Here’s a great idea for any chilli lover. And what’s more you can still order online or by phone and get delivery by Christmas, if you get your skates on.
I’ve been sent a set of these 5 hot chilli sauces to test. Being slightly fool hardy, I’ve opened two so far. Now, I do love chillis. I’ve been growing them this year on my roof garden, with mixed success. And I really like dishes like ceviche which use fresh chilli to spice things up. I also cheat quite regularly with hot chilli sauce if I am feeling lazy and a recipe asks for chilli, I will use chilli sauce in preference to powered or flakes because it’s a much more controllable way to add ‘heat’. If you use powered or flakes, then you won’t get the full ‘kick’ until the mix is rehydrated, which can be too late!
So if you are looking for a hot tip this Christmas, why not (woops sorry! Bad pun!)
These are the tasting notes that came with the set. So far I’ve tasted the Tapatio Hot Sauce, which was tangy and hot rather than blow your tongue off…and the limited edition Mad Dog. Which did what it said on the tin. Incidentally if you DO find you’ve eaten something too hot, a spoonful of natural yoghurt works a treat!
“Here are our top five ‘connoisseurs’ recommendations to choose from, gradually moving up the heat scale from ‘beginners mild’ to ‘it’ll blow your head off’ (In addition to the heat, the range of flavours, colours and textures are genuinely quite remarkable and varied, just like with wines, so why not try a few and do a tasting):
- Tapatio Hot Sauce – This year marks the 40th Anniversary of this Mexican inspired sauce that’s found on every table top in bars and restaurants across the USA. A robust cayenne pepper sauce with great flavour and a sweet citrusy tang that’s good for all round use. A perfect ‘easy on the heat’ sauce for the chilli novice! Hot-Headz heat rating: 3/10. £3.99
- Brother Bru-Bru’s Mild African Pepper Sauce – a mouth watering blend of chilli peppers, garlic and Brother Bru Bru’s rare African spices. Brother Bru Bru is in fact no other than session musician Bruce Langhorne who used to play with Bob Dylan. It’s a fact that Dylan wrote Mr.Tambourine Man about Bruce. Yes that’s him on the label! Splash it on or in everything! Hot-Headz heat rating: 5/10. £3.99
- Pyromania! Wanna play with Fire? Made with habanero peppers and chipotle “Chee-Poht-Lay” (smoked jalapeno) peppers for a wonderful rich and smoky hot sauce that’s great on everything from eggs and vegetables to fish, meat, rice, pasta and tofu. Getting warmer. Hot-Headz heat rating: 7/10. £3.99
- Hot-Headz own ‘Who Dares Burns! Crushed Naga Hot Sauce’ – Now we’re getting serious! A whopping 65% chilli pepper content gives this all natural sauce a killer heat with fresh, fresh flavour! The Naga Bhut Jolokia is the Guinness Book of World Records holder of the Hottest Chilli in the World. We’ve skilfully blended these deadly hot chilli peppers with select ingredients to make the tastiest Naga sauce on the market. In skiing parlance, this is definitely black run. Hot-Headz heat rating: 9/10. £3.99
- Mad Dog 357 – Claiming to be the ‘World’s Hottest Sauce’ this is about as hot as you can go without being classed as a food additive. This ‘not for the faint of heart’ sauce has a blend of 160,000 scoville super hot cayenne peppers, fiery hot red habanero peppers and finally a whopping 2,000,000 scoville pepper extract. Totally off-piste! A tongue scorching 357,000 Scoville unit sauce. Hot-Headz heat rating: 11/10. £7.49 (Collectors Edition with bullet key chain containing tiny tasting spoon! 600,000 Scoville units – £9.95)
You can buy these online from www.hot-headz.com to order on-line OR Call: 01453 731052. ”
BE VERY CAREFUL IF YOU TRY THE MAD DOG ONE