Spice up your pantry with these 4 great condiments
Dave’s Hot Pepper Jelly – Cranberry Jalapeno Jelly
Cranberry sauce may be the condiment of the holiday season, but that’s not to say that it can’t get a little makeover.
Dave offers a long list of hot pepper jellies, all with varying heat levels, but this combination of cranberry and jalapeno is perfectly complementary to a turkey dinner or dolloped on top of some warm brie and crackers. Try slathering some onto bread when you’re assembling a grilled cheese sandwich for something extra life-changing.
Ranking on the Culinaire heat scale: 4/10
$7.50 for 250 mL
Hungry Volcano – Alberta Crude
Oil may not be doing so well as of late, but this edible homage to one of Alberta’s main exports definitely packs some heat. Made with a mix of peri-peri peppers, habaneros, jalapenos, chipotles with a mix of spices, vinegar, brown sugar and other secret ingredients, Alberta Crude is definitely not for the faint of heart.
Ranking on the Culinaire heat scale: 9/10
$4.50 for 57 mL
King’s Restaurant – Heavenly Hot Sauce
King’s is practically famous in this city for their wor wonton soup, a bowl filled to the brim with noodles, veggies, barbecue pork and wontons in a broth that’s just hot enough to warm you up on those extra chilly days and just salty enough to cure a hangover should you find yourself with one. Having said that, this soup is not complete without a healthy spoonful or two of their homemade chilli oil. When you’re paying for your bill, take a bottle home with you to use on anything from soup to salad dressings and more.
Ranking on the Culinaire heat scale: 7/10
$8.99 for 375 mL
Eats of Asia – Chogo sauce
The popular Asian street vendor in the Crossroads Market is known for its delicious food from bao to bowls of ramen with homemade noodles and a lot more. Now, owner/chef Jay del Corro has come up with a signature hot sauce made with gochujang (a fermented hot pepper paste popular in Korean cuisine), roasted sesame seeds with a few other choice “secret” ingredients and sweetened up slightly for a sauce that’s spicy, smoky and sweet. Try it on your scrambled eggs in the morning, with roasted chicken or even on some leftover cold pizza for a midnight snack.
Ranking on the Culinaire heat scale: 5.5/10
$4 for 110 g
Here’s the explanations to our heat scale ratings:
1 Am I eating ketchup?
2 Nothing, but a sprinkling of cayenne
3 Oh yeah, now I feel a little somethin’
4 A little heat, but nothing to make you sweat
5 Definitely waking up the taste buds
6 A lingering heat
7 Now we’re getting somewhere
8 The perfect definition of spicy!
9 Holy chilli peppers, Batman. This is hot!
10 It burns! I need a glass of milk ASAP