Sunday, May 22, 2011

Jolokia Mania

CaJohns Fiery Foods Jolokia Salsa and Sauce 10
http://cajohns.com

I was given a few sauces as a gift last year by a friend and was really impressed with them. See post here: http://www.burnmymouth.com/2010/05/hot-lava.html I then made a mental note to try more CaJohns products in the future. They have several to choose from and seem to be adding new stuff all the time. After joining a few forums and talking to several other hot sauce lovers out there, I found my next CaJohns experiment. Being a huge fan of the ghost pepper, I decided to purchase a salsa and a sauce from their jolokia line of products. I don't believe I could have chosen any better.

The Jolokia salsa is incredible. To me, it is hot enough to set off a bowl of cheese dip and mild enough to enjoy by itself. It isn't something that will rip your face off like Death By Salsa. http://www.burnmymouth.com/2010/04/mail-bomb.html It is extremely potent salsa, however, and is not for the weak tongue. Upon first taste, it comes off very sweet but then the heat follows to make a perfect mixture of the two. The ghost peppers give it the right amount of heat for it to be bearable and without the addition of any pepper extracts, it has a really good flavor. I've found it to be an excellent compliment to cheese dip and an even better topping on a taco. After about half a dozen dips with some chips, even the most hardcore heat connoisseur will break a sweat.

The Jolokia Sauce 10 was up next. I first read the label which states this sauce was made as a CaJohns 10th anniversary celebration product. I was really excited to try it because of the great reviews it has received and after learning it was a special addition, the intensity grew. Looking at the sauce, it has an inconsistent texture which came out of the bottle slightly thin but with thick, smaller chunks. I figured then that it would make an awesome spread on a sandwich so I fried up a chicken breast and gave it a dab. I was instantly blown away with the flavor. The heat hits you instantly in a sweet tang then the rest of the sauce's spices kick in, leaving an incredible flavor. The sauce is a lot hotter than the salsa, so a small bottle should go a long way. Just like the salsa, CaJohn doesn't use any extracts which will rob a sauce of any good flavor it may have. After all the sauces I have acquired over the years, this one has already become one of my top favorites.

To summarize, CaJohns continues to marvel me with their originality and creative flavors. I will continue to monitor any new products that they release and suggest that any hot sauce lover do the same!

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