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Overly Sweet; Lacks Any Subtlty

  • Mar 26, 2009
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Let me open by explaining something: I believe that good cooking requires some subtlety. A little restraint perhaps. But there's a school of cooking that seems to think that all you really need to make good food is to either a) deep fry it or b) pour a hell of a lot of sauce all over it. The actual food you're cooking seems to be fairly unimportant, taking a back seat to the fry-a-lator or the sauce-o-squirter. Fischer & Weiser Mango Ginger Habanero Sauce would fit right into a kitchen like that.

It's not that it tastes bad, because it doesn't - not really anyway. The ginger flavor comes through fairly well (and I like ginger) and it finishes with a well balanced heat that's on the mild side, but nice all the same. Those aren't the problems. The real issue is that it's that it's absurdly sweet. As in candy sweet. As in "forget tasting what you're pouring it on" sweet. And it's thick too. Which is neither here nor there (I don't have any real preference in that regard) but it's relevant if you don't want WAY too much sauce on what you happen to be flavoring.

On the upside, it's made with sugar; no corn syrup (high fructose or otherwise) fouls the bottle. And I did like the underlying flavors, so if you dig really sweet and thick sauces, you may well enjoy this.

For me though, I'd have to agree with the (really poorly printed) label when it refers to this product as a "finishing and dipping sauce"; dipping food I'm eating in this sauce would pretty much finish it for me.

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April 23, 2009
I'd agree flavor-wise, but in a different vehicle - this stuff wouldn't work at all on chips, sadly....
April 12, 2009
This sounds interesting. I don't think I've ever had a habenero sauce that was overly sweet before, but mango + ginger + habanero do sound good together and like they'd be awesome with some tortilla chips!
April 12, 2009
I too used to belong to the school of "slather on a bunch of sauce" cooking before I discovered salt, pepper, lemon taste pretty good. But I'm definitely also a sucker for sweet-savory flavors, so I will take your (cautious) rec in consideration. On that topic, ever heard of candied bacon?
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All natural finishing and dipping sauce. Sweet heat. No preservatives added. Flavored and favored by the Southern Hemisphere, the most versatile of Latin condiments. Pour it on grilled chicken, roasted tenderloin or broiled fish. Add a little tropical heat to your life! Fischer & Wieser's gourmet cooking sauces are the best pantry essential to come along since sliced bread. There is no easier way to create a unique meal with gourmet flair! Enjoy!

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Fischer and Wieser Speciality Foods Company, a family-operated business, makes award-winning, gourmet sauces, jams, and jellies, including award-winning sauces such as the Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce; Sweet, Sour, and Smokey Mustard Sauce; and Texas 1015 Onion Glaze. Founded by Mark Wieser and Case Fischer in Texas in 1969, the company calls a historic warehouse site its home. The tradition and values that started the company still drive it today. Everyone at Fischer and Wieser believes in producing a quality product that is handcrafted one jar at a time.
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