Hey there, readers! Yesterday, I shot my first-ever video review of an spicy food challenge, so expect to see that up on the site soon. That has nothing to do with today’s post, but I wanted to make sure you were all aware of that awesome news. That said, I have a sauce here that looks like it has some potential, especially considering it is the 2013 Fiery Food Challenge winner. Dubbed Addiction Sauces, this brand chooses to forgo the flashy labels and claims of killer heat, focusing instead on a rather classy, almost minimalist presentation. I like that a lot, and it’s a refreshing change of pace, particularly when the makers refer to the sauce as a “labor of love.” That’s great, because I love habanero flavor. Let’s do this.
Vinegar, Pineapple, Habanero Chili Pepper, Banana, Kosher Salt, Ginger, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
This short list shows that this product is not a pure habanero sauce. In a potentially interesting twist, this bottle also contains pineapple, banana, and ginger. I’ve had a couple of sauces with ginger, and quite a few with pineapple, but I can’t recall ever having anything made with banana of all things, so I’m curious to see what the effects on the overall habanero flavor will be. It’s also cool that this sauce contains 8% of your daily value of Vitamin C in a single teaspoon. That’s something you don’t see every day!
I love the color of this sauce. That bright orange hue reminds me of fresh habaneros, which makes this sauce a success on at least one level. Surprisingly, it is a little thin, and the bottle has no orifice reducer, so I’ll need to be careful in handling this one. It is a little pulpy, though, which should help with get across that fruity habanero flavor.
Smell and Taste:
Oh, wow. Have you ever just walked up to a bunch of fresh ripe habaneros and taken in a deep whiff? That’s precisely what this smells like. There’s a slight acidic smell, but otherwise this really does smell like a pepper plant. The taste is very much true to the peppers as well, and comes complete with a great pulpy texture that sets this one apart from the average hot sauce.
Thanks to yesterday’s eating challenge, my capsaicin tolerance is pretty much at its highest. Even so, I’m still getting enough of that habanero bite that I’m willing to give this sauce a Mean. It’s on the low end of the Mean range for me, but it’s so close to drinking liquefied habaneros that it rightfully earns its rating. But here’s the really cool thing: this habanero-based hot sauce actually tastes better than habaneros! I can’t actually pick out the ginger or either of the fruits, but the overall combination works wonders here. I’m not sure how Addiction Sauces determined that this sauce needed bananas in order to work so well, but I’m not complaining one bit when the ultimate result is something so Notable.
I made a breakfast taco this morning with sausage, bacon, egg, and cheese, and I really wish I had opened this bottle beforehand! It would have been perfect! Some sauces just scream to be put on breakfast food, and this is one of them. But don’t stop there! The label recommends fish, chicken, beef, and any sort of smoked meat, but it would also make a great topping for potatoes.
This is one sauce that really lives up to its name, and certainly deserves its award. In fact, I think I may have found a new favorite habanero sauce. In a couple of weeks, I’ll take a look at their Jolokia variety, which now has me very excited after tonight’s review.