So you can imagine how happy I was when the courier dropped off a little box FULL of flavorful hot sauces... 4 different ones :)
|Here they are :) Just waiting to be tested !! First impressions ... VERY colorful packaging, looks good!|
|Having never really done a review before .. I decided to start off simple, and just taste the sauces. Nice and colorful, just like their packaging :)|
|So I grabbed my favourite plain kettle crisps , and tasted them all .. in order of hotness.|
|Two of them really stood out , for me, the Clearwater & Daytona Beach ! I was having a hard time choosing between the two.|
I actually grabbed a note book for this one , and wrote down all my initial thoughts on the sauces.
Clearwater - Mild Chili Citrus : Very nice flavor up front, tangy and mild to start - with a some warmth creeping a minute after - Very Nice !! This one is a favorite. I should note that while it was marked mild, I personally thought it was hotter than the hot. Which was just fine with me , I do like a little kick to it .
Keywest - Medium Jalapeno Key Lime : Light and fruity up front, very different for me, with the fruitiness but nice! With a nice light burn afterwards. Im saving this one for a future post.
Daytona Beach - Hot Datil Mango Orange : Sweet and well balanced of the start , with a nice heat level ( Could be just a touch hotter :)) and with about a 2 minute burn time...Just right! Very nice and tied with Clearwater as my personal favorite. Again , for me having the sweet in there creates a very different but , very tasty flavour combination.
Southbeach - Extra Hot Limon Habanero : Tangy to start , with the warmth building quicky , and a very nice warm afterglow. Spicy, but not overpowering . Very nice. Im also saving this one for a 2nd posting.
So the initial taste test is done ... now time to have a little fun with them and see what I can create :)
|Clearwater was just crying out to be used as a marinade... so I tried it on some strips of steak. Mixed well ,and into the fridge for a few hours.|
|I used those chili steak strips to create this :)) A loaded steak, mushroom, onion and bacon jacket potato. The hot sauce held up well , and the flavor came thru nicely .|
|Good thing too! As cheese plays a pretty descent role in my diet . With simple cheese on toast being a favourite of mine ... this time with a few peas from my garden .|
|A couple of burgers got away from me and were a little crispy ... a few dashes of Clearwater Chili helped to solve that problem :)) Worked great as a burger topping !|
|When I added some mozzarella to the cheddar , the chili sauce went much better . Someday Ill figure out why exactly that is... for now . I just know I like it!|
|Thank you Flavors Of Florida for sending me these wonderful samples. |
Flavors of Florida, I was trying to link your website www.flavorsofflorida.com but it appears to be down for maintenance ... so here is the link to their Facebook page instead :)) http://www.facebook.com/FlavorsOfFlorida
Thanks everyone , have a wonderful day !!