)
Heat
(5/10)
Packaging
(5/10)
Value (5/10)
Overall
(6/10)

 

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Happy weekend Chilli Padawanzzzzzzzz! Today is “Fiery Friday” and Uncle Darth has a cracking product for you all to wrap your laughing gear around! The product in question comes from none other than the purveyours of fine tasting pain, Hot Headz, run by Dr Hotz himself, Mr Stu Mcallister!
This product is basically the first of its kind in the UK and probably the world! Sure there been others before it…but not quite like this, with *this* particular pepper! So without further ado, let me introduce this tastebud orgasm..

Ingredients:

Peanuts (95%), Trinidad scorpion mix (4%), rapeseed oil.

So, what we have here is a sexy little tin of peanuts, but these are no ordinary peanuts, oh hell no! These are “Who Dares Burns 2nd Assault: Trinidad Scorpion Peanuts” and they are here to kick all other chilli peanuts to the kerb, and show you how its done!!

As you’ll be able to see in the video, what makes this product stand out from the rest is the packaging, they come sealed up in a bag, which is then sealed in a tin, with full artwork present wrapped around the tin, and on top, with the iconic WDB logo right in the centre!

Anyway, enough from me, lets get this video cranking!

Well, well, well…as you can see, those peanuts were both HOT and tasty! I felt quite privileged to receive a product that i got to fully enjoy, rather then end up spewing up due to the high amount of heat, these nuts were genuinely delicious.

For a good chillihead stylee mix of heat AND flavour, these were out and out perfect, they had a nice solid crunch to them (I’ve had some that go soft because of the flavouring process, but these were awesome!) and the flavour was very straightforward, but nice and savoury, with an almost fruity, but unmistakeably Scorpion burn!

There isn’t much more you could do to increase the appeal of these peanuts to be honest, they will definitely appeal to both hardcore chilli heads, and of course, newbies who want to spread their wings a little bit and appreciate a quality product packing A LOT of flavour and heat!

I think the only gripe I have is that these seem a little pricey at £3.99 for 80g, you are getting a *premium* tin for that, but perhaps this could be a “starter kit” for those whom want the awesome resealable tin, then maybe do a larger foil bag, without the tin and market it as a “refill” at perhaps the same price but for more nuts?

That’s about the only place I can find fault with these, as presentation and flavour is beyond what you would usually expect from ANY chilli snack!

Head on over to the Hot-Headz website right now and grab yourself a tin of these before they sell out (which they will, once people have a taste for them!!).

Right Chilli Padawanz, that’s it from me this time round, I’ll see you all soon for another Chilefoundry review!

And of course…may the sauce be with you, always!

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(6/10)
Packaging
(9/10)
Value (6/10)
Overall
(7/10)

 

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Thousands of questions unanswered. I need a solution. And I think I have found ‘The Ultimate Solution’. This sauce has come from Hot Experience Sauces. This is not a well known company or product but caught our eye when it was sent in for review

It comes in what I can only describe as a bottle reminiscent of a poisons bottle from an old movie. The skull splashed label with blood style red text sets the bottle off well. It gets even better though. The ingredients list packed full of Chillis. Very loose pouring sauce which suggests to me more of a sauce for adding to other sauces to give it a bang up the backside. Seed central and a real dark orange to red shade. Only thing taking your attention away from the sauce is the skulls staring at you. Lets check out the list of ingredients, deep breath for reading this list out!

Ingredients:

Ghost Chilli, Habanero, Scotch Bonnet, Jalapeno, Fresno, Sante Fe, Piri Piri, Dutch, Thai and Red chilli, White Vinegar, Water.

Bottle kindly supplied by Hot Experience Sauces

10!!!! yes 10!!!! varieties of chilli going on in here having a party. Not a bad selection at all hey. Super hot with the not so hot, but still an impressive list.

The smell is pretty good. Slight hint of vinegar but due to the large selection of chilli in here it manages to hold it back pretty damn good. Pretty potent aroma for such a small bottle. Lost me bloody spoon so gonna have to drink from the bottle. I hope you dont mind. If you do, then tough titties.

Well well well. Tingle sensation? Nope. Effing intense burn? HELL YEAH!! My comment earlier about the vinegar? Forget it. Its all about the chilli. Packed with so much chilli flavour its near impossible to pull out the individual one and they all blend in so well. Lips and mouth are on fire. Salivating like crazy. Not hiccuping for once which is strange for what is a bloody hot sauce. No idea how much Ghost is in here but its top of the list of ingredients so must be a fair amount. Burn baby burn, disco of heat in my mouth 😀

Although this is not the style of chilli product im really into at the moment as for me its more about the dips etc, this is still getting a number of ticks in the right boxes. Cant really go wrong here. Good sized bottle. Great heat. Great flavour. I can see this being used to spice up stews and some rice dishes. Not so much a dipping product but will really add a blast of heat to any meal you cook. Thumbs up from me 😀

The sauce is available from Hot Experience Sauces for £4 plus postage

Remember guys, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out :

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

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The Dorset Naga Challenge

For the last two years we grew a Dorset Naga plant that produced over 700 chillies.This year we wanted to see if we could do better, and just find out what a Dorset Naga plant is capable of producing. So, in May this year, we potted up three January-sown Dorset Naga plants.

They were selected from the batch of plants that we had raised for selling on, i.e. up to this point they had not had any special treatment. One plant went into a 160-litre pot, the other two went into 100-litre pots. The plants were kept in an unheated polytunnel, and watered and fertilised along with all our other plants.

At the same time we challenged other growers to see how many chillies they could get off their Dorset Naga plants. The rules were:
1. The plant must be a Dorset Naga
2. The plant must be sown in 2013
3. Only red fruit count
4. The fruit can be picked at any time, but records, e.g. harvesting records and photographs, must be kept – this competition is based on trust, but we don’t trust people to remember 100% accurately.
5. Deadline: 15th November 2013

We have offered a token prize of £15 worth of chilli seeds to the grower who harvests the most chillies off their plant. And if the winner beats us and gets more chillies than we do we will double the prize.

We will harvest our plants on 9th November, and are very pleased to announce that the Clifton Chilli Club has agreed to be the official observers to guarantee that the counts are accurate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With just a month to go before the deadline, here is an update of our three Dorset Naga plants, which are now exactly 9 months old. The photos are of the three plants, but the video is of the one in the 160-litre pot, the largest by far.

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