Today I’m taking a look at a seasonal sauce crafted by Shellie from Sweet Heat Gourmet – Strawbango. One thing I’ve always enjoyed about Sweet Heat is that Shellie works with local farmers exclusively so if a farmer doesn’t have the product she “can’t” make the sauce. Initially Shellie only had enough strawberries to make one batch of this sauce which sold out very fast, but she (Shellie) was able to acquire some more product to make a second batch. Let’s take a look at the ingredients of this sauce
Fresh Strawberries, Mangos, Habanero Peppers, Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Spices.
Another clean and sharp looking label from Sweet Heat. There isn’t a lot going on which is one thing I like about it. I’m starting to enjoy the label on hot sauces more but it’s always nice to see a simple label.
Aroma and Texture:
Presented to me right away once I removed the cap is the very beautiful and natural scent of the strawberry and mango tag-team followed by a slight habanero addition. I’m not detecting any vinegar or a specific spice and the honey is there just enough to complement the sweet and fruity aroma that this sauce totes. This sauce is very fresh and natural smelling which is to be expected when talking about Sweet Heat Gourmet – very inviting. The texture of this sauce is on the medium-thick side which sticks to food nicely. I don’t prefer a specific texture to a sauce but it’s always nice to see a nice and hearty one.
Wow! Much like the aroma, the taste of this sauce is very fruit forward. The strawberry is the star of the show and is the first taste to hit my palate with mango not far behind. The honey is more bold in the taste than the aroma – it’s not overbearing but it’s just more “vocal” if you will. Much like the other sauces I’ve sampled from Sweet Heat Gourmet, there isn’t anything artificial tasting about this sauce and makes me really appreciate and recognize Shellie’s passion for keeping things as local as possible. Whenever I have a simple and delicate fruity sauce like this, one thing that comes to mind is a nice soft creamy cheese. I thought this would be a great pairing for a brie and pear sandwich. The soft cheese mixed very well with this sauce and accented the fruity pear flavor nicely. I also had this on a strawberry shortcake which was a knockout as well as chocolate ice cream which was a strawbanGO. This sauce is very versatile.
Sweet Heat Gourmet has been a company (so far) that aims for a mild to medium burn and this sauce is no exception. This one has a nice mouth burn that isn’t anything that will make you panic and try to find relief. That said, this sauce gets a 3 out of 10 on the heat-o-meter.
This is yet another winner from Sweet Heat Gourmet. The freshness of this sauce is hard to top and will leave you satisfied on several levels: your need for something sweet and a sauce with a nice little burn. If you’re a fan of fruity hot sauce then look no further. This is a seasonal sauce so act fast because once it’s gone it’s gone until next year. I wish this wasn’t a seasonal sauce and that’s the only complaint that I have about this sauce but at the same time I really like that because it just shows that Shellie really cares about the quality of her sauce and wants to deliver the very best that she can. Thank you so very much for reading my review and as always, stay on the spicy side of life, it’s more fun that way.