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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Chipotle Lava Cake

Today it’s time for another weekend bonus recipe. A recipe that uses a little something I recently picked up from Dorset Chilli Shop.

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Their Chilpōctli – A full flavoured chipotle extract that I’d highly recommend but that’s also so similar in heat and usage to Grim Reaper Foods’ milder extracts that it hardly warrants a full post.

It’s simply a great

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item that, when used sparingly, adds a wonderful, rich, savoury, multi-layered chipotle taste to just about anything. Perfect for con carnes but also today’s dessert.

Because that’s what I’m using it for. Chocolate cake.

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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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Battle of the Bears

Hey everyone, it’s october. And you know what’s special about october?

It’s the month with halloween in it.

And yes, I know, halloween’s still almost a month away but what use is a holiday product review if it goes up on the holiday? I’m doing this early so that you have time to track down the items involved, should you feel the need.

Or maybe just to warn you what’s in store if you knock on my door this year.

Either way, I’m talking about gummy bears.

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Three different brands and four or five different products, for a full comparison of every sort I’ve seen.

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Pineapple Primate

Hello again everyone and welcome back to another tuesday sauce review.

Over these past months, we’ve looked at most of the Screaming Chimp’s sauce range. Some have been hot, some have been mild, some have been sweet, some have been smokey and some have been just a little bit sour.

They have, however, all had one thing in common, aside from their very similar packaging. A fruity base made mainly from simmered fresh tomatoes.

Today’s sauce bucks that trend in favour of another fruit. Pineapple.

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Seafarer’s Special

Arrr, me hearties, it be talk like a pirate day* and do yer know what that means?

It means it’s time t’ batten down the hatches an’ bring out the Reading Chilli Fest booty fer a special, themed review, featurin’ Simpson’s Seeds’ Funky Monkey.

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Because no salty see dog would be caught dead without such a loveable rapscallion on deck.

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Translated from Pirate

Greetings, spice lovers, today is talk like a pirate day* and I’m sure you know what that means.

It means it’s time for me to put in a little extra effort and bring you a themed review of another special Reading item.

But, this isn’t that review. This is a rough translation of it. The real review I wrote for you took far more time and effort, learning how to not only talk like a pirate but also spell so.

I would, therefore, love for you to check out today’s true post and appreciate my working hard for your amusement.

Some of you, however, may struggle to read its more seafaring speak so I have included this version for you. If you’re sure that you don’t wish to read this review the way it was intended then, by all means, read on.

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Super Smoky Syrup

Hey folks, last month we looked at a delicious new product that I got at Reading Chilli Festival but this month I have something even newer for you.

This week’s product comes to you from Burning Desire Foods, is a little more out there than a sauce and was actually released on the day of the event. What I have for you is their chipotle syrup:

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Pavlova in Purgatory

Another happy tuesday spice lovers. This week, I’m not bringing you my own recipe but rather a review of someone else’s.

I’ve noticed my own recipes creeping up in heat lately so I’ve decided to pick something mild from my new favourite chilli cook book.

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Heat by Kay Plunkett-Hogge.

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