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Hellfire Fear This!

March 24, 2018

  Hot SauceThis sauce is in my top 10 hottest and best-tasting non-extract hot sauces I’ve ever had. It was actually my initial introduction to Carolina Reaper hot sauces years ago and I have been enjoying it consistently ever since! Hellfire is one of my favourite hot sauce companies out there. They make incredible artisan sauces made with only the freshest ingredients, making them truly gourmet products. As with many sauces by Hellfire, this one has a complex flavour profile and contains a big list of ingredients which all blend perfectly with each other, making this sauce very versatile. This is a multi-award winning all-natural sauce which can be enjoyed by those who appreciate a sauce with intense heat, but also equally intense flavour!

   Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper is the sole hot pepper that drives the heat of this sauce. The pepper mash actually makes up over 60% of the sauce. That’s quite a high percentage of peppers per bottle! The taste of the Reaper then, is quite present in this sauce given that it is the main ingredient. The pepper actually has a nice sweet and fruity flavour…right before the scorching heat kicks in. Since this is among the better-tasting superhot peppers, it would make sense to add ingredients that would compliment the heat as well as the flavour of the pepper, thus producing an overall bold and savoury hot sauce! That’s exactly what Hellfire did with Fear This!

   The red wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar are pungent, while also adding a bit of sweetness to the sauce. The lime and lemon juice add a citrusy tang that, like the other ingredients in this sauce, contributes to its distinctly fresh taste. The sun-dried tomatoes and tomatillos provide a very light tartness to the sauce, complementing the citrus. The cilantro adds a nice herbal quality to the sauce while the curry, chili powder, paprika, cumin, and coriander make up the base of spices. These spices work in unison to provide that boldness that accompanies the heat of the Reaper. The ginger, garlic, and onion add that very subtle zing and sweetness that I always appreciate in a hot sauce that wants to be savoury and fresh-tasting.

   In terms of heat I give this sauce a 9 out of 10. It is extremely hot and should only be enjoyed a few drops at a time, even for experienced chile heads like myself! The burn of the sauce is slow and constant and I can honestly say that for anyone who is not a hardcore chile head this sauce is easily a 10 out of 10. I generally reserve 10 out of 10 ratings for extract sauces, which tend to burn more violently, and can be unpleasant to deal with at times! I believe that Hellfire’s Fear This! is most definitely more flavourful than any extract-based hot sauce you can find on the market.

   This sauce is great when added to curries, nachos, tacos, stir fries, wing sauce, marinades, pasta, meatballs, Bloody Marys, and more! Add a few drops to a salsa that’s not hot enough! Its tangy, spiced, and fresh flavour can be paired in small amounts with all kinds of meats, grilled veggies, and soups!

   I highly recommend you check out all the products by Hellfire that we carry. You will definitely find a scorching hot sauce that will suit your culinary needs! Come by one of our store locations and give Fear This! and other sauces by Hellfire a try!

As always, Keep it spicy!


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Try this, you'll like it

This is a reasonable-quality chocolate with a formidable amount of spice. I find the spice level just right but my wife couldn't eat it as she found it intolerably spicy. It's a chocolate bar so it's sweet but it also packs a ghost-pepper spice kick. I suggest that it's most definitely worthy of a spot on any chile-head's menu.

Best hot sauces

This is my second time ordering a large amount of sauces from this company. It’s personable, has quick delivery and best of all, they have all been absolutely delicious.

Mad dog 357

Every good sauce. Awesome heat and great flavour. It almost has a cinnamon taste to it

Hot but with a punch of flavour

I highly recommend both the heartbeat hot sauces (habenaro and jalapeno) - great on just about anything you like to make hot. I also recommend Chilly Chiles.

Tasty and addictive flavour... Not so hot though

The Heat: you would expect a Carolina Reaper product to be super hot. Sadly, the peanuts fall very short of being classified super hot. If you were to have a blind taste test, I would bet that most people would think that they were made with Jalapenos, arguably a Thai/Birdseye chili. What I like about the heat is that it's the subtle kind that doesn't punch you in the throat. It's enjoyable, and that ties in really well with the taste.

The Taste: I've had peanuts coated in sugar and honey before. Usually I'd classify them as good, but the flavour of these peanuts just harmonizes so well with the subtle and enjoyable heat. This is really the only reason that I gave these peanuts a 3/5.

Overall: A tasty product, but if they're going to advertise the use of Carolina Reapers, then they need to amp up the spice. It's likely why the Carolina Reaper is the 2nd last ingredient.