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Being a great admirer of world cuisine, Ben at Capsicana sure knows his stuff. From a young age he has been into the chilli world and his range of sauces have been popping up in our reviews for a while now. Its not just sauces they supply. Capsicana have a huge range of seeds, beans, herbs and spices, powders, whole chillies, recipe kits aside from the sauces they make!

The whole branding on all of their products is very standardised. All black labels with the Capsicana logo and text on.This is perfect. Everything is so neat and tidy, easy to read and collect. This label is marked with a 3 out of 5 heat level and banded around the bottom of the label states ‘Hot & Smoky Gourmet Chilli Sauce’.

Ingredients: 

Water, Vinegar, Tomatoes, Onion, Sugar, Habanero Chillies (2%), Chipotle Chillies (1%), Salt, Spices.

Bottle kindly supplied by Capsicana

This sauce, in a whopping 150ml bottle, is a deep red, relatively thick and smooth with the occasional seed and herb piece floating around.  The smoky chipotle scent escapes the bottle upon opening.  A background concentrated tomato smell brings the delicious fruity Habanero flavour with it.This pours very smoothly onto a spoon with ease.Immediately the vinegar hits the sides of the tongue and wakes you up.

The sweetness quickly takes the sharpness away and readies you for the real flavours. The onion and chipotle chillies come together and spread the habanero heat out over the tongue, back of the throat and behind the lips for an all over assault on the mouth.The afterburn is quite significant and after a while you just taste the smoky heat of the chipotle.This I feel would lend itself very well to a barbeque day.As a burger sauce if you like them hot.As a marinade for a nice mackerel or salmon.A dip for a game night, party evening, lads night in etc, or simply something to dip your chips in.

Available from their website for £3.80 for 150ml, you’re in for a treat.

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

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Handmade in Bonnie Scotland (Och Aye!), Chillilicious is a Mother/Daughter team who certainly know how to create some delicious jams and sauces. As well as oatcakes (which were reviewed earlier this year) I own a fair few pieces of the handmade glassworks that Daughter Stacy lovingly makes in her glass kiln all the way in Ceres, just south of Dundee. A beautiful combination of culinary and glass art.

Ingredients: 

Pineapple (45%), pear (30%), sugar (24%), lime, cardamom pods, apache chilli.
Suitable for Vegetarians, may contain traces of nuts.

Jar kindly supplied by Chillilicious

In a whopping 135gram jar, simply adorned with a white label, this medium yellow/orange jam, packed full with flesh and seeds teases your tastebuds.It smells like a summery pineapple jam.  Very sweet, with a softness from the pears and a hint of the lime to keep you reminded that this is no ordinary pineapple jam. 

Its not as set as most other jams you would find.  The consistency has a slight thick but fluid motion to it.The pear and pineapple is in large but very soft pieces, giving you a mix of different flavours and textures with each bite you take.The apache chilli flesh is in small quantities dotted about the jam, but don’t let that fool you.The heat is very subtle, so subtle in fact, that you wouldn’t realise it was there until a good few tastes in.Its a slow warming heat that isn’t intrusive or unpleasant.The sweetness of the pear and pineapple, with the combination of the chillies in such fine quantities is a very moreish delight.

I would personally love to try this in a victoria sponge cake with a twist.I feel the sweetness would lend itself well to a summery dessert.With ice cream as a compote style addition.Of course on toast and in a sandwich.I would also suggest using this instead of a mango chutney to accompany a sweet curry dish.

Available via their online shop for £3.50, I think this is a very good price.  Next time I see these guys at an event I am picking up a few of these!

Flavour
(10/10)
Heat
(3/10)
Packaging
(4/10)
Value (10/10)
Overall
(10/10)

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As some of you may know, Russell at Grim Reaper Foods has made some great sauces.  Since his discovery and award winning at the Fiery Foods Festival in 2010 there has been no stopping this guy. In three years he has made such a name and design for his outstanding products that sell themselves. Russell’s slogan ‘Heat that comes for you‘ really does what it says.

Pestilence is one of the newer products, with two years in the making and perfecting this clear white rum syrup with extract for added pleasure.

Ingredients:
Sugar, Distilled Vinegar, Coconut Rum, Distilled Malt Vinegar, Chilli Extract 1/2 Million SHU
Contains Barley Gluten

Bottle purchased from Grim Reaper Foods

I was supplied with a clear pre-label edition 100ml bottle which is a simple clear label with simple red text.I rather like this effect. You can really see the syrup is truly clear.The syrup inside is lovely and thick.The lid opens to a pouring spout which is very handy. The immediate smell is vinegar with a subtle coconutty alcohol scent running along behind it. On its own, straight from the bottle it tastes immediately sweet followed by the coconut rum flavour. 

The intense heat shortly follows. That incredible extract heat that burns everything it touches, but unlike other extract sauces there is no metallic aftertaste, something that Russell takes pride in.

With the Sugar coating every part of your mouth, the burn sticks to every part for an all over tongue stimulation. 

Now on its own it is quite powerful, but as an addition to a cocktail this is amazing. Russell sent me some cocktail ideas (not being much of a drinker I don’t really know the first thing about how to make a good cocktail. Having two sisters helps!)I put one and a half teaspoons into a litre of pineapple juice and it definitely made a difference to taste and added a little punch to the drink. It certainly softened the flavour of the pineapple. I also tried a dash in a Mojito and Gin and Tonic.

By this point I was demanding more and falling off my chair! It isn’t too hot that it will be distinctively noticable (depending on how much you choose to add), but it livens up any mix of drinks you decide to make and is well worth a try.

Not just for alcoholic beverages.As a syrup I would suggest trying on ice cream or fruit salad. Perhaps putting a little on a salad with goats cheese. Experiment!

Available directly from Grim Reaper Foods for £4.95, a little goes a long way and you won’t be disappointed.

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

 

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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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