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Recipes To Riches – The Hot Sauce Wins

It was the condiments episode on Recipe To Riches. To be honest it was a tad dull. One of the problems with the show is they have an hour to fill and the “market research” dragged out too long with a mum who did a spoon act and some drum action.

Each week the viewer gets three new contestants so it is hard to connect and at this stage I don’t really care who wins.

This week Stephen the plumber won with his Louisiana Hot Sauce not that he had much competition. He was up against some chilli vegetables and a weird fusion chutney made out of strawberries, lime and chillis.

His sauce is available today in Woolworths. Last week’s winner Sarah-Jade’s chilli was quite nice.


1 Joseph Skyrim { 09.11.13 at 11:23 am }

Was Sara-Jade’s chilli not too hot for you RR? Also what was it priced at? You’d think the smokey sauce tonight would have the best chance to win since it can be used with… well, more things than chilli con carne or coqrettas .

Also very impressed with Nobay’s skills. The man is good at what he does!

2 Rosie { 09.11.13 at 11:34 am }

JS, last week’s chilli was the same price as the tater things the week before: $5.99. Which leads me to assume this week’s chilli sauce will be the same.

Yes, I have to agree that this is getting a spot boring. Apart from desperately wishing the African lady off my screen, I just wasn’t engaged at all. And I REALLY wish the head chef blokey hadn’t intervened to tell her she needed 100 chillies, not 10. Because it would have been fun to see her wondering why her pickles was so mild. *evil grin*

The third girl – she of the strawberry chilli – should have been the one to go through IMO. But then it would have been even more uneven. Because it was screamingly obvious, African drums and dancing notwithstanding, that Mr Plumber was always going to be the one to win.

3 PollyB { 09.11.13 at 12:37 pm }

I’ve just bought this sauce, at $4.99 at Torquay, Vic. A bit disappointed. It is chilli, then garlic, and some smokiness. I thought there would be some sweetness due to the fruit. Oh well, another bottle of chilli sauce to sit in the cupboard!

4 Littlepetal { 09.11.13 at 1:52 pm }

Thanks for the feedback, PollyB. Just save $4.99. I have a feeling when Woolsworth take over the production, all these products will change in taste due to the addition of preservatives etc etc.

Just a reminder that The Bristish Bake Off is now on Gem on Tue at 8.30pm

5 Lebay { 09.11.13 at 1:57 pm }

I stopped watching last night. Im not a fan of chilli and when all 3 condiments were chilli based, well, it wasn’t as if I was going to rush off and buy it…. This show is really missing the mark, the UK one was great…

6 nanaliz { 09.11.13 at 2:00 pm }

My hubby works at woolies and tells me that last weeks chilli didn’t sell well and croqs were still available. Each week less product has been in stock out the back. No customers came asking him where it was this week. It will be interesting to hear his report tonight.

7 PollyB { 09.11.13 at 3:26 pm }

Ingredients List – Smoked Red Chili (56%) Vinegar, Paw Paw, Line juice, Salt, Garlic.
Also states – REPLACE & REFUND GUARANTEE If you are not happy with your purchase

I might take it back. It is nice but not what I expected from the comments on TV.

8 Reality Raver { 09.11.13 at 4:03 pm }

Nana Liz – Is your husband bringing any of the products home for you to taste test?

JStar – no not too hot. Did not have a manufactured flavour. I though $5.99 a bit much. Maybe I would buy it again on a cold winters day.

Polly B – I like buying the products as well it is a bit of fun.

9 Amy { 09.11.13 at 4:10 pm }

Thought the chilli con carne was quite nice last week. Im not a huge chilli con carne fan usually but it was OK. Not too hot.

Don’t think I can be bothered getting the sauce this week.

I think the problem with this show is that you could quite easily miss an episode and it doesn’t matter… You’re not missing out on the ‘storyline’ and there arent the same contestants each week so it would lose a lot of viewers because of that I think.

10 JStar { 09.11.13 at 4:42 pm }

Agree with Rosie. It was screamingly obvious that the plumber would win with his chilli sauce. Let’s face it, no supermarket would put an item on the shelf if the general population do not know what it is. For that African chilli pickled chutney to catch on, it probably needs to be firstly sold in stores where there is a strong population from Africa. Despite all the filler, the Woolworths woman was never, ever, going to agree to put that item in her store.

11 nanaliz { 09.11.13 at 4:51 pm }

No freebies, RR. I just made it his mission to give me feedback when he is at work. It is hard to know if people aren’t buying because it is available in other forms like in Mexican aisle or easy to make from scratch but no buzz this week. I will let you know later if he has any info.

12 Reality Raver { 09.11.13 at 5:22 pm }

Nana Liz – Keep us posted as it is interesting indeed. But if they croq’s are still on the shelves does that mean it still counts towards her tally I wonder.

13 Lyn { 09.12.13 at 8:41 am }

The spoon playing Mum of the winner was one of the finalists on Australia’s Got Talent a few years ago. There seems to be a few family’s out there now that have had multiple go’s at reality TV – Bake off Mum and daughter on one of the junior Masterchefs is one that I remember.

14 Lyn { 09.12.13 at 8:42 am }

Oops meant to add was in Wooly’s yesterday and they had all 3 weeks of goods still available at full price.

15 Audrey { 09.12.13 at 9:30 am }

I can’t stand chillies so the last two episodes have been very boring for me.

I did buy the croqs though and I thought that they had not been served well by the manufacturing process. The originals were hand-shaped and crumbed; the frozen product was extruded and not crumbed, and thus not crunchy.

I think it’s a pity that the “batch-up” doesn’t include preparing the product the way the end consumer would.

16 nanaliz { 09.12.13 at 10:07 am }

I might have to sack hubby as R2R sleuth. He didn’t even notice the sauce yesterday at work. Last chance today, but that is a man thing. Yes Lyn our store had both previous products in the freezer. Only about 10 chilli packs had sold last week.

17 MJD { 09.12.13 at 11:12 am }

There weren’t many bottles of sauce at my Woolworths last night, only about a dozen in the whole display. Not sure if that’s all they started with or they sold a lot yesterday…
I was pretty happy when I checked the freezer and the chilli con carne was still there because I forgot to buy it last week. I haven’t tried the chilli con carne yet, but I found the sauce to be disappointingly bland. I incorrectly assumed it would have that delicious kick that all homemade sauces have – totally forgot it has been mass produced!

18 Amy { 09.12.13 at 11:44 am }

I was really wanting the strawberry-chilli stuff to win! I would have love to have tried it. I did buy the winning sauce though, but I’m sure it was $4.99? Haven’t tried it yet – but the first thing I’ve been interested in trying so far. I do have a thing for condiments…

19 Bern { 09.12.13 at 6:42 pm }

I must admit that I was really hoping that the strawberry-mint-chili jam would win as it is a new flavour combination to me. I am happy that the chili-pawpaw sauce did win because there hasn’t been that flavour combination on the shelves before and I have eaten chili pawpaw soup many years ago in a hotel in PNG and it was to die for! I went and bought two bottles of the Hickory Hollow sauce today and was surprised at how hot it was. I can handle chili heat but even this was a bit too hot for me. Am glad now that I only bought 2 bottles, as I had been planning on buying at least 6.

The African lady’s piccalilli is not new as you can buy piccalilli in the stores now. The point of difference for the featured piccalilli was the spices. Having tasted the smoked chili sauce now, I think that the chili in the jam must have been way way over the top for the judges to have knocked it back.

I am surprised that the judges couldn’t have asked the chili jam contestant to knock back on the chili in another batch up since they had to help the African lady with her calculations. As Caroline said, jam is a very popular condiment with Aussies and I am sure that the chili jam would have sold more so than the chili sauce of which there are many variations on the shelves already.

With Sarah-Jade’s chile con carne, I bought two boxes of it since Darren Robertson loved it so much. My only disappointment with it is that it was a bit watery but otherwise I would have bought it again and again.

I found Concita’s Croqs took much longer to crisp up than what the package instructions said and weren’t as flavoursome as the judges made them out to be.

20 Kylie { 09.12.13 at 8:30 pm }

This is the first product off this show ive bought and while I was more hoping for the strawberry product to win I was happy enough with this sauce being the winner. I liked the sauce but like polly was hoping for more fruity background. I also would’ve liked it a touch thicker. In saying that, hubby n I did enjoy it n will use it.

21 nanaliz { 09.12.13 at 8:50 pm }

Hubby came home from work with the news that the chilli sauce display looks like it hasn’t been touched at our store.

I was interested to hear on Cairns news tonight that 11 local Coles stores are trialing a locally made Mango ice cream. If it goes well they will be developing it for Oz wide Coles stores.

22 Reality Raver { 09.12.13 at 11:47 pm }

The Mango ice cream certainly sounds more appetising then the hot sauce!

23 Penny { 09.13.13 at 8:49 pm }

All of my local Woolies sold out of the hot sauce so I ended up ordering it online – free delivery, but I felt really guilty because I can see a Woolworths store from my driveway! I just basted some chicken wings with it (mixed with a little butter) and it turned out superb!! Go Steve! I was disappointed in the chili con carne (the quality of mince :( ) but loved the croqs. I crisped them up under the grill after following the oven bake directions. They’d be perfect for morning tea at work!

24 Debby { 09.14.13 at 12:05 pm }

My hubby & I love the chilli sauce as did my son in law between us we have bought 6 bottles just in case woollies run out so far we have had it on just about everything from B-B-Q meats , chicken as a marinade along with ham sandwiches , in a stirfry & even on the humble meat pie a big thumbs up from us well done to Stephen I say.
You do have to like chilli to appreciate this sauce just loved it

25 Rosie { 09.17.13 at 10:51 am }

I have a feeling that this one is selling the best so far. I tried to buy it at my local Woolies on Sunday and Monday, but they had sold out. Pity, because I’d have liked to try it.

26 john pristy { 09.20.13 at 4:43 pm }

Just started my first bottle of Hickory Hollow smoked sauce. Love it, jazzed the sausage sarnie, zinged the toasted ham and cheese sarnie. Beats the bejesus out of the Heinz sweet chilli I recently wasted the same five bucks on. Hope Woolies keep on stocking it. or i I

27 john pristy { 09.20.13 at 4:51 pm }

Pressed the send button in error, just wanted to add I will have to find this Stephen Perry and beg for more. Only downside a bit on the runny side, but still great

28 Angela perry { 09.22.13 at 1:00 pm }

I am married to Stephen , the hot sauce man . I have enjoyed reading everyone’s comments . I am fortunate enough to have the home made stuff which is wonderful . Unfortunately the woollies product does not capture the true sensory experience if his sauce . If he does not win , I will back him all the way to make it on his own .

29 Daze { 09.22.13 at 1:31 pm }

Good on you for writing in Angela. Sounds like it’s a winner and if your husband could market and sell the product with the passion you both have, there will be no looking back – Wish you luck.

30 Bern { 09.22.13 at 10:01 pm }

Good for you for writing in Angela. I really liked the sauce but did find it a bit hot (but that’s my taste and I do eat a lot of chili). I really loved the smokey flavour and the fact hat Stephen used pawpaw in the sauce as that is a good flavour combination with the chili. I have yet to try the samosas but have bought them but so far the winners are Sarah Jade’s chili con carne and Stephen’s hot sauce. I tasted it just on its own without being added to anything so that would affect the flavour. It’s a pity that Woolworths had to change the recipe a bit but perhaps that is due to having to add preservatives in or some other reasons. But whatever happens I hope that Woolworths do continue to manufacture Stephen’s sauce and if so that they perhaps stick more to his recipe. The hot sauce is definitely unique to the market and there are lots of chili fans out there and I am one of them!