Nutty Butters

Hey folks, happy pancake day!

Unfortunately, I haven’t managed to write a special blog post for my favourite food-based holiday this year.

I wanted to but, when I found out when the event was, I was too ill. In fact, I still am, to an extent.

Not ill enough to impair my brain function, anymore. I can write again but there is one thing that the remnants of my cold still have over me – I can’t trust my sense of taste right now. Or my sense of heat, for that matter.

So, instead of me writing something topical and special, here’s a post I pre-prepared about one or two of my weirder finds. A couple of the more out there products that I promised I’d be showcasing this year.

Today, I have a pair of peanut butters for you:

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A Flaming Hot Restaurant

Hello everyone, today I’m at Miah’s Kitchen, an indian restaurant in the heart of Leeds.

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And I’m here with a group of friends and co-workers to put their menu to the test because I got a tip off that they do the only vegetarian naga dish in the city.

Not that that’s the only exciting thing on their menu.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Naga

Merry christmas everyone!

I know it’s a day late but, well, christmas was a monday this year. One that I spent having a good time with good food and all of my immediate family. As well as just lazing around and taking the day off.

Today, though, I’m back to celebrate the holiday season with another spicy review.

No, not one that’s tackily themed to the occassion. One that was specially requested by a reader. Because what better way is there to celebrate such a gift giving festival than to give something back to one of you?

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The Welsh Dragon

Happy thursday folks, we’re getting close to christmas and this is a bit later than I’d originally hoped to have it but here’s the dragon’s breath:

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And yes, it’s in a sauce.

In fact, it’s a sauce you’ve already seen. It’s an updated version of The Chilli Pepper Company’s earlier, less grammatically correct “Dragons Breath”.

Whether this change is just to avoid confusion or because they seriously believe in the strain, I couldn’t say but I appreciate it. It keeps the sauce from having the name of a chilli it doesn’t contain and, more excitingly, it gives me a way to check the pepper out.

I never did manage to get a sample from either of the two people who claimed to have developed it but, while I’m still very sceptical of the dragon’s breath chilli, I’m definitely curious. I’m definitely happy to have my hands on it.

And, as the first superhot said to be literally inedible, I feel I have a duty to prove its growers wrong.

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More Death from Devon

Happy tuesday again, folks, it’s time for another little hotty.

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This time, it’s Death at the Crimson Altar – One of Devon Chilli Man’s hottest, shown here in its more portable, karabiner-adorned, mini bottle. Perfect for those who want hot sauce on the go, a sample size before committing to the full thing or simply something small for christmas.

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Nuclear Meltdown

Hello again spice lovers, today’s product is for the extreme.

And it’s one that I’ve mentioned before, during my (now outdated) look at the upcoming challengers for the “world’s hottest” crown.

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This is Critical Mass “Ultimate Hot Sauce”, the strongest non-extract product that Burning Desire Foods produce and one of their very few that use more than one type of chilli.

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A Return to South Devon

Hey folks, today we have my favourite product from South Devon Chilli Farm:

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Because, while I sometimes love the really hot items, it’s not their 10/10 that most impressed me with flavour. It’s this, far milder, entry into their extreme heat range.

In fact, when I first fell in love with their Extreme Chilli Jam, it was a mere two point five. The start of its name felt like a joke. It was simply a delicious, medium jam with a difference.

But that’s changed.

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Firemite – Love it or Hate it?

Hey folks, I’m going to be brutally honest with you. I don’t like the taste of today’s product.

But then, it is a well known, divisive flavour. One that people either love or hate.

I am, of course, talking about Marmite. Or, as it’s sometimes known for legal reasons, “famous yeast extract”. The signature ingredient in Fire Foods’ Firemite sauce.

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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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