So you may be thinking that having a Lucha Libre mask on a bottle is a bit of a gimmick.  After all, we see a lot of sauces that claim to be ‘Traditional Mexican’ sauces but are made far, far away, and the only traditional thing about them are perhaps one or two ingredients that are now grown in the UK.  Let me quash those thoughts like a Luchador would Camel Clutch his opponents into sumbission!

Rolando Cardenas, the man behind the sauces, learned all the family secrets and flavours as a boy.  Developing them onwards to the sauces you see today.  Not only are the flavours and recipies traditional, the wrestling is real.  I’m lucky to have met the KanKun Luchador previously and we wrestle in similar circles!

Ingredients:
Habanero Chilli (85%), White Vinegar, Water, Salt, Xanthan Gum.
Gluten Free, Nut Free (Including factory), Suitable for Vegetarians.

This 150ml bottle has a very professional glossy label.  Pale background with red and black text.  A yellow lucha mask sits on the front with a little yellow ‘Extra hot’ warning above the text.  The sauce inside is a beautiful peachy red and looks relatively viscous, filled with small pieces of flesh and seed.  It has that unmistakable Habanero scent, which is warning enough that this sauce means business.  A little whiff of vinegar, but the Habanero is the real deal.

This sauce comes with a dropper lid, and for good reason!  Only a few drops on the tongue sends an instant signal to your saliva glands for them to start producing more juice.  The irresistable smokey Habanero flavour fills your mouth with a warm sensation.  The tip of your tongue, the inside of your lips and the roof of your mouth start to feel like they’re glowing.  There is no taste of vinegar, none.  Just the full flavour of the chilli and a little saltiness.  

I think Habaneros are under appreciated in sauces, but this sauce truly gives you all the raw flavour of this chilli without any other complex ingredients.  The guys at KanKun suggest this sauce on grilled beef, chicken and fish.  I can personally see this with a nice smokey grilled fish.The bottle also says ‘The range of uses for KanKun Habanero Sauce is greater than the number of threads of Pancho Villa’s Poncho!’  I agree.This sauce, with it being a single flavour sauce can be used in so many ways.Give it a try as an additive in your curry or chilli.  If you’re new to hot sauces and don’t have much of a tolerance for heat you can use just a couple of drops in your cooking to raise the heat level fractionally and add a new dimension to your cooking. 

The KanKun Habanero Sauce is available from Hotheads, Amazon and MexGrocer all for the astonishing price of £2.99.  BARGAIN!

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

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Named after the traditional name for the country their recipes originate from, Rwanda; owned and run by Stephanie Kayirangwa and Natt Boarer who bring the authentic flavours Rwandan dining table sauces to us, made right here in Portsmouth!

Stuffed generously into a 110ml jar, the Garlic Chilli sauce is bright yellow, filled with bits and flesh in a rather thick consistency. The label strips around the jar where the ‘1000’ has an overlay of some of the hills.The rest of the label is covered with a thick yellow smoke effect.

Ingedients: 

Onion, Garlic, Yellow Pepper, Vegetable Oil, Ciric Acid, Scotch Bonnet Chilli, Salt, and Other Spices.
May contain traces of nuts.

Upon opening the jar, I am overpowered by garlic.I don’t think I could smell more garlic if I was peeling it myself.Subtle hints of Scotch Bonnet heat sneak in behind the garlic and gently warm your nostrils to its presence.

Surprisingly, the first taste isn’t as garlic filled as I was expecting.  Yes, there is no doubt there is garlic there, but I taste something else first. Onion.The onion softens the garlic flavour, stops the sting from the aftertaste of garlic and encourages your mouth to water.Slowly afterwards the Scotch Bonnet heat comes gently massaging your tongue with its hot fingers.The vegetable oil makes sure that the heat from the Scotch Bonnet gets into every area possible for a good slow burn which lets you really appreciate it. 

Mix it with a little mayonnaise or yoghurt as a dip choice, or stir it through mashed potato are just two suggestions from Thousand Hills.If you’re feeling particularly lazy when cooking and want a double punch of heat and garlic; add a teaspoon of this to your meal (spaghetti bolognese sauce for example, or even in a chilli con carne).Use as an additive in cooking, or simply as a bit of a relish on a burger. 

Available from their website for only £2.50 for 110ml.Worth a good try for all you garlic lovers.

Flavour
(5/10)
Heat
(6/10)
Packaging
(9/10)
Value (7/10)
Overall
(6/10)

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When I first picked up this Hot Lemon sauce from Fat Man Chilli I was intrigued and excited to try it. My first impressions were good, I felt the ingredients list was impressive and the packaging was simplistic but clear. I liked the fact you had clear view of the product but was a bit unsure what to have the sauce with. Then I opened it and tried it, the flavour exceeded my expectations and on further kitchen experimentation found it is also extremely versatile.

As soon as you open the bottle you are hit with a strong aroma of lemon and mustard, I can also detect the garlic which is subtle and not too overpowering. The sauce is a mustard colour with the herbs clearly visible. It has a great consistency and texture with the thickness of a dipping sauce, it also works well in cooking.

Without a shadow of a doubt the best feature of this sauce is the taste and this isn’t surprising given the quality of ingredients used. The sharpness of the lemon hits you instantly then you experience the subtle warmth of the Lemon Aji chilli which reminds me of cracked black pepper. I think the use of Limoncello really adds a depth to this sauce.

The great thing about this product is it can be enjoyed with many different dishes and can be enjoyed by non chilliheads. With it being the festive season I have had friends over for nibbles and put this sauce on the table for people to try. Everyone has been very impressed with this sauce as they feel it is not over powering or too intense. The ingredients used complement each other and everyone who tried it went back for more sauce.

I have also cooked with this sauce and found it is a great addition, it works really well when stirred through with rice and I think it would be a great filling for a homemade chicken kiev. In regards to a dipping sauce it goes great with chips, chicken and prawns. I haven’t found anything it doesn’t work with.

I can see why this is the most popular Fat Man Chilli product, the website describes it as ‘A fantastic blend of Lemon Aji chilli and fresh lemons makes this our most popular sauce – you just have to try it’

All sauces and jelly are priced at £3.50 or you can order the Fat Man Chilli Range for £31.00 to find out more check out http://fatmanchilli.webs.com/

Ingredients: Lemon (19%), Lemon Chilli (2%) Wine Vinegar, Water, Mango Pulp, Peppers, Mustard, Onion, Garlic, Palm Sugar, Limoncello, Herbs, Spices, Salt

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(5/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value (7/10)
Overall
(7/10)

 

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With a jar that looks like it came straight from grandma, I wondered what I had received this time. I recognise the logo of this product as I remove it from my package of review products. Sutton and Sons, these guys do an excellent hog roast. I didn’t know they did chutneys too. All I now have in my head is hog roast…. This could distract me.Back to the jar of Grape and Scotch Bonnet Chutney that grandma sent, this has been kindly supplied by Sutton & Sons

The whole design looks like it would sit nicely in an all wood environment like a barn, with some kind of spit roast gently rotating in the corner. The choice of curly font and pictures of key ingredients on the label look quite vintage and don’t really catch your eye. Putting the Pig logo on the front with some basic text would have looked much more appealing to me. A very cute part of the label is the standard open and use within 3 months but just underneath is “this chutney was born on May 13”

Ingredients:

Scotch Bonnets, apples, onions, white grapes, ginger, caster sugar, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, cider vinegar

There is A LOT going on when you open the jar, as you can see from the ingredients above lots of strong flavours are blended together here. Each time I try to pick out an individual smell I find a new one; this can be a little overwhelming all at once. What is great to see though is the nice sloppy goodness swirling around in the jar, you know before plunging your spoon in that this stuff will both cover and stick to anything you want but you will have to eat it before it either covers your hand. Messy food is fun food and it’s perfect!

Enough of the waffle, on tasting this sticky goodness, again I did find it hard to pick out any of the flavours and cant help feeling this chutney does not have a true identity struggles a bit trying to be too many things. The scotch bonnet is a fruity chilli and I think the heat level is perfect for this chutney but with the power of the other ingredients you have lost the flavour of the beautiful scotch bonnet. I do have to remind myself though that this it a not a product designed to impress a chilli head but to most likely cover slow roast meat.

Jar kindly supplied by Sutton & Sons

The apples, onions and ginger will go perfect with your hog and I would most definitely keep going back for more of this stuff. I can’t pick out any flavour of the white grape but this does add nicely to the texture so you don’t just end up with a lump of apple. The cider vinegar does add sharpness to the overall flavour which I enjoy but I know this quality can put many off a chutney, though this will help cut through the fat of any meat.

Don’t be satisfied with apple on your spit roast, reach for this stuff! I clearly can’t get hog roast out of my mind during this review so checking the Sutton and Sons website, their suggestions suggest the grape and Scotch bonnet chutney will work perfectly with Aberdeen Angus beef and peppery rocket salad burgers. Overall I would say this is one for meat lovers, BBQ fans and foodies but not chilli heads.

If you ever get Sutton and Sons to cater for you or see them at an event like west dean chilli fiesta you will see a range of their chutneys to cover your hog in you might like to know that they only use their own products at Sutton & Sons events so you can cover your food to your hearts content and share the sticky love around J

£3.50 is the price to pay to bring this taste to your spit roast bun

Flavour
(6/10)
Heat
(6/10)
Packaging
(4/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(6/10)

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