Today I’m taking a look at a sauce crafted by a gentleman named Thomas Toth Jr. of Voodoo Chile Sauces and Salsa. Thom’s company is focused on creating mild to medium heat sauces but on his website he says “we do make the hottest, cleanest and tastiest extreme tinctures on the planet which can be used to add virtually any level of heat to most any liquid or free flowing condiment or dish.” Voodoo Chile is also the only licensed manufacturer in the world that offers a hot sauce using the Peppadew pepper. I think that’s really neat and if you’re a chilehead like me, you like to read about chiles so I’ll provide a link to both Thom’s website as well as a website with information about Peppadew pepper. Let’s begin.
Pineapple Juice, Guava Nectar, Pineapple, Papaya, Guava, Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar, Brown Sugar, Chile Pepper blend (Datil, Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper & Scotch Bonnet), Turbindo sugar, Lime Juice, Himalayan Salt, Onion Powder, Monosodium Glutamate, Citric & Ascorbic Acid, Garlic Powder, and Spices
This label is very HD . You have the Tiki guy as the focal point standing in front of a an active volcano and there’s text on the front and sides of the label – it’s busy but it’s done right. It makes me feel like traveling to a remote island and I like that. The more reviews that I have been doing the more I’m starting the appreciate labels and Voodoo Chile always has a good one.
Texture And Aroma:
Much like the label, the aroma of this sauce smells very tropical. The fruits that Thom chose to use shine through first with a nice pepper addition. I can’t pick up on a certain pepper but the blend is there. The lime juice is present as well as onion powder and garlic powder and I think the MSG may have some kind of addition as well because there is a certain smell I’m detecting that I can’t quite put my finger on. The texture is slightly thicker than medium but it’s not too thick to where you’ll have trouble applying to food. It does have a little resistance to it which I like.
The fruits hit you right away. Seeing as how there is pineapple and pineapple juice as two of the first three ingredients that’s the pronounced taste to me. The nectar and apple cider vinegar add another layer of sweetness. This is a very sweet fruity sauce so if you’re not into that kind of sauce you might think it’s too much but I like it a lot. The onion comes through and the MSG is adding that certain something that makes food (well, sauce) good. I can’t taste any specific spices but it’s adding to the sauce nicely. This is a solid fruity hot sauce. The sodium amount is a life shattering 10 milligrams per teaspoon so that’s nice to see.
You’d think that seeing as how there are Mr. Currie’s Reaper peppers, Scotch Bonnet and Datil peppers in here that this sauce would be a scorcher but it isn’t. The bouquet of peppers aren’t providing a strong sting at all and it further solidifies the claim on Thom’s site about his sauces are medium to mild. That said this sauce gets a 3 out of 10 on my heat-o-meter.
I tried Psycho Tropic on a filet of fish and it was quite good. The sweetness of this sauce was a perfect supporter for the flakey delicate lightly seasoned taste of the filet itself and it provided a pleasant little burn. Psycho was a killer on chicken wings. I seasoned to taste using some salt pepper and assorted spices. I marinated them in butter for a little while before I baked them in the oven. I could see this sauce going well with other seafoods, pork and of course as always on eggs.
This is the third sauce from Voodoo Chiles that I’ve tried and it’s yet another winner in my opinion. Psycho Tropic is absolutely incredible. If you’re a large fan of fruit based tropical tasting hot sauce then I highly recommend you pick up a bottle. This sauce is very flavorful with just the right amount of heat to keep you satisfied. While there are flavors that are more dominant than others this creation is well balanced and will be a favorite of yours, I promise you that. Thank you so very much as always for taking the time to read and as always, stay on the spicy side of life it’s more fun that way. Have a beautiful day.