With some of the tropical hot sauces I’ve tried recently, I thought I go with a store bought hot sauce this time around to see how it had tasted. “Store bought”, in my mind, is a more mainstream brand that you can find almost anywhere and while I’ve seen hot sauces from Melinda’s over the years, I’ve never bought one because some of it seemed too hot. I did spot a mango hot sauce, or described on the label as being a “mild & sweet habanero pepper sauce” with mango used as well. I had searched for other reviews and one stated this was very mild. I knew people regard Melinda’s as being nice and hot, so a mild hot sauce from them was interesting and “safe” for me. The store that I spotted the mango hot sauce had this priced a bit too high for a store bought sauce, but when I visited a supermarket, I saw it there for half the price, which was perfect.
The first two ingredients listed are “fresh mangoes & carrots”, which I felt was perfect so I knew there was going to be some sweetness involved. It then lists sugar, cane vinegar and lemon juice. It is only until ingredient #6 do they list “choice red habanero peppers”, so for me, I assumed that there was going to be a bit of heat but perhaps a low priority. The sauce also uses tomato aste, onions, vinegar, and salt. All natural with fresh ingredients, no artificial preservatives or colors, gluten free, and no GMO’s, so perhaps the assumed high price you may have to pay for this goes towards quality. Sodium level is 40mg.
The mango and sweetness is strong upon opening, and I will say that this tastes quite nice. As for the heat, there’s barely any heat at all. You can put it on a lot of different dishes and it compliments everything. If you take a teaspoon or tablespoon of sauce and have a good taste, it is then you’ll really taste and sense any level of heat, but it’s almost like making some scrambled eggs and adding a pinch of salt or pepper to it. If you didn’t know it had peppers in it, you would never know.
I used to be someone who thought a dish with more than one drop of Tabasco was too hot and too much. I was also a pre-teen and teenager who didn’t know better. If you’re someone who maybe only likes their hot sauce in very low dosages, this would be a great starting point. The heat is lower than Tabasco, Tapatio, or any regular store bought hot sauce, but the flavor is nice to where I could see adding this to ice creams or other desserts. The heat here is minor and almost comes off as a side nite, but it’s there to where you may say “oh yeah, this is a hot sauce, isn’t it?” Do not expect the warmth on this to jump in your face, but as a flavor enhancer with something extra, this will work quite well.