Purple Haze Hot Sauce uses habaneros for the heat (and the flavor), but it’s not something you notice on the ingredient list. No, it’s the red cabbage that gives the sauce its beautiful purple color. This is what’s in the bottle: Pineapple juice, red cabbage, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, onion, lemon juice, habanero pepper puree (habanero pepper, salt, acetic acid), spices, ginger, thyme and xanthan gum.
As you pour, you see the beautiful color that the red cabbage gives to this sauce, but the first thing you taste is the sweetness of the pineapple and brown sugar mixed with the sweet spice of the apple cider vinegar. This kale is more for color than to add an overpowering flavor.
For those of you who don’t like pineapple, first of all ….. Why? But seriously, don’t worry about whether they’re at the top of the ingredient list. The sweetness comes quickly, but balances out all the flavors that come quickly. And to me, pineapple isn’t even the most interesting sweetener in this sauce. It’s brown sugar. It lingers in the mouth from start to finish, but it never takes over the hot sauce. Honestly, it’s the balance of all the flavors that makes Purple Haze hot sauce.
Purple Hayes Hot Sauce per spoon
The mashed habanero also hits quickly in the middle of the bite, but not overwhelmingly so. It overpowers the other flavors, as does the sweetness of the habanero.
I couldn’t taste the ginger in the first battle, but when I got into this sauce, I could taste that exotic flavor in the back. A refreshing change for those who stick to the sauce. The same goes for onions.
The lemon juice is noticeable and helps to refine the relish. I even added a little more fresh lemon to the Purple Haze and it brought even more flavor to the sauce. These are absolute lemon lovers on my part. Chances are you’ll fall in love with the balance of the lemon while the sauce is standing.
With habaneros (100,000-350,000 Scoville heat blocks) in the ingredient list and the word psychedelic on the label, you’d think Purple Fog Hot Sauce would contain some hard-to-handle heat. Not in this case. Habanero peppers give a firm medium heat without too much spice.
If you can handle the heat of a typical cooking chili like fresh jalapeños (2,500 to 8,000 SHU) and cayenne (30,000 to 50,000), you can handle the heat here. Somewhere in this range, depending on the spoon. The spiciness is well balanced with the flavor profile, although it was a bit inconsistent for me at times. Some bite harder than others. This problem can probably be solved by shaking the bottle every time you use it.
With this list of ingredients, where do you start for fun? It doesn’t look like it will work with many things, but you’d be surprised. Remember, red cabbage is more for color than for flavor. It’s that sweet, complex spiciness that comes through in the psychedelic Purple Hayes hot sauce.
I tried it with one of my favorite tacos (pulled pork with fresh pineapple and cabbage – I had vegetarian pulled pork, but it works both ways) – cotton ball. It also works on nachos, and I loved it on my avocado toast. It added just the right amount of salt and sweet without making me crave more heat. The sweetness also goes well with seafood and chicken.
It’s also thick, so your deposit stays in place. This thickness makes Purple Haze a great dipping sauce for any meal. The color may not go with everything (in terms of coating or ingredient aesthetics), but the flavor is absolutely there to work with many foods.
The author of this sauce, Chef Rick Orlando, tells the story of this sauce on his website. Not enough: This sauce was made decades ago for Rick’s dish, Purple Danger Shrimp. In addition to this sauce, Rick sells a lot of great spices and blends on his website.
The label on this sauce is very vintage yet trendy and fun. I don’t know anyone who saw this bottle on the shelf and wasn’t intrigued. It shows itself on the shelf.
In fact, any hot sauce that has red cabbage as the second ingredient on the list (and has that purple color) is a favorite topic of conversation at the dinner table. It’s just not the ingredient or color you’d expect from most hot sauces.
Purple Haze offers a smooth ride with a blend of pineapple, apple cider vinegar, red cabbage, habanero peppers and more. It’s a unique scent combined with an amazing color. It’s really fun to talk about it (and taste it) around the table. (RicOrlando.com)
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