Happy thursday, everybody. As I mentioned in tuesday’s review, it’s now september and that means that we’re overdue for round four of my Hot Ones-style line-up. That set of ten sauces, that I update annually, designed to give you the best UK-centric replica of the show’s experience that I can.
I am, after all, a UK chilli reviewer. Which puts me in the perfect position to craft such a collection.
This year, however, I’ve been somewhat disappointed by the products showcased on First We Feast. They haven’t interested me nearly as much as those in past seasons.
So, instead of looking at what the real show does and trying to mimic it, I’m going to try and whip up the wildest collection of wing-friendly, ascending heat sauces that I can, this time.
But, if you are after a more traditional line-up, there’s always the Chilli Shop and Mojo’s Bar’s monthly 📽️Hot Ones challenge night📽️, here in leeds.
Hopefully, between that and today’s post, I’ve got all of the bases covered.
How’s it going, fellow fiery food fans? It’s been three weeks since world chocolate day, making this post quite disappointingly late, but here it is: The promised confection!
Not one, not two but three whole bars from Prices Spices, who’s delay in shipping them out to me apparently stems from a chronic inability to keep up with demand. So many people want Michael Price’s chocolate that he just can’t keep it in stock and he seems to have to make each batch to order.
So it would seem that these are some seriously well-liked bars. But is their popularity truly warranted?
Let’s find out!
Hey folks, here’s one that I promised pretty recently: The Psycho Juice Mustard Ghost Pepper, from Doctor Burnorium.
Me and Vitani talked about our expectations for this sauce, in an unboxing of 📽️ his others 📽️, last month. And, while they weren’t honestly all that high, I bought this sauce to review and I intend to give it a fair shot.
After all, just because his other ghost sauces have been harsh and abrasive doesn’t necessarily mean that this one will be. Or that that sharp heat and acidity won’t go with its other named ingredient.
I’ve enjoyed pretty much everything that Doctor Burnorium has made with other peppers and even liked the ghosts, in his exquisite chocolate, so it’s not exactly a write off just yet.
I’ll keep an open mind as I give this sauce a go.
Alright, everyone, I just found out that it was world chocolate day on tuesday and I missed it. For some reason, my calendar showed only the rival holiday, international chocolate day, all the way over in october.
So, in order to make up for that, I’m going to bring you a simple sunday recipe, using Daddy Cool’s caramelised bar to make a drink that does anything but live up to his name. A ghost pepper and caramel white hot chocolate:
Plus, I do also have another chocolate review coming up but that’ll have to wait just a little longer.
The weekend is for cooking.
Hey folks, it’s tuesday again and, being the 30th, you might think that we’d be through with my birthday content. But you’d be wrong.
People have been generous, this year, and Tom’s Curious Sauces is no exception, having sent me this pair specially.
The chipotle being Tom’s mildest, yet also my favourite flavour from his range.
But what’s that to the side of it? Something new. Something hot. And something very, very ghost pepper.
It’s the final version of a product that I’ve been helping him taste test. Though it looks rather different from the Honey Ghost that you may have seen, behind me, in recent videos.
I’m looking forward to seeing what’s changed, as well as having another crack at his wonderful chipotle blend, so let’s give them both a go, shall we?
It’s monday, dear readers, and, while it might not be my usual blogging day, it is, in fact, my birthday. The day where I turn a year older and I mark the occasion with something stupidly hot. An extract-based sauce or two to make me suffer for your entertainment, as well as the entertainment of those who craft such fearsome concoctions.
As I mentioned, last week, this year’s post is dedicated to Dan Reed and his company, Chilli of the Valley. A company who kindly supplied me with one of their hottest natural products as an appetiser.
Yet I kind of suspect that that’s all that Dan meant for his Black Death to be. Because it may have been hot and tasty but it sure didn’t pack the unnatural punch of a sauce like this:
His Phwoar Koff and Dai.
Not that it’s actually meant to be read as “Phwoar Koff and Dai” but, well, I do try to keep things family friendly on my front page. And I’m sure that we’ll all understand what it really means once we’ve tried it.
So, now that we’re back onto sweet sauces, what do you lot say we take another look at one of my favourite fruit?
This, here, is Can I Play with Mangos – A product that I promised to talk about back when I tried Rock A Doodle Do’s other, more mythology-themed sauces. Because, while that pair highlighted their irish heritage, the company’s origins lie elsewhere. In classic rock and metal puns.
But, truth be told, I’ve felt no urgency in getting to their Iron Maiden-inspired mango and habanero sauce because, hard as such a pairing is to screw up, Rock A Doodle Do’s last feature didn’t exactly fill me with confidence.
So, just in case they have gone that extra mile somehow, I’m going to throw in another couple of mango sauces alongside theirs. Both with rather more exciting chillies.
Hey folks, I’ve had this review in the back of my mind for a while now and, with so much sweet stuff on the site lately, I reckon now’s the perfect time for it. The ideal moment for the savoury garlic comparison that I’ve been planning ever since a garlic sauce proved my favourite in my tri-ginger tournament.
So, let’s meet the contestants, shall we?
On the left, we have Torchbearer Sauces’ Garlic Reaper, as seen on Hot One’s eighth season. Probably the hottest of the bunch and definitely the palest, creamiest looking.
Then, on the right, we see Fire Foods’ Fire Garlic, with its equally to the point name and the bold, yet uninformative, branding that we’ve seen on all of the company’s products.
And finally, in the middle, lies Chilliscrumptious’ First Date. A sauce who’s packaging could say everything or nothing, depending on how much you’re willing to turn the bottle. Here it is from a couple different angles to show you what I mean:
The art, company name and sauce name are all on different sides, making this bottle a real pain in the neck to display, but the garlic bulbs in the background certainly ram home what it’s all about and I did love their coffee sauce.
So I have to know, how does this little scotch bonnet number stack up against the ghost and reaper of its equally garlic-themed competitors?
Happy tuesday, spice lovers and welcome back to another fiery food review.
Recently, we’ve been looking at a lot of rather strong sauces – Anywhere from regular “hot” to pushing the upper limits of what we all know to be possible – and last week’s “mild” cranberry chocolate did nothing to bring the heat back down. So today, I’d like to show you something more medium that I’ve been holding onto for quite a while:
Hot-Headz’ own Apple Chipotle Bourbon BBQ.
I discovered this barbecue sauce all the way back in twenty-seventeen and was so impressed that I talked my local chilli shop into stocking it. But, to my dismay, it was discontinued before I could put my love for it into words online.
Only recently has it resurfaced, giving me the opportunity to talk about it oncemore, but I’m not going to let it get away from me again. So please, read on and discover what it is that makes today’s product my all time favourite from Hot-Headz.
Hey there everyone, it’s just gone easter but, today, I’d like to look at some chocolate anyway. A couple of bars from a creator we know well but haven’t previously seen any snacks from.
Yes, this week, I’m taking a look at Daddy Cool’s new chocolate line:
Both white, this time around, but one with cranberries and a hint of habanero, while the other is clearly caramelised, making it the only chilli product of its kind. Both put their flavours first on the label but, on closer inspection of the chocolate, their peppers are also quite hard to miss:
Those spots of orange and red look like very generous hints to me. Yet flip them over and we can see that Daddy Cool’s have been just as generous with the fruit and fudge.
These chocolates are going to be fiery, certainly, but I expect that they’ll also be just as full of flavour.