Product Reviews

Burning Desire - Flame Roasted Scotch Bonnet SauceThis is the sauce that won the “Best of Show” at the Fiery Foods Chilli Festival in Brighton in 2010, this win became the catalyst that started the Burning Desire Food Company in 2011.

The sauces smells as good as it did when I last tasted it back in 2010, it has a instant aroma from the smoked chillies. First taste and I can remember why this sauce did so well,  the sauce is quite liquid and unthickend. The first flavour is from the smoked chillies and peppers, then comes some sweetness from the dates, raisins and the dark muscovado sugar all carried by the base of the sauce make from the onions and celery.

The use of Red Wine Vinegar in sauces always works so well for me, I use it in cooking all the time, it is so much more mellow than the harsh taste of malt vinegar.

Ingredients:- Onion, Celery, Flame Roasted Scotch Bonnet Chillies, Flame Roasted Thai Red Chillies, Flame Roasted Red Peppers, Dates, Rasins, Red Wine Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Garlic, Dark Muscovado Sugar, Salt and Spices.

Bottle kindly supplied by Burning Desire Foods

I think this sauce is still a real winner, a good slug of this in a boring old Bolognese brings it instantly to life, another great use is to mix some mince before making some burgers, about one teaspoon per burger seem to be idea, but a I always have a heavy hand and it may have been.

At £5.00 for a bottle, it is not cheap, but this is an award winning sauce make by an artisan producer in small batches and you always pay for what you get.

Flavour
(9.5/10)
Heat
(6.5/10)
Packaging
(6.5/10)
Value
(7.5/10)
Overall
(8.5/10)

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Yes PeazHere is a little snack product that is surprisingly hard to put down.. dried peas, yes dried peas.

These are not the little green bullets that you have to rehydrate, I think the older ones amongst us will remember them as ammo for our pea shooters.  These peas are crisp and crunchy  little critters that won’t shatter you teeth.

Now they come from our old friends Hot-Headz who are found us some interesting snacks in the past, but oddly for them, these one are not that hot, they do contain a small amount of chilli oil, enough to start a tingle, but these peas are additive because of the combination of Garlic, Chilli and Salt and if you like peas then I have to tell you there is also a nice flavour of peas as they rehydrate in your mouth.

Ingredients: Green Peas 95%, Palm Oil 2%, Salt 1%, Garlic 1%, Seasoning (Garlic Powder) 0.8%, Chilli Oil 0.2%, Colours E102 and  E133.

Packet kindly provided by Hot-Headz

If you love peas, then this little 35g pack will be a complete winner, it may even get those odd’ pea hater’ converted (You know who you are), and at 69p for a pack they will not break the bank

I do wonder if this counts as part of my 5 a day, I think 35g is about a portion of peas, and you can snack away telling people these must be better for you that crisps? (I am not sure it is true).

I can see these little packs going down a bomb is in a bar/pub trade, they are very unusual and and just the right size/price combination.

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(1/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value
(9/10)
Overall
(8.5/10)

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Mr Vikki's - Hot Lime PickleI have always viewed Lime Pickle as one of those Marmite products, you either love it or you hate it and luckily I love it. It hasn’t always been that way though, my first few curry house visits saw me avoid this lumpy condiment like the plague!

But I’m over that now, in fact Chilli pickles are now my favourite area of the chilli world.

And I now have in front of me a bag of poppadum’s ready to try this Hot Lime Pickle.

Ingredients: Limes 80%, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Chilli, Fresh Ginger, Mustard, Fenugreek, Vinegar, Spices

Jar kindly supplied by Mr Vikki’s 

I have always been a fan of Mr Vikki’s labelling, the only criticism I had was that the back labels were a bit of a let-down being plain black and white. So it’s great to see the back label on this jar in the familiar bright yellow and also includes the nutritional values for those who need to see it.

The view through the glass is just as you would expect Lime pickle to be, large lumps of lime are visible along with various types of seed and oil.

I’m not disappointed once the jar is opened, the familiar smell is getting my taste buds going so I tuck into the contents, there is lots of texture from nice lumps of lime skin and lime flesh mixed with the other ingredients. Goodness knows how you make lime skin edible in the first place, but the jar says “Extra Matured” so I can only imagine it takes time! The taste is just like being sat in the curry house.

Half a jar later an all the poppadum’s gone I’ve come to my conclusion that this is up there with the best hot chilli pickles I have had.

A 210g jar is £3.50 and should last a few takeaways if you have more will power than me!

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(3/10)
Packaging
(9/10)
Value
(8/10)
Overall
(9/10)

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GNAW Gnorfolk ChilliGNAW make a very extensive range of flavoured chocolate bars you only have to visit their web site to see they have added almost everything to chocolate. Most of the Chilli chocolates we get to taste are dark chocolate, this one is a little unusual in that it is a milk chocolate and raspberry and Chilli.

I picked this bar up on a recent trip to Cambridge and had the fun of visiting Hardy’s Original Sweet Shop with my daughter. As I open the packet I cannot smell chillies and chocolate, but a very pleasant waft of raspberries, The first flavour is also raspberries as the chocolate melts on the tongue, then the chilli starts to come to life, it is not setting my mouth on fire heat, but complements the raspberry and chocolate perfectly.

Ingredients: Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass, Chilli Flakes (0.4%), Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Flavouring (Natural Vanilla, Natural Raspberry Oil).

It is a combination that was very unexpected, raspberry and chocolate fantastic, but add a little bit of chilli and it gets a whole new lease of life. The only very minor down side is there are little dry pieces of the chilli in the mix that get left over, maybe they need to use a chilli powder or a finer chilli flake.

I love the packaging on this chocolate, it is simple and effective and looks good of the shelf. At £2.99 for a 100g of gourmet chocolate this is excellent that is  if you don’t treat like an every day bar. You can find a list of stockists on there web site www.gnawfolkchocolate.co.uk

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(1/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value
(7/10)
Overall
(8/10)

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