Posted March 11, 2007 by clint in Reviews

Review: Sweet Sunshine Chili Sauce (Roasted Shallot and Garlic)

Flavor Before Fire – Sweet Sunshine Chili Sauce (Roasted Shallot and Garlic)
Sweet Sunshine Chili Sauce

Bottle Description: We believe in flavor before fire that is why SWEET SUNSHINE CHILI SUACE is not just spice and vinegar like some hot sauces. We blend th unique flavor of SWEET SUNSHINE from the best of ingredients and an assortment of the finest chilies to rightin everything you put it on. For flavor and heat we use the FINEST RED SAVINA HABANEROS. WE NEVER USE PEPPER EXTRACT.

Sugar, Water, Vinegar, Roasted Shallots, Mustard Seed, Tomato, Roasted Garlic, Ancho Peppers, Corn Syrup, Cayenne Peppers, Habanero Peppers, Molasses, Modified Food Starch, Salt, Worcestershire Sauce, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Onion, Spices, less than 1/10 of 1% Sodium Benzonate and Potassium Sorbate.

Container: The grooves cut in this bottle kind of makes it look like an item out of the 70s. The design is fine but unassuming. Though “flavor before fire” is a daring statement in the current hot sauce market where something like “BURN YO BITCH!!!” is more likely to make it on a sauce than the promise of flavor.

Appearance: Looks like BBQ sauce with seeds.

Smell: Very very sweet smelling with a heavy shallot fragrance. The garlic peaks through but it’s a it of an afterthought. The only fault I can find with the sauce is that I smell no peppers.

Consistency: I used to have this section but later took it out because most of the time consistency doesn’t matter. But I have to say that this sauce is THICK. It is literally upside down as I type this, look I’m holding it over my carpet without fear. (Please don’t try this, I can’t guarantee that this works for you.)

Taste: This sauce is chunky and when I say that I mean there are whole pieces of shallot in here. As I type this I’m literally chewing a chunk of shallot. This sauce is quite tasty. It isn’t really a hot sauce at all and I think that chili sauce is a much more apt description. The primary flavors are sweetness from the molasses that is bolstered by the shallots and garlic. This sauce has a taste that is the distant cousin of the sauce that they slather on Chinese Orange Chicken.

Heat: (5.5/10) Warm indeed.

Field Test: This is not to be used as a hot sauce in the conventional sense. I believe that you should treat this sauce as you would a ketchup or BBQ sauce. It belongs on more American food. This sauce is terrible on Mexican for example, but terrific on fries and pork.

Final Word: Pleasant sauce. Very sweet and works with some food. I won’t be picking this sauce up very often to use with my usual meals but I also won’t mind using it on the meals that it’s good on.

Overall: 7.4/10

Sweet Sunshine