2013

Twisted 7 Sauces burst onto the UK chilli scene last year when they scooped a well-deserved 2nd place is the amateur sauce contest at the National Chilli Awards 2012 – our very own Darth Naga was one of the judges. Since then, owner Dean Pearman has been hard at work assembling a huge range of products.

In January, Dean sent us his first 9 products including the fiery Chocolate Sorz and the vibrant Sweet Ah-hee. Today I’ll be looking at another of his sauces – Candescent Cranberry.

In recent years cranberries have become increasingly popular. Many people consume them as part of their daily diet for the purported health benefits whilst others simply enjoy them for their tart flavour. Either way, these little berries have found their way into many everyday products including cereals, breakfast bars and beverages. That said, cranberry sauce is still regarded by many as a seasonal product and is typically only purchased to accompany turkey at Christmas or Thanksgiving dinners. Personally, I think cranberry sauce can be used for much more than livening up poultry, so I’m going to dispense with tradition and get stuck in.

The product is presented in a 200ml square glass jar which is adorned by a gold lid. A black label covers 3 sides of the jar and complements the ruby red sauce really well. The label has a matt finish and provides all the information that I’d hope to find on a chilli product including a heat scale and the type of chilli used in the product. The product logo is an orange flame which is consistent with other products in the range.

Ingredients: Cranberries (42%), Water, Sugar, Lemon Juice, Paper Lantern Habanero chilli peppers (3%), Port, Pectin

Jar kindly provided by Twisted 7 Sauces.

Upon removing the lid from the product, I am instantly greeted by a rich, fruity aroma. The port is very prominent whilst the sugar appears to have done a good job of masking the acidity of the cranberries.

The sauce is perhaps a little bit on the thin side, but shouldn’t present any problems as you’ll need a spoon to garner the contents from the jar. Upon closer inspection, I observed plenty of soft cranberry pieces and a few flecks of habanero chilli in the sauce. There were a few tiny cranberry seeds too, but this is to be expected. Conversely, I didn’t find a single chilli seed which is nice.

The initial taste is quite rich, but the fruitiness of the cranberries does come through after a few seconds. Overall, the balance of ingredients is excellent and there is just enough sugar to mask the tartness of the cranberries without turning this into another sweet chilli sauce.

The paper lantern habanero chillies provide a nice background warmth which is pleasant and not overbearing.

So far, I have tried this sauce with roast chicken, turkey sandwiches and soft cheeses. In all instances the sauce complimented these foods brilliantly. It also makes a fantastic addition to a brie & bacon baguette and would be a great accompaniment to game dishes and savoury foods such as pork pies too.

Priced at £4 for a 200ml jar its good value and in line with what I’d expect to pay for a product of this quality.

Unfortunately, it appears that I’m not the only one who has been impressed by this product as Twisted 7 Sauces have currently sold out. Dean assures me that he’ll be making more as soon as he can source some fresh paper lantern habaneros. In the meantime I’d recommend checking out the other products in the Twisted 7 Sauces range as there’s something to tempt everyone.

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(3/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value (7/10)
Overall
(7.5/10)

 

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Gooooooooooooooooooooooood Afternoon Chilli Padawanz!! How are you all on this delightfully dreary, typical UK summery day? Good glad to hear it! Right I bring you a Hot fruity sauce today that is the first in a soon to be released set of 3 sauces in a new, unique and wicked range from the Wiltshire Chilli Farm.

Jamie is well known for bringing out collectors packs of some truly awesome sauces, usually in funky boxes with awesome artwork, and in the case of the last few, based on one type of Chilli, and with high Chilli content, usually around 40%!!

This set will no doubt be no different, which is definitely a good thing, these sauces tend to appeal to different people, with different ingredients across all three and some beautifully different all natural colours too!

Ingredients:
Fruitburst habanero 40%, cider vinegar, sugar, red grape, strawberry, kiwi, salt spices.

Bottle kindly supplied by The Wiltshire Chilli Farm

So, as you can see from the ingredients, this “Fruitburst habanero” sauce, contains the fruitburst habanero, cultivated originally by Matt Simpson of Simpson’s Seeds, Jamie has taken them and made a nice sweet and fruity sauce, and although this bottle is currently called “Fruitburst Habanero”, Jamie assures me it will be renamed “Red Voodoo Sauce” to fit in with his set of three unique “Voodoo” sauces, which will all feature the little character you can see on the bottle in the video.

Oooh speaking of videos I suppose you’ll be wanting to watch that eh? Guess I had better put it underneath this bit of text then, that way you can all see it!

So there you have it, a bloody hot sauce, that would go great on a psychopaths ice cream, or perhaps even poured over a madmans pancakes, either way you have a properly sweet and fruity sauce that actually caters for the nutters a bit, as it is rather bloody warm!

You can buy this sauce for 4-5 quid over at the Wiltshire Chilli Farms website in the next week or so, but keep an eye out on that site for the “Voodoo” range to come out before Christmas, I reckon the set would make an awesome gift for any mentalist Chillihead you know, so keep your eyes peeled and your wallets at the ready, because these sauces are going to fly off the shelves when they hit the ground running!!

Right, I’m afraid that’s all we have time for my young Chilli Padawanz, so until the next time we see one another, I shall bid you all adieu, and may the sauce be with you…always!!

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

 

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I was pleased to be able to write a mini review for the Shoreham Chili Fest 2013 for the Chilefoundry. The event took place on Coronation green, just off the high street. This festival is close to my heart as I live in Shoreham so it’s only a short walk and it was at this festival I was welcomed officially into the Chile foundry review team!

The first day of the festival was fortunate to fall on a market day making the event feel many times larger and also bring in the crowds. Being in the centre of the heat wave also helped, especially after the rainy wash out at a previous festival. Shoreham Chilli Fest contained some welcome chilli festival regulars such as Grim Reaper foods, Edible Ornamentals, Mr Vikki’s and Burning Desire Foods, alongside some interesting new additions into the market with some creative ideas.

This year also saw the chilli eating contest hosted by the Clifton Chilli Club. The contest had the usual amusements with those giving a try against those who have asbestos mouths! An interesting addition to the competition was some Sichuan Flower Peppercorns from China Spice. If you have never tried them, they are an unusual experience, opening up your taste buds and increasing salivation.

Add an extra hot viper chilli into the equation after some of these and the results are quite intense.

Unfortunately the competition was not on a raised platform meaning anything from a couple of rows back had no view. This would be an easy improvement for following years.

I did meet up with the winner of the chilli eating competition afterwards. He was absolutely fine, and he was even skipping out to the hot sauce vendors to buy a bottle of 1million SHU extract to wash down the chillies he had just eaten!

To keep everyone entertained there was a band as well as a range of drinks available including chilli milkshakes. Numerous food stalls were spaced in-between all the chilli tasters giving a nice layout and flow to the event. The giant marquee provided shelter from the sun and outside several picnic tables catered for a sunny spot and families. Shoreham has some beautiful views out over the water, the increased number of stalls at this years event unfortunately blocked these views. A slightly altered layout could provide a picnic/eating area with a view. Though would this mean sacrificing one more chilli tasting stand… a tough choice.

This festival is growing in size and popularity year by year and I hope it continues for many more. Due to its location the event can never grow too big. If you’re after a large chilli event and a full day out then this festival is not for you.

If you like little towns and street markets, combined with a chilli head kick, then drop buy for a lovely day out. If you come by car, parking will be a challenge, coming by train is easy and the station very close.

 I enjoy this mini festival, if you come down one year hopefully you will too. I look forward to 2014

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Many of us chilli heads are forever chasing the next hottest thing. Nagas are now for the feeble, Habaneros don’t get a look in much anymore and don’t you even dare mention the Jalapeno – only your grandma would think they’re hot. Sometimes though it’s nice just to sit back and relax a bit – sometimes you’re happy with a bit of Mr Vikki’s Max’s Urban Ketchup on your bacon sarnie, so long as it’s tasty.

This handcrafted tomato ketchup isn’t for man tests, that’s not really what it’s about. It is simply a spiced ketchup that tastes great. This deep red sauce, speckled with black and red flakes, stands proud in its 250g bottle filled with fruity goodness.

Ingredients:

Tomatoes (145g per 100g), Vinegar, Sugar, Garlic, Spics, Celery, Salt, Habanero Chillies and Pepper.

Jar kindly supplied by Mr Vikki’s

Unlike many of Mr Vikki’s products this sauce doesn’t have quite the same Indian infused aroma to fill the air when the lid is removed. It smells like any other ketchup you’d care to mention with the letter H in it. It’s ketchup, what did you expect?

It’s a little thinner than many ketchups, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing as it makes it far easier to pour out of the bottle, it’s still plenty thick enough to use it as a chip and chicken nugget dipper and a happy replacement as a table condiment.

In the taste department this beats the 57 other varieties hands down. The sauce is quite sweet, with a deep tomato taste, a little bit peppery and a touch tart. There’s a hint of heat there but it dies away very quickly. The aftertaste is pleasantly subtle, certainly a sauce that you can leave on the table for anyone to use without having to worry about stomach cramps.

The styling has been recently changed from a bottle to a jar and weighs it a £4.00 currently on the MrVikkis website – it’s perhaps a little bit more costly than other varieties, but bear in mind this is handcraft by an artisan, not churned out in gallons in a mass production factory.

So if you’re looking for a tomato sauce with a little bit more zing, it is worth giving Max’s Urban Ketchup a try (and why not give its older sibling Harry’s Brown sauce a go whilst you’re there too).

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(1/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value (6/10)
Overall
(7/10)

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