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Johnny Scoville’s Review of Death by Chocolate!

Another review of our Death by Chocolate Sauce. Check out what Johnny Scoville has to say about our MILD !

Here’s is Johnny talking about our MEDIUM Sauce:

And finally, here’s his thoughts on our HOT:

Bill Moore’s Hot & Spicy Review of Our Sauce!!

We are honored to have Bill Moore review our sauce! Check out the video below!

Black Eyed Susan Spice Company on KOB4

Check out Sebastian’s interview by Albuquerque’s KOB4 for the 2020 Fiery Food Show

Death by Chocolate Reviewed by Burn Blog

Mark Masker was kind enough to review our sauce for the Burn Blog. His review can be found below or follow this link for the review and his recipe for a Spicy Honey Chicken Sandwich!

Black Eyed Susan’s Sauce Reviewed

Black Eyed Susan Spice Co’s Death by Chocolate hot sauce line packs a solid punch. It’s centered around the chocolate habanero, with apple, peach, garlic, and cocoa all playing a part in a flavor profile that’s sweet and sour with a subtle chocolate tone to it. What is not is a weak little sauce line for snowflake people with manbuns who can’t stop saying, “It’s about the journey, not the destination” while sipping a green maca crappaccino extra whip, whose phones are much smarter than they are.

That’s oldguyspeak for “Death by Chocolate has a good flavor but its heat isn’t for the timid.” If you’re entertaining a group of people whose general idea of spicy falls on the milder side, Death by Chocolate may be a bit of a shock for them; the mild version of the sauce has a medium-sized kick because the chocolate habanero pepper, while not a Ghost or Reaper, still isn’t anybody’s bitch. What these sauces are is a blend of sweet and sour with a touch of cocoa followed by a good dose of heat. After I tasted it, I thought I’d try it out on something the local fast fooderies around here have been pimping for a while in a watered-down form: the hot chicken sandwich.

I made up a batch of fried chicken and coated it with a blend of honey and Death by Chocolate for stickiness, then tried each one as a sandwich with mayo and pickles on it. The sauce goes quite well with honey and each successively hotter sandwich had a hotter kick, as you’d expect. I was pretty happy with the results but I think I’d have been even more pleased had I tossed fried or grilled wings with the honey/sauce blend. But that’s on me. The recipe is below. You can pick up a bottle or two or three from Black Eyed Susan right here.

Impress Guests with a Death By Chocolate Baked Brie


-Puff Pastry
-Full round of Brie
-Death By Chocolate ( )
-(OPTIONAL) Jam/Jelly/Marmalade to mix with Death By Chocolate

Your ingredients

Place Brie in middle of pastry and put Death By Chocolate on top of the cheese

Wrap the pastry around the Death By Chocolate topped Brie

Brush with Egg if you want, bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown

Serve as fancy as possible and keep your pinkie in the air

Blow minds

Happy Super Bowl, or whatever event you want to enjoy!

Our First Cook

After borrowing Tim’s brother’s brew kettle (yes… it’s a keg. If you get to know us, this will make a lot of sense to you!), we set about learning about online ordering of “large” amounts of ingredients and trying to sync up 3 busy schedules.  We succeeded!

The moment we became real hot sauce makers, and not necessarily popular with the other people renting space in the commercial kitchen, was when we opened the 5 gallon bucket of chocolate habanero mash…

Excitement and awe quickly turned to ridiculous tears and laughter.  Tim demonstrated the worst mistake we could make, luckily only in mime, no trips to the ER this time!

After the breathing shenanigans subsided we got to work with our chopped ingredients and trusty blender!

The scale of our ambitions became clear as we added… and added… and added ingredients to the kettle.

Luckily the kitchen has a rideable sized immersion blender, otherwise we might have a very high death rate of table top blenders.

Sebastian learned the hard way that keeping the sauce moving over the heat is a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG and hot process…  Apparently that whole blood, sweat and tears thing is more about sweat in the hot sauce game… who knew?!?

But… after a few hours, we had made our first batch of sauce!!!  Then we learned that shrink wrapping involves more sweat…


It felt good to finally have product to show after years of testing, rewriting recipes, planning, and false starts.  We hope you enjoy this sauce as much as we do!


Sourcing Peppers for Our Sauce!

We should have known from the ominous sky that this weekend would be… exciting!

Ron and Sebastian set off to Asheville, North Carolina to meet Smoking J, Joel himself, from and the people behind our peppers.  Driving through the Smoky Mountains from Maryland was an adventure in and of itself.  The weather refused to give us more than 30 minutes of peaceful driving at a time through all the exciting, and even in the rain, beautiful, twisty mountain passes.

Joel and Co. were amazing.  We could not be happier choosing them to exclusively grow our peppers for us.  What a professional, kind, friendly, and fun group of people!  After introductions and discussions about the pros and cons of working with insanely hot peppers we were invited to follow in the deluge to the farm from the production facility.  So we hopped in our submarine…

Upon arrival at the farm we were given a tour of some of the muddy fields and a greenhouse.  Apparently we were all supposed to be grateful for the rain as there had been drought conditions up until a few days prior…  We begrudgingly agreed to be very happy about being under water.  The pepper plants:  Happy!  Our shoes?  Not so much.

Sebastian, being in charge of product development, communed with the plants… They may or may not have inspired new products.  You’ll have to wait and see!

All in all, this trip was a raging success!  We made new friends, learned a TON about peppers, saw how stunning this region of the country can be (even in the rain), drank a ton of amazing beer in Asheville… and most importantly: got a 5 gallon bucket of pepper mash for our next commercial batch of Death by Chocolate! Also some other goodies to experiment with!  We can’t wait to visit the farm again in the fall, nor can we say enough good things about Joel and the gang at Smoking J’s Fiery Foods.

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