Salamander Strawberry Hot Sauce Review
“Strawberry” comes from Salamander Sauce Company in Brooklyn, NY. Salamander's Founder, Timothy Kavarnos, declares this product description on his company's website: “Sometimes sweetness is just a mask. The smell of ripe strawberries gives way to fiery habaneros that bite like no berry ever could. But then the cool, refreshing taste of fresh orange lingers on your tongue after the heat subsides, and the temptation of another sweet spoonful arises.”
Strawberry, Habanero, Orange, Balsamic Vinegar, Champagne Vinegar, Sugar, Sea Salt
Brownish color sprinkled with macro bits of strawberries and finely pureed pulp.
After unscrewing the cap and positioning our noses above the bottle, we were immediately smacked with the sweet smell of apple sauce. This seemed strange to us, considering there are no apples in the listed ingredients. We believe the blend of strawberry and orange tricked our senses, but don’t know if the Balsamic and Champagne vinegar played a part as well.
Texture aka “The Pour”
This hot sauce poured neither too thin nor too thick. Our refrigerated and room temperature tests produced about the same results.
A fruity, sugary sweet blast of apple sauce (sorry—we meant strawberry and orange) filled our mouths and heads and stayed with us. We liked the light orange zest finish.
Heat aka “Numb Bum”
We got the best of both worlds with this hot sauce. We received alternating blasts of fruit and habanero. Cool and hot. It was an interesting feeling which required repeated tastings. We had no trouble at all digesting this hot sauce hours and a day later.
The label shape is rectangular with round corners and the label design of Salamander Strawberry Hot Sauce is simple and flat, but elegant. Great choice of fonts are used and a clever, artsy way of tying in a salamander illustration in the shape of an “S” is well executed. The label is two colors (black and strawberry red) and uses a sunburst or halo effect on the edges allowing the center to highlight the memorable salamander. While the nutritional information is not on the label (it is forthcoming in the next phase of production), every other detail is there—the name of the hot sauce, the ingredients, the name of the company, and the company web address. Salamander Sauce Company may consider adding a heat scale and a short description with food pairing suggestions. However, less may be more in this case to keep the simple, but elegant look. Companies often use too many fonts, colors, patterns and messages. That is not the case here.
The bottle is a tall and slender, 8oz. clear glass that includes a small, metal cap which screws on top. Because of the length of the bottle it is easy to hold and pour. It also may stand out from the shorter, 5oz. bottles that are common in restaurants and on store shelves.
HotSauceAddicts.com thought Salamander Sauce Company’s Strawberry Hot Sauce was good and if you enjoy a fruit based sauce, you may too. What really surprised us were all the different foods that paired well with the sauce. While it was just OK on pizza, we loved it as a substitute for grape jelly on our peanut butter sandwich. We tried it on our morning bagel with cream cheese—Outstanding. We also followed a highly recommended ice cream suggestion. We drizzled the sauce on an original Klondike ice cream bar and were amazed at how the ice cream and strawberry sauce accented each other. This sauce would probably work well in almost any instance where recipes call for a fruit topping or fruit additive in a recipe.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out 5 stars
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