Tuesday, 24 January 2012
It is easy to see why Sinful Sauces, a brand that is relatively young in the chilli world, created such a stir when it first came to light. With an attractive presentation, a refreshing attitude from its owners and an originality envied by many, it is a brand that we hope is here to stay for a long while, especially since we are absolute addicts of chilli sauces such as Envy, Wicked or Bliss, part of the Sinful Sauces "7 Deadly Sins" collection of hot sauces.
Sinful Sauces has created many more products to tempt the masses from the great Chilli Peanut Butter or Chilli Chocolate and Hazelnut Spread to innovative chilli pickles, namely Sinful Sauces Habanero & Cardamom, Sinful Sauces Scotch Bonnet & Pomegranate and the already notorious Sinful Sauces Naga and Mustard.
All these chilli pickles have one thing in common: quality ingredients, although we would also add that they have incredible flair, great heat and fantastic taste. All of them have got more than 80% chilli content in them, something that is not easy to find in most chilli products and although the 110ml jar might be seen as small from some customers, the flavour and heat are so intense that the jar actually lasts you a while so really we just cannot fault any of these chilli pickles from Sinful Sauces and recommend them highly to anybody who likes to get good value for money and seeks a great combination of taste and spice.
Saturday, 21 January 2012
Over the years a The Devil's Garden we have seen pretty weird chilli related items so really it was only a matter of time before chilli manufacturers went all out and touched an area that some might consider sacred: the world of sweets.
Chilli gummy bears have been around for a while now but they are still an item difficult to get so we were thrilled when Hot Headz started producing their own version and although we kind of knew what to expect we didn't actually realise what we were getting ourselves into!
On the outside of course these lovely orange-coloured chilli gummy bears look the picture of innocence but do not be fooled! These angelic little cherubs definitely have a good set of teeth and their habanero chilli bite is the kind that leaves marks for a while...
Of course we have to mention their evil chilli character but to be fair they also do have a sweet side... or at least a fruity one! Hot Headz uses fruit concentrate that contains grape, apple and apricots so it is a lovely sweet taste that develops after popping a few of these bad boys into your mouth, although you soon decide (yet again) to never have another one ever again. But just like alcohol or cigarettes, Hot Headz habanero chilli gummy bears are truly addictive despite their devilish nature and will carry on taunting you until you reach for the bag again (250g)!
Friday, 20 January 2012
Cajohns Fiery Foods is a US brand that has been around since the 90’s although John Hard the man behind the brand decided to take the reins of his every increasing chilli empire in 2004 with numerous international, national and regional awards to be proud of. Cajohns Fiery Foods now has over 150 products from chilli salsas to hot sauces of course, barbecue sauces and chilli mustards to suit the most difficult and chilli heat resistant palate. His range of chilli purees has long been acclaimed and is aptly named “Cajohn’s Select Chilli Purees”.
The ones any self-proclaimed chilli addict or even chilli beginner should get their hands on are the ones representing families of chillies at their best we mean the famous habanero, the deathly fatalii, the smoky chipotle and the fragrant (and mildest of the lot) Serrano chilli pepper.
Each bottle of chilli puree from Cajohn’s Select Range deserves to be called “puree” rather than simply “hot sauce” as more than 80% of the bottle is crammed full with each particular type of chilli therefore offering the general public a selection for them to choose from, from mild to wild, from savoury to fruity and from gorgeous to insane!
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Blair's has been around since 1989 so it's no wonder it is now one of the major leading brands in the chilli world.
Blair's superhot trinity of hot sauces in a compilation of sweet and savoury chilli sauces that will make any chilli head exult with joy thanks to its heat of course but also because of its flavour.
The mildest of the trilogy is Blair's Sudden Death Hot Sauce which is made using the fruity habanero, and some cayenne chilli pepper, but also clover honey and ginseng as well as of course a good glug of chilli extract. Many a grown man has been reduced to tears by Blair's Sudden Death Hot Sauce so it is definitely something to handle with care!
Blair's Mega Death, the middle child also has the same base ingredients of habanero and cayenne but is a sweeter sauce thanks to molasses, ginger and surprisingly guava nectar and ancho chillies to complement the flavour and only 550 000 Scoville Heat Units to boost things up!
The last evil sprog of the Blair's Trinity is Blair's Ultra Death chilli sauce which has scared more than one chilli head. This is like pure liquid fire going down your throat. Here again we find habaneros, cayenne but also tomato puree, piri-piri chillies and the beloved Naga Jolokia and this time just above 1 100 000 Scoville Heat Units!
All we know is that we love them all, a feeling matched by a lot of Blair's fans and we definitely can see why!
Monday, 16 January 2012
The weather hasn’t been the best for outdoor barbecues these past few weeks/months in the UK but this hasn’t stopped the Devil’s Garden’s team from enjoying great BBQ chilli sauces and various chilli mixes and seasonings such as Bad Byron’s Butt Rub.
One of our favourite chilli products at the moment is Eaton’s Jamaican Jerk Seasonings. A mild and a hot version are available (we tend to go for the hot one to be perfectly honest...) which means that everybody can enjoy the great jerky flavour.
Eaton’s Jamaican Jerk Seasonings are not to be mistaken for a chilli sauce though. This type of chilli seasoning is more like a chunky coating to use as a marinade rather than a sauce. Eaton’s Jamaican Jerk Seasonings are so pungent that you only need a little bit to produce a big result and you only need about 30 minutes of marinating time for meat, vegetable or fish to take on the flavour.
Although a tad on the salty side (but then again we don’t generally use a lot of salt at The Devil’s Garden) Eaton’s Jamaican Jerk Seasonings are truly delectable. The smell of the spring onion is the first thing that hits you, quickly followed by an intriguing mix of spices and herbs. We absolutely love to marinade some diced chicken in it and grill as kebabs but have also used Eaton’s Jerk Seasonings as a topping for pork chops and with steamed fish.
We would definitely recommend Eaton’s Jamaican Jerk Seasonings to everybody as this is a very versatile product that doesn’t only rely on chillies to make it work. So get your hands on a jar or try some other Eaton’s products such as the delicious Jamaican Jerk Hot Sauce or Eaton’s Original Jamaican Jerk Barbecue Sauce!