Martin 'Scooby' Arnold

Double Whammy double Jammy, well jelly. From www.colvins.co.uk we bring to you today mild and hot pepper jelly. Both products are of authentic Caribbean origin with the herbs and flavours. Despite it being Caribbean born and bred these two pots are from London where they are currently being made. Ingredients are pretty straight forward being mainly apple pectin,vinegar and 13.2% chillis. I found it strange that both of these have exactly the same ingredients but are different colour and different heat?? Can be only down to the chillis in my opinion.

The Original Colvin’s Original Pepper Jelly

So in go Scooby and mini Scoob, with his first online video review Mini scoob delves straight in without a second thought. Right, we are not completely sure what to make of these jars beside they taste awesome with a real nice jelly, not jam, but jelly texture to them. I know I know its meant to be a jelly but so many people say they have jely but it turns out they are jams. Real apple fruity flavour pouring out whilst the heat is not that aggressive. For my palette I found it very mild but obviously mini scoob said they were fairly warm.

I would say, in all honesty that the heat on both of these was pretty much the same. Has a nice heat however, awesome flavour and a nice stumpy jar so you will always find a place in the fridge for it, no excuse. And whilst the price of £2.99 is very good for this product, I would have to say that the postage of £3.50 a little steep. If anyone knows otherswise if this price of delivery is different then please let me know. Other than that it is a lovely warm fresh apple tasting sauce. Yum yum yum.

Flavour
(8.5/10)
Heat
(1.5/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(8/10)

So until next time guys from Scooby and mini Scoob, If it burns going in it will burn coming out.

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If your anything like me then despite all your chilli cravings, hot sauce fetishes and just plain love for all that is hot but still fancy something a touch of the norm? Yup, I’m talking about ketchup. (Which has actually got me thinking, if a tomato is a fruit then is ketchup a jam?) Wouldnt it be great to find a product that caters for both? Many I have tried in the past have crashed and burned so in all honesty I dont hold out much hope for this one in the sense of its been done before and failed. The only glimmer of hope remains in the fact that its a Hot-Headz.com product. Deadly hot chilli ketchup, Roasted naga.

Hot Headz Roasted Naga Deadly Hot Chilli Ketchup390g bottle with as per usual, the sexy looking glossy label. The bottle is a fair size so the label only covers the bottom half leaving the top to show off all its glory that is the ketchup. The sauce itself if rich ruby red with flecks of seed and black floating about. Typical consistency of a ketchup product and the only real tell tale sign that this is a chilli ketchup is due to the seeds.

Ingredients: Water, Tomato paste, Sugar, Roasted habanero (6.18%), Glucose, Naga jolokia (4.45%), Salt, Corn starch, Acetic acid, Onion, Ascorbic acid, Cinnamon and clove.

My apologies if this review is going to fast for you but dont worry…… you’ll KETCHUP 😉

Enough of the bad jokes, you want to know about flavour. Now this is a difficult one for me as I am not a big fan of the naga flavour at all, but as far naga goes this is pretty good stuff. You get the initial fruity sweet blast that is your typical ketchup but with a very noticeable roasted flavour coming through. Initial heat is fairly mild but it does not take long before this is rapidly ramped up quicker than a quick thing going quick. Sharp stabbing heat the floods the mouth on an awesome level. Fruity, hot and smooth textured, a very saucy little number this.

It is not your everyday run of the mill ketchup, this actually works as a chilli ketchup really well. But, seems to be a hell of a lot more versatile that your normal slap the bottom of the bottle sauce. With its heat and roasted flavour this would be great as an addition to pasta dishes and marinades. Great little all rounder with all areas complimenting each other. I stated earlier that I am not a lover of Naga, well I’m still not. But this sauce has the fruity sweetness of a tomato sauce, a lovely roast flavour too. An early(ish) heat from the habs followed by a creeping but hot hot tho burn from the naga. And for me, on a good note, not a great deal of naga flavour. Win win win win win. Seems to me as though the naga passes on more of its heat characteristics rather than flavour.

Looks as though this sauce is selling for a mere £3.99 and for what you get is peanuts in comparison.Worth every penny as its hot, tasty and a good size bottle. Defo one for a summer bbq. Lashings of it on your burger or on your hot dog if your a hot sausage lover.

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(7.5/10)
Packaging
(9/10)
Value (9/10)
Overall
(9/10)

Before I go,one last thing.

Knock knock!! (Who’s there), Ketchup……….. O how immature am i 😉

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

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Hot-Headz Trinidad Scorpion SauceLadies and gentlemen, boys and girls,and to all you other people in the world known as chilli heads.Today I feel priveleged to be trying a hot sauce with not only trinidad scorpions in, but with 57% of the bottle comprising of them. WOOOOOOHHHH Mild? I highly doubt it but lets see. 148ml bottle from Hot-Headz! And as always the labelling is top grade glossy HD in your face awesome. No BS just straight talking chilli-ish for us chilliheads to understand. Dark red sauce with seeds and such floating about and looks as though fairly thick but just about loose enough to pour. And as for the ingredients, well lets just say BOOOOOOO! Scared? I am.

Ingredients: Trinidad Scorpion chilli peppers 57%, Water, Natural preservatives, Acetic acid, Natural thickener, Xanthan gum, salt, ascorbic acid.

Bottle kindly provided by Hot-Headz

So pretty much just scorpions in a bottle. I dread to think how many pods go into each bottle. As many of us no, one scorp is usually enough to seal the deal and meet jonny cash the next morning.

Well here goes nothing, open wide here comes the airplane (sorry been talking to my boy to much) Spoon cleaned and tongue is instantly on fire. Awesome fresh chilli fruity taste from the scorpions and I cannot even notice the acetic or ascorbic acidity. It is literally like drinking scorpion juice which to be fair, is pretty much what it is. For me, there is no build of heat. It is instant. And when I say instant I mean stab your tongue with a million knives instant. The burn is insane and the flavour holds very well.

The label states it is good for marinating ect or as a condiment. For it to be a condiment Id say you really need to be a seasoned chilli head to be able to bang this down at every meal. This sauce nails everything spot on, heat and flavour. So much so that In have in fact just messaged Stu at Hot headz asking for another bottle as this one will surely not last me long. I want it with everything. This bad boy is only £5.99 and plenty of bang for your buck.

Scoobys advice….. GET IT!!!! Need I say more.

So until next time guys, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out 😉

Flavour
(9.5/10)
Heat
(11/10)
Packaging
(9/10)
Value (9/10)
Overall
(9.5/10)

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Well its been a while my fellow fruity fire heads, but I’m back, I’m here to stay, and I have a number of awesome products to throw your way. So without further idle chit chat, lets see if my first product back is one for the shopping basket, or one for the bin…..

Mad Dog 357 Reaper Sriracha Sauce

First up is ‘Mad Dog 357 Reaper Sriracha sauce and has been imported from Sudbury, MA by our good friends over at Hot-Headz HQ and can be purchased for £5.99 www.hot-headz.com (product code AF-43) Obviously you can get it direct from Mad dog themselves but is more due to the import and shipping costs.

The sauce itself is in a fairly standard 148ml bottle with Mad dogs usual top notch branding style logos and images. Rich red sauce skulking about in the background and upon giving the bottle a little shake shake I can see that it is quite a thick sauce. This could be due to the use of Xanthamngum to thicken it up, or……. Lots of reapers inside and less medium used to fill the sauce out. Lets see what goes in this Mad dog beasty….

Ingredients: Red jalapeño puree, Cayenne sauce (with Distilled vinegar), Natural sugar, Carolina reaper peppers, garlic and Xanthan gum. Sample bottle provided by Hot-Headz

So basically chilli in a bottle with very little hyped up junk to distract your taste buds. And with the taste, I have to admit it is quite a difficult taste for me. Don’t get me wrong its a great sauce, but in different ways. When I tried a small amount I got a nice punch of heat, a slightly earthy fresh chilli smell followed by quite a powerful vinegar taste, which in all honesty is not my cup of tea. I know many of you chilli nutters out there are partial to a vinegar based sauce so its a winner there for you.

But on the other hand if you have a larger among, you know what I mean, I heavily dunked chip for example, and this sauce is completely different. Yes the heat is now blisteringly hot, bit on the obvious side really I know, it does have Reapers in ha ha. And with this larger amount the vinegar flavour has become near non existant allowing a powerful fruity, fresh chilli and garlic taste which is pretty damn good. Smooth texture, pours nice and steady and packs a punch that will make you feel alive followed by a regrettable burn. But we all know we love that burn he he Sadistic but enjoyable chilli sauces hey. I think the only improvement for this sauce would be to find a substitute for the cayenne sauce as that seems to be where the vinegar flavour is coming from and put in some fresh peppers different from the reaper?

But if your like me and going to tank the bottle in one meal then you will get an intense burn and lovely flavour rather than a taste reminiscent of your weekend chips with salt and vinegar only to realise you have no chips or salt, just vinegar. Not my favourite sauce by a long shot, but still will be one to buy every now and again. Great as a dipping sauce or marinade and even to be added to a curry to give it that lift of heat. Pretty decent sauce overall.

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

So until next time all, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out.

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