In 1980, in Belize, Central America, Marie Sharp came up with some recipes for sauces, jams, and jellies while experimenting with fresh Habanero peppers, vegetables, and fruits from her husband's family farm, Melinda Estates Limited. She was overwhelmed with positive feedback and encouragement when neighbors and friends tasted them. That was when she decided to turn it into a family business. The original product line was under the name Melinda's. In 1991, after her U.S. distributor trademarked the name and moved Melinda's Original Habanero Hot Sauce production to Costa Rica, Marie Sharp relaunched the sauces under her own name.
Initially, Marie Sharp started production in a small kitchen with help from relatives and one employee. With a determined business frame of mind, it has grown to over 20 employees in their state-of-the-art factory in Dangriga, Belize, manufacturing for local and international markets.
Marie Sharp's family-owned business takes great pride and honor in producing products with the highest quality, living up to their slogan, "Proud Products of Belize."
Marie Sharp's Beware - Hot-Sauce-of-the-Month / July 2012
Marie Sharp's Beware Comatose Heat Level has all the classic Belizean style habanero flavour with added punch. The flavour base comes from a combination of carrot, onion, garlic, and key lime. Habaneros ripened in the warm sunshine of Central America contribute both flavour and heat. Capsaicin bumps the heat up a notch or two. This is a great sauce for anyone who likes Marie Sharp's Fiery Hot, but wants more kick.
Our regular inventory includes Hot, Fiery Hot, Belizean Heat, No Wimps, Beware, Orange, Grapefruit, and Green Habanero with prickly pear cactus.
Marie Sharp's Fiery Hot Habanero Sauce
A base of red habanero, carrot, onion, and garlic are rounded out with lime juice and vinegar. Vegetables make a flavourful base to carry the hot habaneros and is typical of Central American style hot sauces. It is a great table sauce to use on any dish and can also be used to make classic Buffalo wing sauce when blended with melted butter. Fiery Hot is one of the most popular sauces in the line-up. it's around the halfway point in the Marie Sharp's heat scale.
Check out this great blog post: 20 Questions with Marie Sharp