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Monday 2 September 2013

Review - The Madison Chocolatiers West Paté de Pepper Fruit

I heard about The Madison Chocolatiers West last year when I was reading many great feedbacks about their high quality chocolates, which are as they like to say 'Love in Chocolate', made with a lot of talent in terms of ingredients blend and artistic sense, chosing only the best quality products thanks to the mastery and ingeniosity that they have gathered through years of dedication in 'chocolaterie' creations.

With so much interest for them, I had read enough about them and was really eager to try some of their products...Ok, actually I thought that I wanted to try 'each one of them'!!
By chance I saw that they were raising funds through the website Growing Pains (and they still are as of today at this address), that is how taking part of this project allowed me to receive a box full of yumminesses, and luckily there was a 'Paté de Pepper fruit'!

Paté de Pepper Fruit 1

This is a PBJ (Peanut Butter and Jelly) cup made for I Love It Spicy. This one is a very limited edition PBJ with a blueberry lemon peanut butter filling, that is loaded with hot peppers and topped with candied yellow Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. It has about 5 superhots in there from a custom blend of peppers called the P~Bomb, plus pure cap powder.
Currently there are 15 bags, most will be heading to the Chile Pepper Festival taking place on September 6 th & 7 th 2013 at Bowers PA.

With a lot of curiousity and no apprehension, which would be qualified for recklessness now, I decided to taste the now infamous 'I Love It Spicy PBJ cup Paté de Pepper Fruit'!!
From the outside it looks like an innocent chocolate cup with a pretty topping of candied Moruga, pretty aromas of good chocolate that could make you drool just thinking about it! (now you see...)
Taking the first bite, as the chocolated is splited we cans ee the inside, we can see a nice peanut butter in the middle of the cup, very pleasant to chew and absolutely not the kind of peanut butter that sticks to your teeth, but a nice texture very tender.
Now let's focus to "La Dégustation"!

It starts with a pretty nice taste of a good chocolate, followed by the peanut butter and a salty note, mixed with some sweet little notes of blueberry lemon, like integrated in the whole flavour.
Suddenly, I feel the distinctive flavour of superhot peppers, and at this time during less than 1 second I have been wondering about the heat level that was going to kick in like a 'what is...'.

Paté de Pepper Fruit 2

The heat came in like a punch, knocked in the back of the throat (translated this means that it gave me hiccups!), I was sure that it had some Trinidad Scorpion or Moruga Scorpion powder.
I prefered to read the ingredient lists after having tasted it, and from what Renee told me after there were some candied Yellow Moruga Scorpion peppers with a superhot peppers blend and pure cap, but I knew that after, a bit too late what a surprise!
The candied Moruga were like explosive little nuggets with a burn increasing fast and staying a while, but with style!

Paté de Pepper fruit3
This was the 1st prototype that Renee and Ricky made for Al Buddah Goldenberg with an incredible PB & J filling, this was the original one with the Raspbanero and PB milk chocolate cup.

Overall impression:

Rating 4,5
This one for sure will please the serious gourmet chilehead! If you like chocolates and are in for the flavour as much as for the heat, then now you know where you should be heading to as soon as possible, as this is a limited edition.

You can find more informations about The Madison Chocolatiers West and buy there products here:
You can also check their website for further informations.
And don't forget to check I Love It Spicy website for hot products reviews and useful informations about the Fiery Food Industry .

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Thursday 7 March 2013

Review - Blair's Death Rain Jolokia Chips

When you mention Blair's to a chilehead audience you can be sure that people know their products created with passion to make you Feel Alive! Famous for their Death Sauce range and their Reserve Collection, Blair's is also the reference for flavourful chips with some heat. When they say that it's hot you can be sure that it is, such as with the Death Habanero Chips. As a fan of their Death Rain Buffalo Wing, Chipotle and Habanero Chips, when I heard that a new extreme product was about to be launched I knew that I would have absolutely to taste it. After a long wait, and you know how hard it is to wait for products that you desire, I have been able to get supplied with some bags...and once again, I haven't been disappointed!

Potatoes, Sunflower Oil and/or Corn Oil, Spices (including Jolokia Pepper and Paprika), Salt, Dextrose, Dehydrated Garlic, Natural Flavors, Spice Extractives (including Paprika).
Bag size: 3oz.

Blair's Jolokia 2

Label: 9/10
The usual design from the Death Rain chips range, this one with lot of red referring to the Bhut Jolokia pepper, with some flames to let you clearly understand what this product is about!
Some others details are already telling you that this is an extreme product, such as the heat scale scoring a funny WTF, also it's written that the product is for experienced chilehead only! Note that the packaging in addition to its size different from the same products in the range (3 oz. vs 1.5 oz.), there's also the use of a matt printing that you can see and feel on the package, which is giving an impression of high quality to the product, such as the premium one of its range.

Blair's Jolokia 1

Appearance: 9/10
First of all the chips are red, very red and full of powder which comes the Paprika used in an important amount.
The chips have a nice size, are not too thin and have been nicely cooked resulting in an appealing golden colour under the red powder. They have nice shapes and it's good to see that really few of them have been broken inside the bag, which is a sign of strength and quality.

Blair's Jolokia 3

Aromas: 7/10
At the opening of the bag -if you beware the fumes- there's a pleasant aroma which comes especially from the Paprika and this aroma of an oil cooked product, this aroma of tasty chips making you think that you will have finished the bag in no time, pretensious!
There's also an aroma of hot pepper, not an aroma of chinense from the Bhut Jolokia, but an aroma of pepper telling you that there is some heat inside and that you should beware...which is proven is you sniff too much inside the bag, you will get some heat inside your nostrils as long as the powder will stick inside them.

Taste: 9/10
The chips are really crunchy and pleasant to chew, a good consistence showing the the potatoes have been cut and cooked the right way to make them 5 stars as chips first.
When the chips is inside your mouth the first thing that happens is that suddenly an extra hot dust cloud is stinging in the throat once you break it and breath at the same time to get some flavours.
There's a powerful garlic flavour which comes first and stays aftertaste, then comes a strong flavour of Paprika at the same time as the heat comes in.
I would have expected to feel some chinense flavours from the Jolokia, unfortunately there were not that much inside, in terms of taste I would consider them as superhot garlic and Paprika chips. They are not too salty and are less salty than the Habanero chips, and definitely have a different flavour profile too, where the Habanero ones could have been closer to a kind of BBQ flavour.

Heat: 10/10
Actually since you don't stop to eat the chips you could think that everything is ok even there's a good sensation of heat increasing inside the mouth and in the throat.
The heat burns directly, and when you stop to heat them it's building up and suddenly burst leaving your lips tingling, tongue and throat burning for a while.
It's stronger than the Habanero chips but not too much stronger, the difference is as important as the gap between an Habanero of 350.000 SHU and a Bhut Jolokia of 1.000.000 SHU, I would have expected that the chips set my mouth on fire, actually the heat is manageable if you can handle the Habanero chips, afterall this product is made to be eatten and not to stay for months in your closet!

Overall impression:
Rating 4,5
No surprises, once again another excellent product from Blair's! If you are looking for superhot and flavourful chips you do not have to hesitate or wait a second!
It's always a pleasure to discover the new products from Blair's and in terms of snack of this quality the competition is very limited!
Looking forward to discover the latest Death Rain Ancho Cheeseburger Chips too, using a mexican pepper with a cheeseburger flavour profile sounds like an interesting combo!

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Monday 10 December 2012

Review – Born To Hula Habanero Guajillo

First product that I have tasted from Born to Hula, Habanero Guajillo is a versatile, mexican flavored hot sauce that I have been using lately on almost everything!
This sauce is made with a widely used pepper in the mexican cuisine: the Guajillo, which is the name given to the Mirasol pepper in its dried form.
As this pepper is more used for its flavours and to bring a vibrant red colour to the sauces than for its heat level, Born to Hula added some Habanero to give it an extra kick.

Distilled white vinegar, Red bell pepper, Guajillo pepper, Habanero pepper, Garlic, Salt, Onion powder, Cumin, Lime juice, Xanthan gum

Label: 8/10
Such as the others products of their range, the label has on its middle Born to Hula's characteristic logo made of a long red pepper placed on a festive mood background style.
The colors are simple and not agressive, just the red from the pepper is eye-catching as emerges from the label.

Born To Hula 1

Aromas: 8/10
Mexican cuisine! This is the first thing that comes to mind when smelling it from the bottle.
A really pleasant smell coming from the mix of different aromas from the bell Pepper, onion and cumin, inviting you to cook a mexican recipe especially for the sauce, to make it shine!

Consistency and Appearance: 7/10
Nicely blend like a puree, not too runny, flows easily from the bottle and sticks well to the food.
It has a very nice shining red color with some small bits of Guajillo, but not that much.

Born To Hula 2

Taste: 7/10
Pleasant in mouth, the sauce is not strong and you can put a good quantity on your food so you will get plenty of flavours!
It does not have a vinegary taste, there is really this flavour from Mexico, we can feel a mix of onion and red peppers, some berries undertones from the Guajillo and a tiny note of garlic.

Heat: 6/10
Medium sauce, upgraded with a pinch of Habanero.
This is a hot sauce made to get more flavours than heat, but a hot sauce anyway!

Recommended Use:
Goes great with pizza, eggs, tacos, sauteed rice or seafood like sauteed shrimps with garlic (and flambeed with Pastis or Tequila), and anything you want to give this Mexican flavor!

Overall Impression:
Rating 3,5
I really appreciate its aromas, smelling the sauce is pleasant and has this something that makes your mind travel and think about what you can eat with it.
I also appreciated the fact that we don't feel the vinegar, this makes it a nice everyday hot sauce and is the kind that you need ready in your fridge at any occasion.

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