Scotch Bonnet

Hi chilli padawans, hows it going? I hope you all had a cracking easter and stuffed yourself silly with lots of chocolate and other shite, while i sat at home and dieted….being a fat bastard has its drawbacks!

Anyway, with that out of the way allow me to introduce a newcomer to the chilli scene, this sauce today comes from a guy named Steve Cooley, who runs “Daddy Cools Hot Sauce” over in Glossop, he’s an artisan sauce maker who has about 5 sauces in his range currently as far as I can tell (this figure may be wrong lol) and is always developing new flavours and products in his range.
He sent me this sauce for a review a little while ago, and I thought I would do it justice and review it for the Chilefoundry, so without further ado, lets get down to business…

Ingredients: Scotch bonnet, lime juice, honey, cocoa powder, smoked paprika, apples, onions, salt, black treacle, tomatoes, smoked hickory, apple cider vinegar, black pepper, chipotle chilli powder.

Seeing as summer is just around the corner, means that BBQ season is upon us (as is chilli festival season!) and this sauce is perfect for that! “Daddy Cools Smoky BBQ Sauce” is one of the first sauces brought to us by Steve Cooley, and it seems to be getting more widespread recognition of late, judging by the reviews on their facebook page and twitter stream, so I thought I’d get off my arse and get my review up as well!

The bottle itself is a relatively typical of the hotsauce industry in the UK, (although at time of print and in the video I must point out that Steve has recently switched to the more widely used sauce bottles that 90% of the UK hotsauce manufacturers use!) and has a little horned dude on the front, who has disturbingly wild eyes, along with the name of the sauce in a pseudo wild west style lettering, accompanying this is the typical ingredients list and other things such as website address and whatnot.

Tbh, as always I go bleat on about this sauce, and you could read it and go “that sounds nice!” but instead, I like to show you my true reaction to the sauce, and this should tell you whether or not its a winner in my eyes, so please, enjoy the video.

You can put this sauce on most things, but especially BBQ, it has a smoky sweet taste that lends itself perfectly to cooked chicken, pork, beef, ribs etc etc. Obviously in the video I did not have a BBQ to hand, nor all the meat necessary to make such an assumption, but its pretty much a no brainer that this stuff will go well on charred summer food!

You can buy it from www.daddycoolspeppersauce.co.uk for around £3.50 a bottle plus P+P, and while you’re there there are other sauces he does, including a couple for the mental headbangers among you who like their bollocks blown off with heat!

Right, that’s it from me for another Chilefoundry review, please keep watching and reading and don’t forget to like & share the video and subscribe to the youtube channel (www.youtube.com/darthnaga) until the next time my chilli padawans, may the sauce be with you, always…take care!

Flavour
(7/10)
Heat
(4/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value (7/10)
Overall
(7/10)

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Our first review of 2015 is of a new product from a new company Orange Dog Hot Pepper Sauce who late last year sent us some samples in a an orange postal tube..

Orange Dog Hot Pepper Sauce_smThis jar or sauce has been ‘ten years in the making’ says Eric Focardi Dolling the founder of Orange Dog Hot Pepper Sauce, the sauce is manufactured in small batches, each is individually numbered in their home kitchen while the children are at nursery and school. This is a real cottage industry based in Welshpool Midwales. They also run a holiday Yurt business called Strawberry Skys Yurts just encase you are looking for a holiday while reading our web site.

On opening the jar you get a blast of fruit from the mango and apricots. The sauce is a pleasing orange colour, it is almost a paste in consistency, the first flavours comes from with the sweetness of the mango and apricots, which is soon followed by the warmth from the scotch bonnets, the second spoonful is even more fruity, this is one delicious sauce.

Ingredients: Scotch Bonnet Chillies (18%), Dried Mango & Apricot (preservative Sodium Metabsulphite E223), Onion, Garlic, Sultanas (Sultanas, vegatable oil), Water, Vinager, Turmeric, Salt.

Sample Jars provided by Orange Dog Hot Pepper Sauce

I think putting this is a jar is a necessity due to the thickness, it would probably not want to pour from a bottle, that thickness makes it a good addition to a sandwich or stir some into pasta as I have just done for my lunch.

I don’t think I have come across a sauce with this combination before, most of the mango sauces I have tried and much more watery, combining the fruity flavours with the scotch bonnet works very well. for a first product this is very good, I hope we will see Eric at some of the chilli festivals later this year. Otherwise you can order your own 174g jar for £3.50 plus delivery or £4.50 from retail stockists.

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

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SonnyI came across Sonny as he had painted some pictures of chillies and had posted some the chilli groups on FaceBook his water colours for me seem to have captured the chilli look just about right.

Sonny has been painting for about 25 years specialising in portraits and landscapes in both watercolour and acrylics oils pastels, Sonny has worked and painted around the world including Scotland, Australia, Spain, Africa, America and is now back in the United Kingdom. His passion for growing chillies has inspired him to produce artworks and jewellery showing off the beautiful shapes and colours of the many varieties.

You can find Sonny visiting many of the UK chillies festivals and see more of his paintings if you follow this link to his Facebook page

Sopnny Chana Water Colour Chillies Chilli’s include Cayenne, Twilight, Scotch Bonnet, Black Pearl, Jalapeño, Trinidad Scorpion, Apache, Carolina Reaper, Vampire, Chocolate Habanero, Hot Tomato and Friar’s Hat.

Sonny is selling signed prints of the picture above, the small to the right is 15cm x 20cm (double mounted 28cm x 34cm) is £20 plus £3 p&p, the larger print to the left is 20cm x 29cm (double mounted 34cm x 43cm) is £30 plus £3 p&p, Printed on high quality paper.

Painting in progress

Watercolour Chilli

Chilli Earings

If you would like to contact Sonny about his work, or to order a print or some jewellery, please use the form below.
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PeppesSauceHot_smOne of the first sauces that has winged it way to us at the ChileFoundry since we reopened for reviews has been Peppi’s Sauce. The sauce comes in a 150ml bottle and has a yellow colour, with hints of red..

On cracking open the bottle there is a lovely smell of mustard, vinegar and chillies, first taste is BANG with the chilli heat, and a good kick from the mustard, this is a good start to the day.

The heat does not last long and it not to extreme, but from such a simple list of ingredients this sauce makes my taste buds start popping, a second spoon is quickly required. again a good hit of heat, now I am truly awake and ready to go.

Ingredients: Pepper, Onions, Vinegar, Water, Mustard, Salt, Sugar.

Supplied by Peppi’s Sauce www.peppissauce.co.uk

The sauce is not thick or thin, it pours well and sticks nicely, idea as a condiment with some beef to replace my extra hot mustard.

Presentation could do with a bit of a work, the label has become marked during transit and it not up to the quality of the product, the web site has contact details, but no way of ordering, some simple PayPal buy buttons could solve this in a few minutes.

At £3.50 per bottle this is pretty good value, this bottle won’t go to waste, roll on the next roast diner.

I would give this sauce a definite BUY recommendation, great flavour, good heat level, not you standard fare.

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(6.5/10)
Packaging
(3/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(7/10)

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