Boulevard 647 Buffalo Bleu Cheese Dip

Over at the Boulevard 647 Specialty Food Company, our friend, the Hot Dip Mastermind Dwayne Dittmer, brings us his award winning Buffalo Bleu Cheese Dip. The French might call the cheese “bleu” but in America, we say BLUE CHEESE.

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Buffalo Bleu Cheese Dip

Spice up your next Holiday or Football party with this delicious Award Winning buffalo cheese dip. It’s an easy heat and eat dip right out of the jar. Or, you can kick it up with some of the many recipe suggestions from Boulevard647.com.

Ingredients: cream cheese, hot sauce, butter, blue cheese, garlic, chipotle peppers, sugar, chili peppers, garlic powder, mustard powder, onion powder, paprika.

Boulevard 647 Buffalo Bleu Cheese Dip won the Chile Pepper Magazine’s 1st Place Award in both Condiment – Specialty, and Snacks – Prepared Dip categories. A double win!

Texture and Appearance: A very thick yellow dip with bits of spices throughout – it’s even gloppy.

Thick dip needs to be heated up.

Thick dip needs to be heated up.

Yes, gloppy is not an attractive word, but I wanted to distinguish it from the smooth, pasty cheese dips you see in the supermarket shelves near the chips. And in this case, “gloppy” is a good thing!

This is NOT thin cheese wiz stuff. But it does need to be heated to make it… well, dip-able. Very thick.

Taste Straight Up: Big bold cheese taste. Spicy on a medium level for a dip. It truly has a buffalo blue cheese flavor. This dip can be very useful. Beware, the salt content is high, but most buffalo sauce flavored recipes can be that way. Versatile.

Heat this dip for best flavor. With chips, it's pungent!

Heat this dip for best flavor. Our homemade pita chips.

Taste on Food: We heated up a cup of this dip to have with our homemade chicken tenders (below) and to dip with some pita chips (above). Pungent.

Our homemade chicken tenders were a perfect match.

Our homemade chick tenders were a perfect match.

Brian: This dip is great for a quickie. Just heat and eat. It was much better with the chicken tenders than it was with the pita chips. While I love blue cheese, I like controlling the amount of it in a dip. I think there could be more blue cheese crumbles versus the cheese mixture. And, like Marilyn says… this is some salty stuff.

Marilyn: This is a little too heavy on the blue cheese for me. I did like the creamy buffalo flavor, but the saltiness is a turnoff.

Heat Level: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – Mildly spicy. Not too hot for the masses. Just right.

Overall Rating: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – This dip has some promise. You could use it as is, or doctor it up. We think it’s very versatile and worthy of any party dip or veggie tray. Spicy.

Final Thoughts

Label/Graphics: The label and graphics are simple and clean. You know what you are getting.

We like the jar size – for a big party the jar is perfect – for a couple or smaller gathering, just spoon out what you need and keep the rest for later. Classic.

Where to buy: Boulevard 647 also makes a Garlic & Parmesan Artichoke Spinach Dip and both dips are available at http://boulevard647.com

Buffalo Style Tater Tots

Tater Tots are tossed in Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce, topped with shredded chicken, a good dollop of Blue Cheese Dressing and served as an appetizer. You may never eat Tater Tots the same way again!
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Sweet Baby Rays Wings 3 Ways

Day 4 of Week of Wings. It’s time to visit the grocery store to see what the wing sauces on the shelves offer. Today it’s three styles of Sweet Baby Ray’s wing sauces in the spotlight.

Sweet Baby Ray’s – Sweet Chili – Buffalo and Kickin’ Bourbon Wing Sauces

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Week of Wings 5 – Day 4. Our featured wings today are a 3 way from Sweet Baby Ray’s. Sweet Chili Wing Sauce and Glaze, Buffalo Wing Sauce and Glaze, and Kickin’ Bourbon Wing Sauce and Glaze. All are easily found on your local grocer’s shelves.

We like Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauces – who doesn’t? I would venture to say they are probably America’s favorite store-bought sauces. But how do their wing sauces hold up? “The Sauce is The Boss” as they say.

Preparation: Deep fried. Again, we did our usual 3 step cook – baked at 350º for 40 minutes (turning once half-way through), deep fried at 350 – 375º for 2 – 3 minutes, then tossed in the sauce. See our Wings 101 post for more info.

Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet Chili Wing Sauce & Glaze

First up, is their Sweet Chili sauce.

This sauce starts off sweet, but spicy red chili peppers provide enough heat to fire up an order of wings or liven up grilled salmon, popcorn shrimp, or pork chips.

Ingredients: high fructose corn syrup, distilled vinegar, aged cayenne pepper, water, modified food starch, salt, sugar, contains less than 2% of: sriracha chile sauce, red bell pepper, garlic, wheat, soybeans, vegetable oil, chicken base, spice, chile de arbol pepper, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, sodium metabisulfite as preservatives, xanthan gum, paprika.

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Texture and Appearance: Typical thick and sticky chile sauce, with bits of ingredients floating about. Clean.

Taste on wings: Super sweet and very sticky. Finger licking goodness with just a touch of heat. Enjoyable.

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Overall rating:

Heat Level: ★☆☆☆☆. Just a tingle of heat. Ultra mild.

Satisfaction: ★☆☆☆☆ – 1 Star – We think these wings are “acceptable”. And we think this sauce would make a great crockpot full of meatballs (which we plan to try), or added to baked beans, or as a glaze on ham or pork.

Sweet Baby Ray’s Buffalo Wing Sauce & Glaze

Next up, their version of Buffalo Wing Sauce.

… full flavored sauce with the perfect blend of cayenne pepper and garlic, and a rich butter finish.

Ingredients: aged cayenne pepper, distilled vinegar, margarine, water, salt, dried garlic, contains less than 2% of: vegetable oil, paprika, xanthan gum, propylene glycol alginate, citric acid. Gluten free.

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Texture and Appearance: Thin and bright orange in color. We’re back to the typical “buffalo style” bottled sauce look here. Moderately clingy and sets up on the wings. Great cling factor.

Taste on wings: This has all the taste of a very traditional wing from your local bar. Not a lot of butter taste, and the vinegar flavor is very mild. The taste is average, and the heat only slightly hotter than other bottled sauces from the store. Tangy.

Overall rating:

Heat Level: ★☆☆☆☆ Hotter than some store sauces, but only at a bare minimum. Would make for an acceptable wing that everyone could enjoy. Nice quality of flavor. Reliable.

Satisfaction: ★★☆☆☆ – 2 Stars – Nothing wrong with these mild wings. They’re just what you would imagine from a bar with a decent mild wing. Average.

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Sweet Baby Ray’s Kickin’ Bourbon Wing Sauce & Glaze

Finally, the BBQ version of their wing sauce.

“Smooth bourbon, sticky molasses and spicy peppers …”

Ingredients: water, high fructose corn syrup, aged cayenne pepper, molasses, distilled vinegar, modified food starch, salt, contains less than 2% of: bourbon, dried garlic, chipotle pepper, spice, natural flavor, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate as preservatives, xanthan gum, tomato paste, paprika, sucralose, citric acid, sodium citrate.

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Texture and Appearance: Dark almost mahogany colored. This mildly thick sauce is the BBQ Wing sauce king of the bunch. It clings nicely to the wings. Classic bbq.

Taste on wings: This is a BBQ wing. Make no mistake about it. Superior to your average bar bbq wing, these are very satisfying and tasty. Winner.

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Overall rating:

Heat Level: ★★☆☆☆ – 2 stars – Heat is just under medium here. This is all about the BBQ wing. Classy.

Satisfaction: ★★★☆☆ – 3 stars – Almost tops on our preference for a bbq wing. Delicious and savory. Preferred.

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Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. No compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.


More Week of Wings 5

Week of Wings 5 – Day 1: Patter Fam Sauces Sissy Sally Wing Sauce
Week of Wings 5 – Day 2: Datil Pepper BBQ Rubbed Wings
Week of Wings 5 – Day 3: Spicey Rooster Buffalo Wing Sauce
Week of Wings 5 – Day 4: Sweet Baby Rays 3 Wing Sauces
Week of Wings 5 – Day 5: Crystal and Louisiana Brand Wing Sauces
Week of Wings 5 – Day 6: Jerk BBQ Wings with Hoboken Eddies
Week of Wings 5 – Day 7: Seven wing recipes to try this year

New Buffalo Blue Cheese Burgers at Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr

Spicy new burgers for both brands, plus Buffalo Chicken Tenders at Hardee’s, feature iconic Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce.

Beginning today, August 21, you’ll be able to pick up a Buffalo Blue Cheese Burger at both Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr restaurants. Hardee’s is also offering Buffalo Chicken Tenders – hand breaded tenders dipped in Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce.

Buffalo Blue Cheese Burger at Hardees and Carls Jr

Just in time for the start of football season, Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s® today announce new menu items featuring the bold flavors of spicy Buffalo wings. The Buffalo Blue Cheese Burgers at Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s feature authentic Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce, blue cheese crumbles, Swiss cheese, mayo, red onion, tomato and lettuce atop a charbroiled beef patty and served on a sesame seed bun. In addition, Hardee’s is offering Buffalo Chicken Tenders dipped in Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce with buttermilk ranch dipping sauce. The new burger and chicken tenders are available now at all Hardee’s locations. The Buffalo Blue Cheese Burger will be available at Carl’s Jr. starting August 21st.

“For most guys, football season isn’t football season without Buffalo wings and burgers,” said Brad Haley, chief marketing officer of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. “So, since we’re in the burger business, we began playing around with the unique flavors of Buffalo wings on a burger and found that the combination tasted great. The spicy, vinegar kick of authentic Frank’s RedHot sauce is cooled down by the fresh produce and the creaminess of the blue cheese crumbles and Swiss cheese. It really is the best of both all-American classics coming together for the first time.”

For those who want their Buffalo wings on the more traditional side, Haley said, “At Hardee’s, we’re also dipping our popular Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders in Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce and serving them with a side of creamy buttermilk ranch dipping sauce to make really good boneless Buffalo wings. So, we’ve pretty much got your Buffalo wings cravings covered.”

To capture the authentic taste of true Buffalo wings, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s turned to iconic hot sauce Frank’s RedHot. Made with full-bodied cayenne peppers, vinegar, garlic and other spices, Frank’s Original RedHot Sauce became a culinary legend when it was used on the very first Buffalo wings created in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1964.

The Buffalo Blue Cheese Burger is available for purchase as a single, double or Six Dollar Burger or Thickburger starting at $2.89 for the single and can also be ordered as a combo meal with fries and a drink. The Buffalo Chicken Tenders are available at Hardee’s in three-piece and five-piece servings starting at $3.49. Prices may vary by location.

The football-themed ad for the Buffalo Blue Cheese Burger, featuring the theme music from Monday Night Football, can be viewed on the brands’ YouTube channels (www.youtube.com/carlsjr and www.youtube.com/hardees) and will start airing nationally at the end of August.

Stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter (www.twitter.com/carlsjr and www.twitter.com/hardees) for the latest on the flavor of the football season.

Source: BusinessWire.com.

Blackwoods Wing Sauce Garlic Parmesan and Chipotle Barbecue review

Blackwoods Wing Sauces are hand crafted in small batches, aged in barrels and bottled in glass “jugs”. Their 4 flavors are – Signature (Original), Garlic Parmesan, Chipotle BBQ and Dante’s Inferno.

We are looking at two of them here, the Garlic Parmesan and the Chipotle Barbecue flavors. While we think it’s nice that you get the full wing sauce package in one bottle, the butter flavor and sauce, these are two completely different flavor profiles.

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Tabasco Buffalo Style Hot Sauce Review

Tabasco is the indisputable “Grandfather” of American hot sauces, but in the grand scheme of things they are still playing catch-up. And so here is a review of their “Buffalo Style” Hot Sauce. Following in their footsteps of adopting Habanero, Chipotle, Sweet and Spicy, and Garlic, the McIlhenny Family has finally jumped on the “Buffalo Style” sauce bandwagon… and as a result have produced a superior sauce that trumps the old stalwart of Franks RedHot.

Tabasco Buffalo Style Sauce Bottle

Tabasco Brand Buffalo Style Hot Sauce

Read on for our pics and comments…
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Review Mama Bulls Louisiana Hot Sauce on Wings

Week of Wings II – Day 6 – Mama Bull’s Louisiana Hot Sauce

On Day 6 of our wing roundup this year, we bring you a a review of Mama Bull’s Louisiana Hot Sauce Cayenne Pepper Sauce as a straight wing sauce. No butter added, we just followed the directions on the bottle to dunk the wings in the sauce!

As a rule, I’m not a fan of Louisiana style hot sauces… but I’m getting there. Check out our review of Swamp Scum or Louisiana Gold Pepper Sauce and you will see I’m becoming a fan. This review is another great example of how a Louisiana style hot sauce is inching me closer to liking them.

Taste straight up:Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars

Marilyn: There is a big hit of vinegar both through the smell and first taste. The taste is slightly sweet in a veggie way – probably the carrots.
Brian: At first I thought this was a very traditional Louisiana sauce, but it’s bigger than that. The flavor really pops!

Texture & Appearance:
Marilyn: I see crushed red peppers and seeds, and perhaps bits of garlic. At first I thought it may be too thin to cling to the wings, but it’s now setting up nicely and there is a thick coating on the wings.
Brian: A thin sauce with bits of garlic floating about. I also see crushed red pepper flakes and seeds. This sauce sets up nicely and clings very well to the wings.

Taste:Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars

Marilyn: I taste vinegar first, then hot. Yes, hot hot… it’s burning my lips. Then I get a slower back of the throat burn. There’s a full flavor profile with the vinegar, heat and finally a nice warm depth of flavor. A winner with me.
Brian: A very traditional Louisiana flavor, this is a good flavor bringing on a nice medium-to-strong heat. I’m digging it. I wish we had prepped this sauce with some butter for a traditional “Buffalo” style sauce… but we followed the instructions on the bottle that said to simply toss the wings in the sauce.

Heat Level:Rated 3 out of 5 Stars

Marilyn: Make no mistake, this sauce is hot! I already said it burned me right away. Brian first thought it was mild, but then it got hotter for him.
Brian: Go figure. It was tame at first, but the more I ate, the hotter it got. I was surprised. And I grew to like it. I don’t think it was as good as other wing sauces we’ve reviewed here on HotSauceDaily.com but I would enjoy these at a local bar if they were their only offering. Just add beer!

Label/Graphics:Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – As you can see from the pic of the label above, Mama Bull’s label doesn’t exactly stand out. The words “hot sauce” are the most prominent. I think the Bull should be more “Mama-like” and less “Bull-like”. The label is just so-so. And we reviewed their “hot” version as opposed to the “mild” version which they also offer.

Overall Rating:Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – We’re awarding 3 stars for overall goodness. Heat, flavor, and consistency was pretty solid. Stay tuned for our review of Mama Bull’s Mild Louisiana Hot Sauce

Ingredients: water, vinegar, tomato sauce (tomato, salt, naturally derived citric acid), lemon juice, cayenne pepper, fresh carrots, canola oil, garlic, onion, salt, crushed red peppers, xanthan gum, spices

And here’s where you can get yourself some bottles of Mama Bull’s Sauces. Tell ’em HotSauceDaily.com sent you!

Food Blog Monday: Mangos Chili and Z

I haven’t done a Food Blog Monday post in awhile, but this blog impressed me so much I wanted to share it with you.

Mangos Chili and Z is written by Lea Ann Brown. She brings a great voice to the Colorado community with beautiful pictures and insightful recipes and reviews.

One recent spicy recipe of hers is her Buffalo Shrimp and Blue Cheese Appetizer. Incredibly simple and so easy to make, these little fiery shrimps are delicious. Here’s a pic of our finished shrimps. (Thanks Emeril.)

While Lea Ann made her buffalo shrimp with Sticky Brand Sauces’ Hot Jolokia BBQ sauce, we had a bottle of Satan’s Rage Ghost Pepper Sauce on hand. Hot stuff!

We also made a batch of the shrimp with Frank’s RedHot Wings Hot Buffalo sauce… for comparison. Also delicious and very easy to find at your grocers.

Here is the link to Lea Ann’s Buffalo Wing style shrimp recipe:
http://highlandsranchfoodie.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/buffalo-shrimp-blue-cheese-appetizer/

We prefer our own blue cheese recipe:
http://hotsaucedaily.com/2009/10/13/blue-cheese-dip-homemade/

She also makes homemade English Muffins:
http://highlandsranchfoodie.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/homemade-englihs-muffins-the-best-hollandaise-sauce-ever/

And she makes guacamole:
http://highlandsranchfoodie.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/tangy-green-guacamole-different-guacamole-recipe/

Check out Lea Ann’s Mangos Chili and Z blog for the recipe for these easy appetizers and tell her Brian from HotSauceDaily.com sent you.

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