Thursday, May 31, 2012

Are You Brave Enough to try the World's Hottest Ketchup?

Melinda's Naga Jolokia Ketchup
Buy Melinda's Naga Jolokia Ketchup
The Naga Jolokia pepper, also known as the bhut jolokia or ghost pepper, is widely recognized as the hottest chile pepper in the world. Hailing from India, this infernally fiery pepper is magnitudes hotter than a habanero pepper. While ghost pepper hot sauces have exploded in popularity since the arrival of the jolokia pepper on the mass market--we even offer a brand-new Ghost Pepper Hot Sauces Gift Box just in time for Father's Day--its use has been limited mostly to extreme hot sauces appealing only to hard-core chileheads, veteran fiery-foods fanatics, and hot sauce collectors.

Lately, however, we've seen the introduction of a few somewhat more "mainstream" products featuring the naga jolokia pepper as an ingredient, namely salsas (with Da Bomb Ghost Pepper Salsa and Jolokia 10 Salsa being the best-known), Jolokia 10 Mustard, and even flaming-hot peanuts dusted with jolokia powder and aptly named Da Bomb Ghost Pepper Nuts. So it was just a matter of time before the infamous naga jolokia made its way into that ubiquitous pantry staple that's beloved by kids as well as more than a few adults: Ketchup.

Melinda's Naga Jolokia Ketchup is quite possibly the hottest ketchup on the planet. But unlike some other ghost pepper products, this super-hot ketchup is not a gimmick. True to Melinda's heritage, this Naga Jolokia Ketchup is about superior flavor along with the fiery heat. As with all of Melinda's products, this ketchup is all-natural and does not use high fructose corn syrup for sweetness, relying instead on pure cane sugar and glucose to enhance the natural sweetness of ripe tomatoes. And the spices in this ketchup were carefully chosen to complement the jolokia pepper and pay tribute to its Indian heritage: Along with garlic and onion, Melinda's adds a dash of cinnamon and a nip of cloves. The net effect, other than being astoundingly hot, is surprisingly flavorful and pleasing to (whatever is left of) your taste buds.

A word of caution: If you are brave enough to try ghost pepper ketchup, start off with a VERY small dab on your food until you are comfortable with the heat level. You can always add more....

So, are YOU brave enough to try Melinda's Naga Jolokia Ketchup? If so, please leave a comment to tell us what you think!

Zestfully yours,

PS: Like all other Melinda's Ketchups and nearly all of her other products, Melinda's Naga Jolokia Ketchup is certified Kosher.

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