Hell Flakes is the latest seasoning from the kitchens of Todd Wilbur’s Top Secret Recipes. It’s a “fiery five-pepper blend that starts sweet and finishes hot.”
Don’t let the name HELL FLAKES scare you. What we have here is a flavorful and inventive blend of dried chile pods that you can shake onto any food to spice things up. Think crushed red pepper times 5 – five flavors that is.
Contains: Dried Chile Flakes. Yup, that’s the whole ingredient list. Actually, we have some mild sweet chiles, some medium hot chiles and a few really hot chiles all blended together. Which chiles are which? Well, all Todd would tell me is it starts with bell peppers and goes up to habaneros. This wouldn’t be a Top Secret Recipe if we knew everything.
Texture and Appearance: – Dried and crushed to an impressive small and consistant grind, this shaker of spicy chile peppers is remarkable in consistency and visual appeal. There are no whole chile pepper seeds in this mix, just tiny bits of flakes and teeny bits of the seeds.
Hell Flakes will probably replace my standard crushed red peppers shakers of all sorts from here on out. I’m the guy that dumps a palm-full of crushed red peppers onto a paper plate to sort out the whole seeds from the flakes.
Remember doing that with album covers in the 70’s? “? No stems, no seeds that you don’t need..? .”
I give it 5 Stars for beauty and texture.
Heat Level: – Yes, only 2 stars. I told you not to be scared off by the name Hell Flakes. Although it’s a great name, this seasoning is not from Hell. But it is from Las Vegas… draw your own conclusions.
Taste Straight Up: Much fresher than crushed red pepper, there is a bouquet of fresh chile pods and a natural sweetness and almost citrus-y aspect to the blend. It really shines on pizza (of course) and in our favorite salsa blanco from our local Mexican cantina.
Final Thoughts: Highly recommended. This is our new “crushed red pepper” staple. Next time a recipe calls for that, we’ll use Hell Flakes.
About: “Creating Original Clone Recipes of America’s Favorite Foods since 1987″. Food hacker and host of CMT’s “Top Secret Recipe,” Todd Wilbur is the author of a series of unique cookbooks which reveal simple secret recipes for creating home versions of America’s most popular brand-name foods.
In addition to Hell Flakes, Todd offers a Top Secret Steak Rub, Chicken Rub and Salmon (fish) Rub – all are available at http://topsecretrecipes.com
And don’t forget the 10+ books Todd has written exposing America’s Favorite Recipes from restaurants and fast-food chains everywhere.
Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.