Pink Pickles

Hey folks, it’s tuesday again and, today, I feel like trying something new. A different kind of product than anything that I’ve brought you before:

These are Chilli Bobs’ pickled onions, made with chilli and pink peppercorns. And labelled in pink and purple, to match.

Their kilner jar, alone, is quite distinctive. Yet so, too, is the pepper and I’ve previously found that those little pink peppercorns pair wonderfully with spicy food. Though I’d never have thought of using them in a setting like this.

Chilli Bobs’ pickled onions are an extremely creative product and there’s still at least one more surprise, hidden within. So let’s have a look, shall we?

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Mexican Sky

Hola, mi amigos! Tomorrow is mexican independence day. So, today, we’re going to take a little look at something thematically appropriate, imported by Mex Grocer.

This huge bottle holds Ki’ Gourmet’s Cielo Rojo. Or “Red Sky”, for those of you who don’t speak spanish. A blackberry and chipotle morita sauce, which sounds unlike anything that I’ve had before.

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East Coast Reason

Happy tuesday, everyone, and welcome to september proper. Today, we’ve got my first review of the month but it’s from some old friends, down on the east coast, who I really feel like I should have revisited sooner.

This is Reason. The East Coast Chilli Co. – Or ECCC, as I like to call them – ‘s supposed range topper. Their extra hot, naga-enhanced, habanero sauce.

Now, I love these guys. Their marketing man is super friendly, their sauces are delicious and their use of garlic, in particular, is masterful. But I’m a little sceptical on this particular product. Because, as much as I want to believe in the E triple C, I just don’t see how a five percent ghost pepper sauce is going to match or exceed the heat of their carolina reaper Midnight 21.

In fact, even at sixty percent, Dr. Burnorium’s most brutal naga sauce only achieved the same rating. And that was with unusually strong, roasted chillies.

So I’m not expecting anything super from today’s sauce, heat-wise, but I’ll be putting its claims to the test, anyway. And I sure am expecting some serious flavour, after the company’s others.

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Golden Garlic

Hello again, everyone. I’ve had today’s trio in my back pocket for a little while know and, as I understand it, so have two of the companies involved. Because, despite their products looking completely different, both Hot Pods and Foraged Fire have done their absolute utmost to highlight the flavours of fermented honey and garlic, in these two:

And, though our third item may have been made a little quicker, it still promises the same sweet syrup and bold root, at its core:

It’s Torchbearer’s Honey Garlic and, while it promises to be rather milder than their last garlic sauce, that reaper concoction was far from all heat. If They can bring the same creaminess and garlic kick to today’s product, without the world record chilli, my bottle’s going to be gone in no time!

So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the lot and see how all three manage to set themselves apart.

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Chilli Candy

Hey folks, we’ve had a whole bunch of rather hot products, these last two weeks, so today I thought I’d switch it up with something milder: Pure chillies!

No, I haven’t gone insane. Or at least, not any more so than normal. These jars are filled with jalapeños. Mild pepper, potentially made even tamer by being candied.

And, unlike the 📽️caramel flavoured ones📽️ that I got from Daddy Cool’s, they come in two different colours. As well as a most unexpected strawberry jam.

Because, as it turns out, Haynes Gourmet aren’t quite the condiment company that I first took them for. They’re candied chilli specialists and every single of of their creations uses that same, sweet and spicy base.

So let’s try it out, shall we.

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Holy Lychee

Happy tuesday, everyone. Several months back, I showed you all a brand new sweet chilli sauce from Brighton Hot Stuff and, when I did, I mentioned that it came free with one of my orders.

Well, this week, I think that it’s finally time that I showed you what that order was. Along with another little freebie that they’ve sent me since:

Today, we have two rather intriguing items from them – A habanero-based lychee sauce, drawing upon the company’s chinese heritage, and a mixed chilli and buckfast blend, made in conjunction with Super Nothing TV.

Both of which promise to be rather fruity in most unorthodox ways.

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Jerk Trio

Hey folks, I hope you’re ready for another heaping helping of hot because, this week, I’m back with not one, not two but three fiery jerk blends, featuring everything from the traditional scotch bonnet to one of the UK’s absolute hottest. And every single one of them comes from a company that I know and love!

Hot Pods, Alkemio Kitchen, Daddy Cool’s and even Cliff, the Devon Chilli Man, are all represented among today’s trio and I’m looking forward to the lot. But, even so, one particular product stands out. And not just in its appearance…

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Moor from Gingerbeard

So you may have noticed that I recently got my hands on something rather unique, from Hop’t. A dark and herbal, stout-inspired sauce which was actually part of a three pack.

So expect to see a little more of their range, in the coming weeks but, for now, I’d like to feature an old favourite that their hop-forward flavour reminded me of: Ginger Beard’s Preserves.

In the past, I thoroughly enjoyed a few of their products but it was their use of Electric Bear Brewing Co.’s pale ale, with its yuzu-like tropical fruit and citra-hop flavour, inparticular, that really won me over. It simply made the most amazing piccalilli.

So, today, I’d like to take a look at another of their beer-based collaborations and see if it holds up just as well. Specifically, this Chipotle Ketchup, infused with The Moor Beer Co.’s Porter:

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Apple & Mango

Hey there, everybody. It’s time for another review and, today, I’d like to try some more mango sauce. Given that I didn’t get my full fix, last week.

With that in mind, I’d like to crack open a couple of freebies that I recently received, from Chilli Bob’s:

His Spiced Sticky Apple, which is new to me, and his Burmese Mango, which is anything but.

I first tasted that second sauce back in february, during a brief stint of judging for the North East UK Chilli Heads Facebook group’s product awards. Twenty-something chilli condiments graced my desk, that month, all filled with fruit, but this one, in particular, stood out. And, if the company hadn’t sent me a bottle, I’d definitely have had to buy one.

Why? You’re going to have to read on to find out.

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A Local Last Dab

Just the one, this week, my friends, but it’s sure to be a right doozie. ‘Cause, today, we’re looking at Singularity Sauce Co.’s Reapers & Mangoes. The only independent number ten to grace Hot Ones’ table since the advent of 📽️The Last Dab📽️.

Unlike most of the show’s line-up, however, this isn’t another pricey, american import. And, while I’m grateful to Hot-Headz for stocking so many of those, it’s also nice to see Hot Ones showcase a product made here in the UK. In scotland. The country of my birth.

It’s a rare, local highlight, in amongst their otherwise states-centric assortment, and its spot as the final sauce affords it great clout. So, throw in one of my favourite fruits and you just know I had to get my hands on a bottle.

Yet it wasn’t nearly as quick of a pick up as I’d hoped. Because I wasn’t the only one aboard the hype train.

It was going far, it was going fast and it was going… to take months for the next batch to ferment, back when I got in touch.

I’m afraid that it just wasn’t possible to write this review, back when it first saw that january feature. But it is now and I’m eager to make up for lost time.

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