Martin 'Scooby' Arnold

Right then me lovelies, Scooby back again with a sauce today from South Devon Chilli farm.  It’s their ’15 Chilli Sauce’. This is one of their Hot Six, available individually or as a set. The sauce comes in a stylish 100ml bottle with sealed off cap. No mistaking this for a chilli sauce a rich red chilli slap bang in the middle of the glossy label with ’15’ Chilli sauce splashed just beneath it.

The sauce is a touch darker than the label which helps it stands out well. It is a pulpy and seedy sauce which looks like a lovely puree that is pourable. Enough of the talk of the aesthetics, lets get on with the best bit, the sauce 😀 😀 😀

Good to see sauces coming through with no bulls**t in, just natural ingredients. The smell backs up the claim on the ingredients list.

There is a very strong aroma of fresh chilli which is unmistakeable, coupled with a touch of an acidic smell from the vinegar but I am sure the chilli will pull through this. The label states it contains 15 varieties of medium to hot chillies with a heat rating of hot.

Time to bring out the sacred spoon of death and get this sauce to where it  meant to be, in ……my…….belly.

Ingredients:

Fresh chillies (60%), Cider vinegar, Lemon juice, Salt

Bottle kindly supplied by South Devon Chilli Farm

Straight away I get a taste of fresh chilli and a mild capsaicin tingle on the tongue. While the fresh chilli flavour stays, it is quickly greeted by, for me, and overpowering vinegar taste which in my opinion taints the sauce too much for me to enjoy other than the odd occasion.

The heat does increase but I would not personally call this a ‘hot’ chilli sauce, medium maybe, but not hot. It would be quite interesting to see what chilli went into this though as the initial fresh fruity flavour is pleasant, it’s just a shame the vinegar swamps it afterwards.

Whilst you can just about make out a slight lemon twang, the acidity and flavour of this does not do enough to wind the vinegar back. All in all I can see this sauce being used for a dip to give your doritos etc a slight change of taste and character. Further than that, maybe as a side for your Chippies on a Friday night.

A good enough sauce if you are not into your extreme heat products, with a smooth puree texture to boot and ok for someone who is starting out exploring chilli products, and at £3.57 a bottle available from South Devon Chilli Farm this wont break the bank.

So remember guys, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out!

Flavour
(6/10)
Heat
(3/10)
Packaging
(7.5/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(5/10)

 

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Ok that’s it, I have finally found the BBQ sauce of all BBQ sauces. All the way from Burning Desire Foods in Brighton, we have here, Chipotle Hot Sauce. ‘The Ultimate Mexican Smokey Hot Sauce’. The sauce itself, at first glance does not look the most appealing. If I had to describe it, I would say it kinda resembles what you get if you overdo the chilli if you know what I mean? But DO NOT let that put you off.

The gold label with flaming chilli pod with wings is awesome and directs your attention away from the colour of the product itself.

The sauce has a good group of flavours and the smell is spectacular. Strong aromas of flame roasted peppers and Chipotles. This sauce has a similar fluidity to ketchup so looking good for the dipping option. And as for the taste…………..

Orgasm in a bottle if I’m to be honest. Definitely my favourite BBQ sauce to date. The heat is not overpowering but it does pack a nice punch. But for this sauce it is all about the flavour. Mixture of BBQ and smoke with a slight fruitiness from the chillies which is in perfect balance. Also a slight hint of the onions coming through which puts the cherry on the cake. I have had this sauce for a while but not had the chance to get my spoon out for it.

O how I have neglected you o sweet BBQ sauce’

Ingredients:

Mexican Morita Chipotles, Caramelised Onions, Flame Roasted Red Peppers, Tomatoes, Tomato Puree, Red Habanero Chillies, Celery, Garlic, Malt Vinegar, Water, Black Molasses, Salt and Caraway Seeds.

Instructions for you Chilli Heads out there:

1)  Get over to Burning Desire Foods website

2)  Spend your £5 on a bottle of this amazing sauce.

3)  Bugger off and stop reading this, Ive told you what to do now stop wasting time and grab a bottle before I buy it all.

You may think I a exaggerating the taste but for me this is without a doubt a keeper for me. Yes it looks like something regarding ‘Jonny cash’, but the taste is yum yum and double yum.

I shall leave you all now and go back to my sweet nectar from the gods, or Burning Desire as they like to be called.

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

Bottle kindly supplied by Burning Desire Foods

Flavour
(11/10)
Heat
(5/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value (9/10)
Overall
(10/10)

 

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Scooby back to pen (Laptop) with another review for you guys. This time I have a bottle of Mic’s Chilli inferno sauce. Quite a funky little label on this 165g bottle. A skeleton wearing a suit? interesting concept, but it works.

I think that it works though more than anything due to its use of blue, black and red which complement the sauce, and of course that is what you really want to know about, the sauce.

I would like to call it pale brown but that does not sound too appealing and not do the sauce any justice, maybe a lighter HP sauce would work better? it is quite a thin sauce so its all good for pouring. Looking closely at it you can make out some tiny black and orange specs so its looking like a very fine sauce.

Ingredients:

8 Habanero chillies (24%) Water, Distilled vinegar, Onions, Carrots, Lemon juice, Garlic, Salt, Spices, Xanthan gum.

Bottle kindly supplied by Mic’s Chilli

8 Habs??? 8????????????? Mental. And when I opened the bottle I can tell you this, the only thing I can smell is the Habs, and it smells good. With a lot of sauces, you can smell the other ingredients which usually helps make it a better product, but with this,  the aroma of  Habs makes this smell the mutts nuts. In a good way, not actually mutts nuts cos that would be wrong!

Out comes the spoon and Boom!! , slight sweetness there initially from the lemon juice and this is quickly over taken by a lovely sharp stabbing heat on the tongue, pretty intense heat and in all fairness it should be with 8 Habs sitting in it waiting to pounce.

Luckily there is not much on the vinegar front as I am not a lover of over powered vinegar based sauces, so I guess that in this sauce it is just used to aid fluidity. Xanthan gum at times can be slimy but Mics Chilli have cracked this and the texture is nice and smooth without this slime texture.

I earlier mentioned its colour being that of a pale HP sauce? Well I can definitely see this being used for my fish and chips this Friday night.

Thumbs up from me on taste, texture and appearance and being a personal trainer this also gets the thumbs up for having only 33 calories per 100g, not to mention all the goodies from the garlic and spices etc, but you probably don’t care about that side of it.

So put simply, a lovely pale brown sauce with a slight initial sweetness that finishes with a kick up ya backside for heat. Love it.

Check these guys out on Mics Chilli Website for more info. I cannot give you a price at present but I am sure it will not cost the earth.

Remember chilli nuts, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out!

Flavour
(7.5/10)
Heat
(8.5/10)
Packaging
(8.5/10)
Value [Rating:N/A]
Overall
(8.5/10)

 

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Booya chilli heads, Scooby’s back with another review to get you salivating and the belly rumbling. So lets not waste any time and jump straight in with………..(Imagine drumroll)……….Tunisian Hot Chilli Sauce Harissa all the way from the man himself, STU!!! from Hot-Headz.com.

The product has the usual tasteful style, the label with its dark background and silver Hot-Headz stamp which lets the fiery sunset glow product name shine through. Looking at the back of the 175ml jar you can see an oily dark roasted red pepper colour paste. The odd seed floating about helping show how smooth in texture it is.

Out comes the nose (Yes I know its big enough that I don’t need to move it that far). Immediately I am greeted with a tomato puree aroma. Nostrils tingling with a slight chilli waft.

Ingredients:

Red peppers, Tomato puree, Rape seed oil, Piri piri chillies, Ground cayenne pepper, Salt, Garlic puree, Spices, Fruit juice concentrate, Ground coriander

Nice and simple with the ingredients, so lets have a taste and see where we go from here.

BOOOOM, Immediately I am hit with a burn, not a crazy crazy burn but definitely enough to wake you and get the taste buds firing on most cylinders. The puree gives this paste the feel and taste of a spag bol sauce with a punch.

To me, this tasting like a spag bol sauce is not a bad thing at all. It tastes amazing. The blend of spices and heat are perfect and nothing needs changing. Any hotter and I think this product would die, any milder and again I don’t feel it would work as well. Stuart has given this a 3/5 for its heat level and I agree with that, at least pushing towards a 4/5 for this style of product. Reading the label it states, to be added to meat, fish, stews etc or stirred through cous cous or rice???? I can taste that already and can imagine it being a real winner.

I strongly recommend grabbing one of these from Hot-Headz right now and at a price of £2.99 is crazy cheap. You will probably get 3 to 4 decent meals out of this. I cannot see you adding the whole thing, but hey there is bound to be some people that will hahaha.

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

Flavour
(8.5/10)
Heat
(7.5/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value (9/10)
Overall
(9/10)

 

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