2014

So we’ve been reviewing Lily’s Chillies products for over two years now, we’ve seen a range of ketchup sauces and recently been devouring their Jelly range. Always smiling at the Chilli shows I see them at, they are a lovely husband and wife team who source local produce as the base of their operation.

In a squared jar, following their range, the only difference in labels and jams (apart from the contents of course) is the corresponding labels to the colour of the product. As you can see here, the tomato chilli jelly is a lovely golden red colour, the label a vibrant metallic red.In keeping with the homemade theme, the label is just a simple yet eye catching design, nothing over the top just classy and elegant.

Ingredients: 

Tomatoes (49%), Sugar, Lemons, Scotch Bonnet Chillies (3%), Pectin.

This rich golden red jelly is thick and opaque, holding rather large bits of flesh inside.  Obviously your jar may vary to mine, but the large fleshy pieces give it a true homemade touch and a different level of texture and flavour to it.  The back of the label says this is 3 chillies hot.

Removing the lid from this jar, I can smell hot. Hot sweet scotch bonnets fill the nostrils with their tease of heat and burn.Some seeds greet me at the top of the jelly.The jelly is smooth in texture, with the occasional flesh. The taste is sweet, with a growing warmth.I was expecting, as with most tomato based chilli products, to be overwhelmed by the tomato flavour. Despite the percentage of tomato in this jelly, I don’t really taste much of it. This is a good thing!If I wanted to have a highly tomato flavoured chilli product I could go anywhere else. This is perfect.

You have a delightfully thick and smooth jelly packed with the sweet full flavour of the scotch bonnet chilli. The heat builds with every sample you have, leading to an all mouth and throat buzz.I forget that sometimes the percentage of the chilli involved isnt a direct measure on how hot it could actually be.Whilst Lily’s chillies measured this at a 3 our of 3 on their heat scale, I underestimated that, and have to admit that I was wrong.This is hot!A slow burner but as far as heat goes, don’t doubt it.

Lily’s Chillies suggest using this in a cheese sandwich. This was used greatly on the Christmas dinner table with crackers and all sorts of cheese. Also used for prawn crackers, as a replacement for mango chutney with indian food. I may even stick it in a toastie later. I think this would also go very well with sausages.

Available on the Lily’s Chillies web store for a mere £3.85 for 220g of this beautifully hot jelly.

Flavour
(6/10)
Heat
(8/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(8.5/10)

 

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As a company founded in 1974 with 136 Great Taste Awards to date, Cottage Delight has a name for itself in quality.  A family run business, still using copper pans, small batches and hand packing and labelling, you can guarantee the love and devotion that goes into such a successful company as this.  As this company continues to grow, the Chairman – Nigel Cope still enjoys creating new flavours.

Seriously Hot Caribbean Sauce has been one of their popular sauces, labelled in the same branding as the rest of their bottle range.  A clean cut simple white label beautifully adorned with Scotch Bonnets and Habaneros.  The classic design is in keeping with with majority of their other products, which I don’t believe has changed for a good few years (if ever).

Ingredients:

Habanero and Scotch bonnet chillies (56%**), Water, Acetic acid, Salt, Onion, Mustard, Modified corn starch, Stabiliser: Xanthan gum.
**Website says 64%

Bottle kindly supplied by Cottage Delight

This huge 220ml bottle contains the rusty red coloured sauce, relatively thin, with plenty of seeds and herb pieces inside.  The first smell from opening is pure heat.  Pure Scotch Bonnet and Habanero heat.  It has an almost vinegary scent to it.  It pours well onto a spoon with several seeds jumping out ready to be eaten.  The initial taste is the acidity straight to the tongue and a rather bitter shock that is face pullingly sharp.  

After all the vinegary sharp flavour, what you are left with is heat that attacks the back of the throat and tongue.  Whilst this sauce is so high in chilli content, I was expecting the heat to be much hotter.  BUT, in small quantities it is quite warm, and as with the scotch bonnet, it has a slow build.  In the larger, more often spoonful after spoonful I am eating to gather flavour, this gets hot quickly.  Sadly, the only flavour I can get is the acid, and heat.

Cottage Delight suggest using this to add sizzle to any meat, fish or vegetable dish.  In my honest opinion, I would add it to other sauces, during the cooking process to cook out some of the vinegar flavour and leave behind some heat.  The acid flavour would be good for a hot sweet and sour pork combination.  So all is not lost!  If you like your sour sauces with extra heat, this one is for you!

Flavour
(4/10)
Heat
(7/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value (7/10)
Overall
(6/10)

 

 

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Mr Vikki’s is a small bespoke Indian Fusion pickle producer in the beautiful Lake District Cumbria. Mr Vikki’s is dedicated to using fresh natural ingredients, containing no gluten, wheat or dairy. Many products use specific chillies, and keep very well once opened and un-chilled due to the low water content achieved through ancient methods of preserving.

It’s time for me to hold my hand up. At every chilli festival and event I have walked by the Mr Vikki’s stand every time not feeling drawn to their products. Partly I think to the labels and a little for the Indian influence not exciting me. Maybe I’m a bit of a sucker for stupid names and cool graphics.…..

Oh how wrong it was to walk by! You need to check this guys stuff out. Mr Vikki’s could be considered the “Ronseal” of the UK chilli market. His products do exactly what it says on the tin. Besides an impressive 69 great taste awards in 7 years, including 13 great taste awards in 2013 so far can’t be wrong. Many apologies to the chilli god for committing blasphemy towards such a high achieving UK producer!

As I have hinted above the label to me is a little dull and very yellow. Nice touch with the flames though. I like that the label covers only half the jar so you can see the contents. There is a lot of helpful and professional information displayed including the Mr Vikki’s Heat ‘O’ Meter .The Piri Piri mustard is rated as ‘Hot’

Checking out the website, the product description gives an honest view stating “chilli heads will love this but will still find room for a bit more heat. Packed with flavour combinations and high chilli content, it’s not to be missed and should be brought out at every meal”

Ingredients

Mustard 60%, white wine Vinegar, Birds Eye Chillies 10%, salt and spices

Jar kindly supplied by Mr Vikkis

Cracking open the jar, surprise surprise you smell mustard. I have tried many chilli mustards recently. Some just throw in the power and hope for the best – these are terrible – some have tried to be creative with the flavours and often take away from the mustard itself.

Mr Vikki’s has used basic ingredients in the right proportions to not commit either of these mistakes but instead produce a very pleasant taste. I enjoy the texture of the wholegrain mustard used and am very partial to anything Piri Piri. I 100% agree with their web statement, disappointing for a chilli head seeking only power. If it’s this you want check out the rest of the Mr Vikki’s range there is plenty to fulfil your needs! However the mustard does indeed still pack heat and will go well with anything picnic or bbq related.

There isn’t too much more to describe I think, it’s good, it’s tasty, it’s hot, get some!

A rather strangely weighted 205g jar will cost a mere £3.25 on their website currently.

My advice is not to stop here and make the same mistake I made before. Don’t just order this product. Follow @MrVikkis on twitter and find out which chilli event he will be attending next, head for the glowing yellow stand, and get yourself a full tasting experience!

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(6/10)
Packaging
(4/10)
Value (7/10)
Overall
(8/10)

 

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Jumokeh‘ means ‘Loved by everyone’. Chad Schuessler wants everyone to love his products. Hand picked produce, with a very intensive and dedicated preparation methods ensures that these jam products are like no others on the market. They are smooth and luxurious, thick and delightful. The guys at Jumokeh don’t mix or complicate the beautiful flavours of chillies with vinegars, onions or other filler ingredients. Just a select few herbs and fruits to bring out nature’s finest flavours.

I was lovingly supplied a small 42 gram jar of this beautiful russed coloured jam.I am told that since sending the sample jar into us and myself being able to review it, the labelling has changed somewhat, so I can only comment of the product I was given. The jar holds a bright green logo with a cute cartoon looking African Grey parrot. On the left there is a list of ingredients, and the right the website address where you can purchase more of these delicious jams.

Ingredients:

Sugar, Sweet Red Bell Peppers, Chilli, Lemon, Tarragon.
Suitable for Vegetarians  ***

Jar kindly supplied by Jumokeh

Upon opening this jam, you get a sudden whiff of sweet lemony goodness with an unmistakable liquorice smell.The jam is so thick it refuses to come off the spoon.Holding very fine pieces of herb inside, this jam melts in your mouth, releasing bursts of flavour.  First you receive the softness of ripe red peppers.The slight buzz of the chilli warms the palate and allows the sweet zing of the lemon to pop into play.The warmth of the chilli increases in the background and the tarragon becomes more noticable and really brings the jam together. 

Jumokeh suggest using this product on grilled salmon, pasta dishes, and kebabs.I like the idea of mixing it in with a Bolognese, or warming it up slightly to pour on a good hearty salad.

Available in 228 gram jars from the Jumokeh website for £3.75, this is a delightful jam not to be missed.  Look out for more of their jams on their website.

*** Since receiving the jam, the company have revised the labels of the jam jars, they have altered what is displayed on the ingredients in regards to percentages of each ingredient. The quality of the labels has been improved too. The ingredients are the same, however, they no longer list percentages of every ingredient. They only list the percentages of particular ingredients for each product.

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

 

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