Martin 'Scooby' Arnold

Melinda's Extra Hot Sauce

Melinda's Extra Hot Sauce

Here we are again my chilli heads after making a recovery after my last review. And today I’m trying Melinda’s Original Habanero Pepper Sauce, EXTRA HOT SAUCE. I’ll be honest, this would not generally be my first choice of product to choose judging by the label. Floral design with Melinda (No idea who she actually is though) staring at you in a rather calming appearance. Does not really fit the image of a EXTRA HOT SAUCE but you never know until you try the sauce and the whole package comes together. Other than that the bottle is quite tidy in the way that the white background and top blend extremely well with this peachy coloured sauce.

Ingredients: Choice Red Habanero Peppers, Fresh Carrots, Onions, Lime Juice, Vinegar, Garlic, and Salt.

Bottle kindly provided by www.hot-headz.com

Getting the vibe of a possible sweet sauce here so lets crack this open. Immediately I am greeted by a familiar Habanero and vinegar aroma. Lovely fresh pepper smell that is mild but stronger enough to remind you there is some good quality peppers in here. Lets have a taste.

The sauce has a slight pulpy texture to it and eventually comes out of the bottle. Very soft texture with a subtle hint of sweetness from the lime and a whole load of flavour from the Habanero’s. Not what I would call an extra hot sauce but it definitely has a nice warmth to it. No carrot flavour from this sauce as its all really about the Habanero. I would recommend this for the chilli head that is looking for a sauce that would cover most foods. From use as a dipping sauce all the way to being used as marinating meat. I’m actually thinking about making a cheese sarnie right now and putting a load of this in it, yummmmm. Very versatile sauce with plenty of flavour. One to be enjoyed by all.

Sauce kindly provided by www.hot-headz.com for the usual peanuts that you are charged. Only £3.99 a bottle, you can’t go wrong so get your orders in. Make sure you put on your order that you read this review and I’ll promise to send you nothing in return haha

Until next time guys, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out.

Flavour
(7/10)
Heat
(6/10)
Packaging
(5/10)
Value
(7.5/10)
Overall
(7/10)

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Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than chocolates and flowers and maybe the odd diamond thrown in for your loved one. Or at least that used to be the case. There is a new must have for all you romantics and chilli heads out there, and it comes in a style that is more attractive than any diamond you will ever see.

Limited Edition - Heart Throb 1/200

Limited Edition - Heart Throb 1/200

Thanks to Ged at The Chilli Pepper Company and his sauce ‘Heart Throb’ which is now being brought out in limited edition form of 200 bottles. I expect many of you have heard of this sauce as the original sauce has been reviewed by Darth Naga. But Ged being Ged wants to ramps things up a little. The hotter the sauce for a chilli head, the more it shows you love them. Cramming more and more chilli into the bottle to elevate the heat but keep the original flavour was the mission. Lets see if its ticked all the right boxes and win the heart of all you hopeless romantics.

The bottle is a 40ml bottle and no matter how many pictures you see will never do it justice. Stunning red heart shape with flip top re-sealable cap held down by gold, silver and red wax. This gives off a medieval touch and makes this attractive to anyone. Even if you don’t like chilli then you can still pop this on your mantle place as an amazing show piece. Even the ingredient label is tasteful, blending into the bottle and tightly secured by the wax.

Ingredients: Trinidad Scorpion and Naga chilli, Tomatoes, Vinegar, Spice, Chilli flavour.

Bottle kindly provided by The Chilli Pepper Company

Nice plan and simple. Again can I please just highlight that this is meant to be hotter than the original. I have been told that more Trinidad scorpion, Naga and Chilli flavour have gone into this bottle than the previous, making it nearly………………. TWICE AS HOT!!! Think you need professional help Ged! Twice as hot? Are you mad? I have just had to Watch Dath Naga’s video again to see what I’m letting myself in for. Sweating just thinking about this.

Seems a shame to open this up but it has to be done. That’s the seal cracked and there it is! Naga! Sweet sweet Naga and hint of tomato. The sauce does not have an overpowering smell which is great. It doesn’t scream out like an insane hot sauce does. Seems more like a love potion than a hot sauce. Keen to taste this now, so here we go.

Straight away this sauce does not mess. Instant heat that swamps the whole of the mouth and an intense burn through and through. Lovely flavour which is both slightly sweet and fruity, with an awesome kick to it. My eyes are streaming and I am hiccupping for Britain. Struggling to talk through the hiccups and the burn. You gotta love this burn though. This sauce will truly give a valentines message to your loved one. Or maybe you’d just love it for your partner to shut up for five minutes? If that’s the case then shove a spoonfuls worth of this down their throat and let them enjoy the sauce and you enjoy the silence. Its win win. The blend of heat and flavour is precise and perfectly balanced. Without a shadow of a doubt one of my top 10 favourites for a hot sauce. Ridiculous amounts of heat and in stunning bottle.

I am going to have to go back to Ged as it says on his site www.chileseeds.co.uk that the bottle is £6 for 40ml. Has to be a typo as that is stupidly cheap for this. O but wait, its not a typo. Just his insanity kicking in again. Must be in it for the love and not the money.

Well that’s that. I’m in love with this sauce so if you don’t mind I would like to be left alone with it now. So until next time my chilliheads, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out.

‘O my sweet heart throb chilli sauce how I love you’ OI WHAT YOU DOING STILL HERE? STOP READING AND LEAVE ME AND THE SAUCE ALONE GRRRR

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

This this space, we are giving away bottle 1/200 as a special gift
via twitter later today so follow us now at @chilefoundry

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Sinful Sauces Wicked

Sinful Sauces Wicked

If I was to say the name ‘Sinful Sauces’ to you, what would be the first thing to spring into mind? Devilishly hot? Exceptionally flavoursome? Whatever it is, for me, its pride. And these guys must be incredibly proud of what they have accomplished in over such a short period of time. National chilli awards winner 2011? Best newcomer? Best label? Don’t ask me what’s so great about their products, just get your butt to www.sinfulsauces.co.uk and find out for yourself. I first met this duo down at the Mendlesham Chilli Fiesta in Suffolk last year and was taken aback by their wide range of products from mild, to bloody hot! (Envy to Bliss as they like to say) Products include sauces, spreads, pickles, clothing and giftsets.

The sauce I am reviewing today is Wicked (Hot). And as always, their packaging is stylish, attaractive, fresh and above all, DAMN SEXY! Black glossy label with their trademark Sinful sauce logo and of course, the cheeky devil giving you the teasing wink egging you on to try some sauce. Even the shrink wrap top to the bottle has been placed perfectly on the lid.

This is without a doubt a faultless style of packaging. A real trendsetter. The sauce itself looks rich, red with hint of orange and a loose pulpy texture. Sauce gently flows from one end of the bottle to the other. Once again I must say the word ‘pride’, as they boast using 100% natural ingredients in their products. So what’s in the bottle?????

Ingredients: Roasted Red Peppers (35%), Tomatoes (24%), Red onions, Red Hot Serrano (10%), Sugar, Red Wine Vinegar, Garlic, Black pepper, Rosemary, Olive oil, Salt.

Chilli and garlic together? Sounds spot on to me. I have to open the bottle now but I am struggling to. It seems wrong. Bugger it, I have to try it. Off comes the lid. Straight away a sweet onion smell greets me with a mild Chilli aroma beside it. The tomato smell that comes with it reminds me strangely of spag bol, weird hey. Maybe its mixing with the rosemary to give me that? Either way it smells awesome. Lets have a taste.

Okay now that’s crazy. The sauce actually gives me the feeling that it is warm? Not a chilli hot warm, I mean like it has been popped in the microwave for a few seconds. You get the chilli warmth with it too as well as a beautiful tomato and onion flavour and a slight herby background from the rosemary. Rich roasted flavour from the peppers which takes this sauce to an amazing level of flavour and the heat level is bang on. Texture is smooth and welcoming and encourages more and more of this sauce to be eaten. Very versatile I say, good for most dishes and meals. Heat level is hot but not blistering. If you want to ramp up the heat then have lots, if you want it milder then have a little, simple as that.

So, one question remains. Why the hell are you still reading this and not ordering it??? I’ve just said its one hell of a sauce 😀 You will definitely not be let down with any of their products. Still reading? O come on, www.sinfulsauces.co.uk.

Bottle kindly supplied by www.sinfulsauces.co.uk and costs only £4.50 for a 148ml bottle. Until next time my fellow Chilliheads remember, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out.

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(7/10)
Packaging
(10/10)
Value
(9/10)
Overall
(9.5/10)

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Beans beans good for your heart, the more you eat the more you……….. I think we’ll leave it there don’t you?

Tesco Mexican Style Chilli Baked Beans

Tesco Mexican Style Chilli Baked Beans

First day back to work after Christmas off, I pop into Tesco to grab some lunch and I stumble across a tin of Mexican style Chilli baked beans. Bright red tin with darker center piece with the name in burnt orange/sunset text with flames. Caught my eye so that’s a good start. Nothing out of the ordinary for Tesco packing with the usual dates and ingredients ect.

Ingredients: Haricot beans (53%), Tomato puree (26%), Water, Sugar, Glucose-Fructose syrup, Modified maize starch, Salt, Chipotle Chilli (0.2%), Onion extract, Paprika extract, Maltodextrin, Flavouring.

Typical ingredients for a large production line. Cracking open the tin for a sniff and all I get is baked beans. Not a slight difference to the normal beans, not a good start in my eyes. But I guess the main are I’m interested in is the flavour so lets do this.

Ever so slightly BBQ/smokey taste, not very strong but just about noticeable with yet again just a typical baked bean flavour. The heat is incredibly low, barely noticeable. My wife had a spoonful and commented how mild they were and she thinks a Korma is hot. Need I say more? I had half the tin before I started to get any type of heat to come of them. Not the most exciting tin of beans I’ve ever had. A lot of tarting up of the packaging of a normal tin of beans but pretty much the same beans inside.

Tesco what are you doing? Please don’t make anything chilli related again unless your going to make it right. I believe this is why this county is so high up there in the chilli stakes these days, companies dedicating all their efforts into purely chilli related products to make up for the utter rubbish that comes out of mainstream productions such as the above mentioned company. My personal opinion, stick to normal beans, cheaper and taste nearly the same. Although the packaging may be a bit more boring.

Can be found at Tesco for 49p for a 220g tin.

Until next time guys remember, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out.

Flavour
(3.5/10)
Heat
(1/10)
Packaging
(5/10)
Value
(3/10)
Overall
(3/10)

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