Prehistoric Horror

Happy halloween everyone, this week we’re looking at what some might consider a true nightmare of a creature, the megalodon.

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With its bold, cracked, red and white lettering between the jaws of that prehistoric super shark, this sauce looks fierce. Yet, while its claim of having “a LOT of BITE” proved true on camera, the product’s theming makes the warning seem almost humorous.

So it’s a good thing Upton Cheyney Chilli Farm reinforce the message with a classic black and yellow warning sign. One like you might see beside dangerous waters, though my own first thoughts with such objects will always be in the realms of mad science.

It’s a wonderful, bold design that definitely drives home the point – that this is a sauce to be careful with – without losing its identity or sense of fun in the process. And the added contrast of the light blue ocean spray that wraps around behind the ingredients list (just about visible on the left) is simply icing on the cake.

The megalodon’s label is almost perfect. The one thing I can find to criticise is that you can’t ever quite see the whole name at once. A bit of a problem if you want it as a collection piece or are trying to sell it in stores but a complete non-issue at more spread out market stalls or for its main audience: People who actually eat sauce this hot.

It’s not something that will bother most people but, having had to photograph it twice for this review, it’s something that I still feel obliged to bring up.

Aside from that, its an incredible design, which I’m sure has been enough to sell bottles of this beastie on numerous occasions.

But, besides the very occasional novelty item, I don’t buy my sauces for their looks. I buy them for the flavour and fire that they promise and no promise is truer than that made by a free sample.

I bought this bottle after trying the sauce at Reading Chilli Fest but received a second recently when I took a look at october’s Flaming Licks box.

I’ve tried it twice now so I know it’s a great sauce and, if you’ve been keeping up to date with my work, I’m sure you’ve heard as much. Today, however, I’m going into detail on why.

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Celebrity Hot Wings

Hello again everyone, if you like hot sauce and you’re on the internet, you may well already know what I’m going to talk about today.

Hot Ones

Hot Ones.

Described as “The show with hot questions and even hotter wings.”, this unusually high production youtube series is becoming very popular.

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A New World’s Hottest?

So here’s something I’m sure you’ve all seen by now:

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dragon’s breath chilli, as seen in the Daily Mirror

Chilli Bob’s Farm’s and Tom Smith’s Plants’ dragon’s breath chilli. A tree-like plant that produces some small but supposedly extremely hot peppers with an average scoville rating of almost two and a half million.

Compared to the average heat of the current record holder, the carolina reaper (between 1.4 and 1.57 million, depending on when you take the record from), this is a massive step up. It even beats out the reaper’s 2.2 million peak.

Such a stunning heat difference that it has been all over the news and in social media feeds across the globe.

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Seven Pot Brownies

Hello again everyone, this week I’m going a little off schedule and bringing you an extra little bonus recipe. After all, what better way is there to celebrate the season of giving than with a free gift for you and a free shout out to one of my fellow food bloggers, Dana from I’ve Got Cake?

You see, I’m not bringing you my own creation today but rather adapting one of hers. With this, the 7-pod or 7-pot brainstrain:

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According to various sources, this little sucker peaks at over 1.4 million scoville, making it the Guinness Book of Records’ third hottest chilli in the world but I cannot confirm with any degree of certainty whether that is the case. Guinness themselves don’t list any chilli that hasn’t once held the top spot.

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Spooky Space Dust

So, we’ve had their medium green one and we’ve had their hot yellow top, this week it’s time for The Chilli Alchemist’s superhot red popping candy, right?

Wrong.

Before I bring you their red Melliculus Reaper, there’s another middle heat. Their original Melliculus, which I now call Melliculus Black.

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The Spooksville Special

Hello everyone and welcome to my first review of november.

This week was all set to be business as usual with another of my product samples from The Chilli Alchemist but, just a few days ago, my new twitter PR guy came up with something different. Something halloween themed. Something that looked a lot like this:

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In fact, that’s exactly what it was. Thousand Hills’ Screaming Pumpkin Chilli Jam.

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Of Strawberries and Scorpions

Hello again spice lovers, happy tuesday oncemore.

Today I have for you a special offering from the chilli pepper company, made in conjunction with the Fire Breathing Idiot, Ted Barrus.

Some of you will know the guy, while some of you may be less familiar with his work but Ted is another chilli reviewer, preferring to put out sensationalist videos rather than written reviews.

From the way he can describe chillies and sauces professionally in a single take, the man clearly has a lot of skill but his challenge oriented approach and ridiculous video effects made me quite unclear what to expect of a sauce tailored to his tastes.

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