Hello, everyone, and welcome to a special post from here at the Polar Bear’s den. No, it’s not quite another sauce review yet. But don’t worry. Those will be coming hopefully again at the end of next week. That’s when I’ll be once more heading out to forage. And while I can’t really get wings like usual, I can get frozen chicken nuggets, patties, chicken strips, or whatever else and get to trying some amazing sauces.
And speaking of amazing sauces, anyone that’s been reading my blog knows that I am a massive Marie Sharp’s Sauces fan. She makes my now-favorite general pepper sauce. There’s my favorite garlic-y hot sauce. If you want a little more of a kick, they have the best “hotter” variety hot sauce I’ve had. And, seriously, everyone should try Smoked Habanero. I didn’t even realize you could bottle such intense smokey, savory, hot flavor. That bottle did -not- last long, lemme tell you. And that’s just scratching the surface of the 14 total sauces I’ve had from them. If you’re a fan of fruit-based sauces, they’ve got sauces for you aplenty. If you want something bright and tangy, dark and smokey, or anywhere in-between, there’s a hot sauce for you there.
But, if you didn’t know, Marie Sharp’s makes more than just hot sauces. She also makes a steak sauce, has barbacoa sauces, jams and other spreads, and more. With how much I loved their hot sauces, I knew it was only a matter of time before I gave more of her products a try. Well, I finally got together an order and sent it in. I went to their site, picked out about 9 things I wanted to give a try, and I put in my order. I want to say that the prices over there are really good, in my opinion. The fancy hot sauces I get are around 10-12 bucks apiece. I got my 9 items for like 56 bucks. I mentioned this before when I got my “One of Everything” hot sauce order from them and also was amazed at the prices. For what I’ve seen, you get premium sauce flavor at grocery store shelf prices. That’s the best combination. But anyway, I got my items in my cart and made my order.
Almost immediately, I got not just my order confirmation email, but a nice message from Michael Touby, the Ambassador of Heat for the Marie Sharp’s US distributor. He said he’d hook me up. Well, a couple days later, this was on my doorstep.
That’s a 23lb box. After I finished getting my jaw up off the floor and mopping up, I brought the box in. I’ve been eager to get this box open, and it’s finally time.
Here we have just inside the box. You know, there’s always some inherent danger when one ships glass bottles. I’ve seen firsthand what can happen if a box isn’t packed properly. Heck, it can happen with cardboard and plastic things inside. The folks at Marie Sharp’s are going to make sure your box gets there perfectly.
That little, purple mesh bag is filled with stickers, window-clings, and a very nice postcard from the Marie Sharp’s team.
Skylar, I can all-but guarantee I’m going to enjoy everything in this box.
So, removing the first layer of wrapping, we get to:
As you can see, we’ve got more nice wrapping and boxes within boxes. It’s truly Christmas. Some of the loose items look like the items I specifically chose, so let’s see what we’ve got.
Starting out, we’ve got the Tropical Mixed Fruit Jam. I wanted to give the Marie Sharp’s jams a try, and that one seemed right down my alley. I love tropical mixed fruit, so I’m really excited about this.
Then, we have the last hot sauce that I have to try from Marie Sharp’s: No Wimps Allowed. I’ve still got some of the other hotter variety sauces, so I’m ready to give this one a try and compare it to the others.
After that, we have a 10oz bottle of Smoked Habanero. Considering how fast the previous, 5oz bottle went, this one I am guessing will go pretty quickly too.
Then, we have the Exotic Steak Sauce. I am alright with steak sauce, usually. It’s not something I use a ton, but I’m wanting to give it a try and see what happens.
Finally, there’s the Belizean Season All. This is a wild card. I have no base of knowledge for it, so I’m going to come at this one entirely blind. Very excited.
So, this isn’t something I was expecting at all. I was thinking maybe I’d get an extra set of stickers or something, but this box is next. As you can see, it’s been nicely personalized. Marie Sharp’s, you guys rock. Let’s see what’s inside.
And again, we’ve got some nicely-wrapped bottles. Bubble wrap, foam wrap, nicely done. But what happens when you unwrap them?
What you have is a quartet of sauces that are some of my favorites out of the Marie Sharp’s line. Sweet Chili is great on things like egg rolls, crab rangoon, pork chops, and fried chicken. Then, there’s Smokin’ Marie, an absolutely amazing sauce that’s the Smoked Habanero but hotter. I’ve been putting this in Sloppy Joes and it’s been amazing. Then, we’ve got the Garlic Pepper Sauce, which is amazing on pizza and pasta of all types. We finish off with Green Habanero, that can go on any burrito, taco, or enchilada you might have. You can just put this on nacho chips and eat it straight. It’s amazing.
Another mystery box. Though, this one having a Maya Mike sticker on it makes me think it’s the barbacoa bottles. Let’s see.
I’ll skip the “see these bottles all wrapped up in foam wrap” this time. I’m guessing you all get it by now. But suffice to say, there was no chance these bottles were going to make it in anything but great condition.
So… I don’t want to sound off, but there was a tiiiiiny issue here. You’ll notice that two of those sauces are the same. It should’ve been 3 different types. But, you know, I’m not upset. I’m gonna be needing to make another order from Marie at some point, and I know I can pick it up then. No worries at all. And I’m guessing the extra bottle will go quick.
I know I’ve said “I’m excited about this one” a number of times at this point, and here’s another. I loooooove barbacoa. I already know I’m going to be using one of those bottles on a chuck roast I’ve got in the freezer. That’s going in the slow-cooker and it’s going to be amazing. I just know that.
I do not have clairvoyance. Buuut, if I had to guess, I’m going to say that there’s some more of those jams I had been eyeing in this box.
As before, I’ll spare you the picture of these in foam-wrap. Now, I -just- said that I don’t have clairvoyance, but I think the people at Marie Sharp’s actually do. And that’s serious. While I only ordered the mixed fruit, the three other jams I had been looking at the most were mango, guava, and banana. Seriously. I have been known to just peel and eat a mango for dinner. Guava is a flavor I am very interested in giving a try. And banana. Everyone I’ve mentioned banana jam to, they’re like, “wait, what?” So, yeah, banana jam. I’ll definitely let you know how it goes.
One box to go.
Now, I can’t guarantee that everyone gets the same personalized service with their order. However, I mean… look at that. This shows a dedication to the customer. They didn’t have to do any of this. But they not only went above and beyond, they went above and beyond above and beyond. And this is true with the Marie Sharp’s US team, the Marie Sharp’s Canada team that I’ve talked with a couple times, and the folks back at Marie Sharp’s home base in Belize. This is a company that cares. They care about their product. They care about their customers. They care about their suppliers where they get their ingredients. They care about people that aren’t their customers, even. I want this company to succeed because they are rising everyone else up, so they deserve to be raised up in turn.
But… what’s in the box?
A sample box of Marie Sharp’s hot sauces. I can’t wait until I can readily visit people again, because those will be coming with me and being left at friend’s houses so they can give these sauces a try for themselves. Sure, -I- know that the sauces are great. And you may have read about how I think the sauces are great, but we all know that reading someone say, “I think this sauce is great” and tasting it for yourself are light-years apart from being the same thing.
So, that was what was in that giant box I got. I am entirely floored. I never would’ve thought it’d be such a full box of awesomeness. I don’t even really know where to start. I want to try everything.
Please, if not for yourselves, for me, go give Marie Sharp’s sauces a try. They taste amazing. And the people that work there are great people.
If you’re in the US, you can find the Marie Sharp’s US site here.
If you’re outside the US, you can find your Marie Sharp’s distributor here.