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Heartbreaking Dawns Cauterizer

February 04, 2020

   Heartbreaking Dawns are well-known for their clever, well-balanced use of fruits in their sauces. The fruits they include always compliment the heat and flavours of many different peppers. I have found, in my experience, that this brand likes pushing boundaries and helping to make people re-think what they know about fruit-based hot sauces.

   In my past glory days of working at the Chilly Chiles store at Bayshore, I remember numerous people saying they really aren’t a fan of fruit-based hot sauces, or that the idea of it doesn’t seem to fly well with them. After making some of these customers try a handful of Heartbreaking Dawns products, many of them changed their minds! That’s not only because we often tell ourselves that we don’t like something mainly because we haven’t tried it. It’s also because this company does indeed make it their true purpose to offer unique flavours and solid heat in all their sauces.

   Cauterizer sounds intense. I mean, if you don’t know what the word means you might as well look it up. This sauce is hot, there’s no two ways about it. At the same time, I don’t think most of you would need to worry about it burning you to the point of cauterization! This one is, in fact, a much hotter version of their 1498 hot sauce. The heat of the Scorpion pepper is very prominent but tempered by fruity notes and honey.

   I’ve also written a review of Heartbreaking Dawns Reapercussion 7 Pod Primo Hot Sauce. Check it out if you’re interested in learning more about a brutally hot, yet delicious sauce!

   The flavour profile of Cauterizer is fruity, tangy, sweet, and savoury. Trinidad Scorpion peppers bring a solid, blazing heat and fruity flavour, with the cider vinegar preserving the sauce while adding some sour notes. Apricot preserves, blueberries, and honey make for a sweet and tart combination. Water helps balance out the acidity of the sauce, along with carrots and onions adding a bit of sweetness, while also giving the sauce a thicker consistency. Soy sauce is an interesting ingredient to include in the mix. It adds a slightly salty edge and mild umami flavour. Even with the added sea salt too, this product is not at all too salty, which is important for many people! Garlic and ginger are the dynamic duo of zing and fresh taste. Their taste is mildly noticeable, well-complemented by the fruit. White pepper is a rather uncommon ingredient included in hot sauces. It actually has a sharper taste than regular black pepper.

   In terms of heat, I would give this one a solid 7 out of 10. It may have been an 8 if there were no fruits and a tad more pepper mash in the mix. I would not recommend this one for beginners. I’m even mildly hesitant to recommend it to those who enjoy medium-heat level sauces. I’d say, if you want to fully appreciate what the sauce has to offer in terms of all the flavours involved, I think it would be best for you to be able to at least handle hot sauces at the habanero heat-level or above.

   Try some Cauterizer on all kinds of meals. Although it’s fruity and a bit sweet, it still has many different uses you may not have thought of! I’ve used it as part of a glaze or marinade for chicken, beef, pork, and even veggies. It also pairs well with gamier meats like venison or bison. It’s a great spicy dip for dumplings, spring rolls, fries, pizza, mozzarella sticks, and more. You can even make a killer vinaigrette with this sauce by adding some olive oil, and a vinegar of your choice! I’ve also enjoyed it with cheese platters, meatloaf, pâté, tuna steak, and stir fries. Its fruity taste even works well as a topping to some of your favourite desserts or breakfast/brunch dishes like French toast or pancakes!

   Come by one of our store locations and give Heartbreaking Dawns Cauterizer a try!

 As always, Keep it spicy!


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