“ Brand: Aldi / Type: Sauces „
I was in Aldi and needed chilli sauce for the kebabs I was making for tea, I didn't think in million years that Aldi would stock it as I've looked in there for it before and they didn't have it and I know they lack ranges, but they did. It cost just 59p for 300 ml when I bought it a few months ago, it has however gone up in price to 79p quite a jump but still cheap enough. The bottle of sweet Thai chilli is the same shape as the proper brand, small and tall necked. The bottle is clear glass which has a blue label similar to a well known Asian sauce company. Once open you have to eat it within a few weeks and best keep it refrigerated. The sauce itself is red with chilli bits suspended in it. The consistency is slimy I suppose, that sounds off putting but it's the only way I can think to describe it, maybe syrupy would be better. It tastes good, very similar to other proper branded sweet chilli sauces. The sauce is sweet with a hot kick I don't find it particularly 'hot' though (unless of course I put too much on which is easily done as it's quite thin). There are plenty of chilli bits floating around in it. I really do love my chilli sauces and honestly this tastes very similar to the proper one. I would recommend it and will buy it again. 5 stars from me
Bramwells is a brand with which I was unfamiliar, until I picked up some on offer at Aldi earlier this year. We often have Fajitas whether Old El Paso or the cheaper supermarket versions. However, you tend to run out of sauce before you run out of anything else, so we bought this as a means of using up the other ingredients in the box. We were in the habit of adding some chilli powder to further spice up our fajita so buying Chilli sauce rather than Salsa sauce seemed a good option. Buying a more familiar brand is really quite expensive so we are pleased to have found this impressive and cheaper alternative. This product comes in a 300ml clear glass bottle and you can clearly see the nice dark red sauce inside the jar. It has a light green and red label with white writing. Also included are details of the contents in terms of calories, sugar, fats, sats and salt. I was surprised at the fact that 11% of a 30ml serving is salt! Why is it that most things that taste so nice are bad for you. Ingredients wise, a full list is given. However, it is hardly surprising to note that the main ingredient is tomato puree and of course water. Prominently displayed on the front of the label is a notice saying that this product is gluten free and suitable for vegetarians. Nutritional information is included on the label on the neck. In fact, for a relatively small sized bottle, they have managed to include a lot of information for the consumer, which is good. We like this sauce and have bought a few bottles to have on standby while it was on offer recently. We have also bought other varieties to try from the Bramwell range of pickles, sauces and dressings stocked by Aldi. This product is listed as having been specially produced for Aldi, so I should imagine that you wouldn't get this at any other shop. Because it is in a bottle it can be kept in the fridge and used like other sauces. On the bottle it says it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks after opening. On the bottle it says that it is ideal for roast meats, barbecues or even as a dip. Other than as an ingredient within Fajitas, we have found it handy to pour over some chips, as an alternative to ketchup. Livens up a sausage too! You could always try it on last night's cold kebab? This may not be a connoisseur's choice of sauce and the list of ingredients is not hugely impressive (salt content being a particular concern) , but it is cheap, does the job and offers very good value.
I am totally addicted to Encora and Blue Dragon Sweet chilli dipping sauces. My Mother buys me them weekly and if I don't get them I go completely mental! I eat them with such a variety of foods and am so lost without them! Of late my Mum has started to try cut down our humongous shopping bill by shopping as usual in Sainsbury's but getting a few little bits and bobs to try in Aldi and it's worked out well and we've had some excellent stuff from Aldi come through our door recently! However I was gutted to see she's bought this Bramwells Chilli sauce instead of my usual offerings and I was concerned as it only cost about 59p! The Packaging: See through glass bottle and it's bigger at the bottom and goes thinner to the top (like traditional Heinz tomato sauce bottles in appearance) with a black screw on/off lid/cap to the top of it. On the front there is a label to the neck of the bottle which tells me what it is and then there is a larger label to the main of the bottle that again tells me that it is Bramwells 'Pickles, sauces, dressings' Chilli Sauce ' This hot & spicy sauce is ideal for roast meats and barbeques or as a dip'. Other information on the front of the label includes being told it is Vegetarian, ingredients and dietary information is given (it is Gluten free), I'm told how to use it and given storage instructions, the best before date is displayed, the size is stated (300g), contact details for Aldi are given and finally there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. Nice enough bottle and it doesn't scream cheap at you at least! The Sauce Itself: Bright red, smooth and glossy it smells rather peppery if you inhale it. It's rather runny in it's overall appearance though does have a little 'body' to it. It has a sweet and sourness to it and a real taste of chilli's though saying that it really isn't blow your brains out hot! It has a real taste of tomatoes to it blended well with the red pepper and what I do find odd about this sauce is although it tastes to me highly chilli's they are not listed on the ingredient list given (only pepper is). Verdict: Not a bad sauce but if you buy chilli sauce then you expect a hot one I think. With this you get more of a thin tomato sauce with a kick opposed to simply hot sauce. However it is tasty but this type of sauce really isn't my thing and it's to smooth and sauce like for me compared to my usual prefered dipping sauces but for the price I do advise you to buy it and try it out for yourself as it really is ok! Nutritional Information Per 30g Serving: Calories: 25 Sugar: 4.9g Fat: 0.1g Saturated Fat: Nil Salt:0.8g Only available in Aldi stores.