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#1554622 Hot pepper fudge for sale

Posted by Sawyer on Today, 10:48 AM

Now accepting pre-orders, to ship beginning the week of Monday, May 28.


Last week I received approval from the State Health Department to start producing hot pepper fudge for commercial sales. This week I'm working with the manager of the commercial kitchen I use (which you can read about here) to transfer the process and start making saleable product.


Initially, at least, I'll be duplicating what I do now on a different stove, so the transfer should be relatively painless.  I've made 13 test batches, with #14 on tap for today.  I've had some significant failures (hot pepper model rocket fuel, anyone?), but have things pretty much dialed in for now. 


Flavors vary, with cherry vanilla, orange, and hazelnut coffee being my own favorites.  Sorry, no choice on flavors just yet.  (Unless you want to order a whole 5 pound batch, in which case, I'll make it whatever flavor you want.)


I call it "fudge" because it is based on traditional fudge recipes, but this recipe is uniquely my own.  It has a somewhat lighter texture and mouthfeel than traditional fudges.  It also has more nutritional value than regular fudge, but hey, it's candy; I wouldn't call it health food.


Pre-order pricing is $1/ounce, four ounce minimum, plus $5 shipping and handling.  Shipping will be by USPS First Class package.  Offer valid for shipping within the USA only.  Offer void where prohibited by law.  PM me if interested.

#1554573 Red Ghost Original Strain Plants for sale

Posted by Sawyer on Today, 09:53 AM

I got a bunch of the plants a week or so ago. He sent me 12 extras and 1 has died. The others are perfect looking and are getting bigger already. Oh yea, the fudge. Everyone at hot pepper night loved the fudge. People are asking about buying some. To anyone still thinking, great little plants, yet alone the superior genetics. Tom

Thanks for the feedback, Tom. Glad the plants are doing well and that the fudge was a hit.

I do still have plenty of plants available. My first (ultra dense) planting got the hell beat out of it by an unexpected downpour one day while I was away for the afternoon, and subsequently almost drowned. Pot ups I tried in that weakened state didn't do too well, but the rest are recovering now and appear to be more or less back to normal, if somewhat developmentally delayed.

I have two other plantings of the OS ghosts going, the latest of which are just starting their second set of true leaves. I plan to sow one last batch of 1,000 today, mostly for my own use, but will sell to any latecomers who want them. Even I'll admit this is too late for you more northerly folks, unless you plan to over-winter. But for anyone in more southerly zones, there's still time.

I also have stock beyond my own needs of many other varieties. I don't have a good list just yet, but if there's something you're looking for, just PM me. I'll try to get a list up here or in my glog soon. Depending on the variety, size of the plants and how many I have, I might ask $2/plants.

Orders for at least $10 get a free sample of the hot pepper fudge, while supplies last.

Just last week I received approval from the State Health Department to start producing the fudge for commercial sales. This week I'm working with the commercial kitchen manager to transfer the process. Will post an ad for pre-ordering soon. But while existing supplies last, get a sample here. Current supplies are made in accordance with State cottage industry rules and won't have the finalized label.

#1554562 2018 - The Farm

Posted by Sawyer on Today, 08:59 AM

Sucks about the poor germination rates. I had similar issues with a couple of varieties from the same vendor. Maybe too much demand and insufficient stock?

I like the idea of germinating weed seeds then killing the plants before they go to seed. And for cover crops, I'm a big fan of working with natives, chickweed, henbit, dead nettle... they all germinate in early spring thickly enough to suppress other weeds. Then by plant-out time, they are dying back and leave behind a natural mulch. Of course, that's not a good option if you're double-tasking your fields with a profitable winter crop like barley for the local micro-breweries.

Sounds like you're far enough down the new well road that these won't be of much use, or more likely you already know of them, but the IL state geological survey has some relevant resources:




#1553905 YAMracer754 work in progress GLOG

Posted by Sawyer on 18 May 2018 - 10:07 AM

Your plants look great.

A truck load of well-composted horse manure would be just about right for that bed. Maybe check your local Craigslist?

#1552537 Commercial Kitchen

Posted by Sawyer on 11 May 2018 - 12:41 PM

That's it, Alabama Jack's, thank you.

Freezing is certainly an option, but freezer space is at a real premium around here*. Plus you still have to process the peppers at time of use. It's a lot more convenient to just "add two 8 oz jars yellow scorpion pepper purée" or "add two tablespoons Moruga scorpion purée."

* Hopefully that will change when I get that hundred grand Kickstarter you've mentioned elsewhere.

#1552506 Commercial Kitchen

Posted by Sawyer on 11 May 2018 - 08:54 AM

I haven't updated this thread in a bit, so here's a little more.

I spoke with the facility manager last week and the rates for using the facility are much better than I remembered. Five bucks an hour and that includes the steam.

Making my own Pineapple Mango Scorpion sauce is best accomplished with two people and Food Science students are usually available for hire. The going rate is $10/hr, but I think $12.50/hr is a more reasonable wage. It's hot, unpleasant work. But I can make a batch of 144 8 oz. jars in 4 hours with someone helping me.

As soon as I run it past the State Health Department guy, I'll start commercial production of my latest product, hot pepper fudge. Those of you who have bought some of the ghost pepper plants in my forum ad have received a sample. Most seem to like it. I'm up to test batch #11 now and will make test batch #12 this morning.

Anyway, all that aside, here's something that might be more relevant to some of you. Given my situation, it's impractical to make commercial-scale product using only fresh peppers and only when fresh peppers are available. Instead, when the harvest comes in, I make purée. I use a simplified version of the process posted by... well, shoot, I forget the THP members' name, thought his process was pinned, but don't see it now.

Anyway, the only ingredients I use in the purée are peppers, white vinegar, and salt. Can leave out the salt and am considering other acidifiers. The point is to turn a fresh pepper harvest into a shelf-stable form asap for use in other products made at some future time.

Shipping costs would likely be prohibitive for small harvests, but I can do this for other growers. Once processed into shelf-stable purée, you can make your value-added products at your leisure.

Another option is that, as a group, we pool our harvests, purée the lot, then distribute the purée proportionally back to the growers, or a share of proceeds from products made there from.

Just tossing some ideas out there.

#1552109 YAMracer754 work in progress GLOG

Posted by Sawyer on 09 May 2018 - 08:28 AM

Looking very good.

#1552108 Red Ghost Original Strain Plants for sale

Posted by Sawyer on 09 May 2018 - 08:20 AM

The fudge on it's own is worth the money!  Thanks again!!  All plant arrived safely and fast too!!

Hah! Glad you like it. And glad to hear the plants arrived okay.

#1551700 2018 - The Farm

Posted by Sawyer on 07 May 2018 - 04:20 PM

...for moving people in and produce out.  

You making Soylent Green up there?

#1550969 Floricole 2018

Posted by Sawyer on 05 May 2018 - 02:11 AM

Good looking plants. I just read up on the Habanada. Sounds like a tasty sweet.

#1550787 Sawyer '18 – Back from the Void

Posted by Sawyer on 04 May 2018 - 10:53 AM

Morels are common further north of my location.

Chanterells are the big deal Sept Oct along with hedgehog oyster lobster king boletes and a few other prized fungi.

Good find on the morels. My favorite is panfried in butter after a dusting in flour or deepfried after a light batter and then rolled in Panko.

What do morels sell for up there? Around here they can retail for as high as $40/lb. I've sold some to a chef/friend of mine for $20.

Scored on some mix at the local Walmart. Got two for $9 each:


#1550704 Red Ghost Original Strain Plants for sale

Posted by Sawyer on 03 May 2018 - 07:20 PM

Well I got my box today as promised, thanks again Sawyer !
Now to find out these abbreviations lol and eat my fudge !!!fd564e9695fcf915aae8a9e9d3460904.jpg

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Awesome. Looks like they made it in pretty good shape. Abbreviations:

PL → PepperLover
MS → Moruga Scorpion
7P → 7Pod
PD → Papa Dreadie
SB → Scotch Bonnet
BJ → Bhut Jolokia
PDN → Pimenta de Neyde
BMJ → Bonda Ma Jacques

#1549647 2018 - The Farm

Posted by Sawyer on 29 April 2018 - 01:12 PM

Hoping like hell we don't catch any herbicide drift...

Big shop fans blowing over the hardening off area?

...or a snap surprise frost,

And I've been sweating dragging out a dozen or so 1020 nursery flats.

...it'll be "shovels, gloves, masks, and kiddie pools..."

Sounds kinky...

...while plant out goes. That'll all be manual (slit the sheeting, dig a hole, drop in a plant, cover, move on.)

Sounds a lot like a south Arkansas tomato grow.

It all depends on getting workers to show up at this point. If I fail to get people to show up, I'm in big trouble. 

Ain't it the truth?

#1549611 Sawyer '18 – Back from the Void

Posted by Sawyer on 29 April 2018 - 11:13 AM

Here's to spring John!
If things go as usual, summer temps here are 2-3 weeks away. Sunshades are ready to roll ;)

I'll drink to that, Scott! I'm always a little bemused by the differences in our climates. You're talking about sunshades and I'm still worried about a late frost.

Nice plants Sawyer, perfect size to harden off in time for plant out.
Looking good :cheers:

Thanks, Dan. I've got a lot to do over the next several days or there won't be anywhere to plant them out to...

Went scouting out native plants yesterday. Found a place with thousands upon thousands of jack-in-the-pulpit seedlings. Interestingly, the older plants were just starting to come up.

Also found a full pound of morels. A couple are almost as big as my fist. Pics to follow.

#1549589 2018 - The Farm

Posted by Sawyer on 29 April 2018 - 09:36 AM

Wow, Trent, you're living the dream (with shades of nightmare at times, I'm sure.)

I'm not sure how I missed this glog until today. Read the first page then skipped to the last couple. Will try to fill in the rest.

Congratulations on taking the plunge. And good luck.