Today we are reviewing Heartbreaking Dawns 1542 Chocolate Habanero Hot Sauce. Heartbreaking Dawns is a Hudson Valley, NY all-natural maker of hot sauces and spice blends. The company is owned and operated by husband and wife team Chef Johnny and Nicole McLaughlin. What started out in the summer of 2008 as taking some sauces to a local festival has since become one of the fastest growing and hottest “hot sauce” companies in the market.
Johnny McLaughlin is a trained chef and his background is always apparent in each sauce this company produces with a focus on both flavor and heat.
This Hot Sauce gets its name from a little South American history. In 1542 Francisco de Orellana, in search of gold and cinnamon, arrived at the mouth of the Amazon River. 1542 hot sauce features the Chocolate Habanero, also known as the Congo Pepper.
On first glance, the label certainly sticks out. Colorful, artistic and consistent with Johnny’s artistic background. The ingredients include Chocolate Habanero Peppers, Cider Vinegar, Carrot
Concentrate, Water, Onion, Brown Sugar, Garlic, Sea Salt, Cumin, Natural
When you first open this sauce you will notice the almost dark caramel color. Upon opening the bottle you will detect an initial aroma is cumin and garlic and notice the consistency is medium with some “chunkiness”.
The first impression from tasting is a mild sweetness from the brown sugar and carrots, then the cumin and garlic immediately follow. Next, is some mild vinegar and then the chocolate habanero. Heat level is about 5 out of 10.
In our detailed video review below we will talk about sauce thickness, color, heat level and what foods to pair with this hot sauce.