One thing that can be said about Sinful Sauces is that as a brand they pretty much got everything right from the start, may it be in terms of presentation, originality and quality. Their range of “7 Deadly Sins” gorgeous chilli sauces (Envy, Bliss, Wrath, Wicked, Sublime, Addiction, Passion) caused quite a stir in the chilli world and we can see why. Thanks to a shrewd use of various spices, chillies and original flavours, Sinful Sauces managed to create seven hot sauces to die for ranging from mild & sweet to wild & savoury.
It wasn’t long before Sinful Sauces, which amazingly is composed of only two people, unflagging husband and wife Paul and Kelly, had to expand and make an even bigger name for themselves. Chilli chutneys as well as Chilli Peanut or Cashew Butters soon ensued, the last of their creation being chilli pickles which we are here to talk about.
Sinful Sauces Habanero & Cardamom is probably the chilli pickle that made the most noise in the chilli community and amongst our customers at the Devil’s Garden. This is not a “startup” chilli pickle in any way. This is craftsmanship at a whole other level. In our opinion cardamom is a spice that can really work in a dish but put too little or too much and you can destroy a whole dish in a matter of seconds. Kelly, a chef by trade, clearly spent some time refining the recipe of this Sinful Sauces Habanero & Cardamom until she got this little marvel of a chilli pickle. The fruity habanero works incredibly well with the cardamom and the texture is just right. You don’t need to be a real foodie to understand just by opening the 110ml jar and smelling the heady aroma of Sinful Sauces Habanero & Cardamom that you are onto a winner. All is left for you to do is take a spoon, a nice piece of bread and delve into a whirlwind of sensations although beware of the habanero burn that is bound to come back and bite you!
Sinful Sauces Scotch Bonnet and Pomegranate is different altogether in terms of flavour. Not your run of the mill chilli combination, here again Sinful Sauces pushed the boundaries by using the refreshing exotic pomegranate and the fruity (and hot!) scotch bonnet to make a chilli pickle to delight the senses although here again, the 110ml jar will last you a while as Sinful Sauces put as much as 80% Scotch Bonnet content in every single jar! Our favourite way of using it? Now, now, that would be telling! With Sinful Sauces Scotch Bonnet and Pomegranate chilli pickle it’s better if you put your adventurer’s cap on and try it with various different things from sweet breads to cold meats and everything and anything in between!
The third instalment of Sinful Sauces chilli pickles that we are reviewing here is the Naga and Mustard Pickle. We are all partial to a good mustard but with so many great chilli mustard products out there we didn’t think that Sinful Sauces Naga and Mustard Chilli Pickle would float our boat as much as the Habanero & Cardamom or Scotch Bonnet and Pomegranate. How wrong we were. So wrong. Sinful Sauces toasted mustard seeds to create a deeper, richer flavour that you can smell as soon as you open the 110ml jar whilst the intense heat is coming from no less than 80% naga chilli pepper content so believe us when we say this is not a chilli mustard/pickle for chilli beginners (although as we have discovered, mixing it with a bit of cream in a chicken dish is absolutely fantastic and you can adapt the heat level to your needs and/or own resistance to chillies).
All in all Sinful Sauces chilli pickles are definitely here to stay and already have a huge amount of followers/chilli addicts. We love them, all of our customers love them so why not try them yourself and see if, like us, you can reach chilli Nirvana in a jiffy?
Ivor is the Director of The Devil’s Garden and an all round chilli geek, he loves everything spicy and his chilli plants are like children