Horton’s Jangles, Recipe to Riches

06 Nov
November 6, 2013

We have come to the second last episode of Recipe to Riches Australia for this year.  Last night was the last recipe to make it through with a chance of winning $100,000 and a business partnership with Wollworths.  Next week will be the final.  Who do you think will win?

Tonight I am actually putting all the recipes through their paces with a group of friends.  A group of foodie types, and a few bloggers in the mix as well.  We will taste, critique and come up with the recipe we think should be the ultimate winner.  Decision will be made on the product alone.  We won’t be taking in to account the sales, as Recipe to Riches will be doing.  I don’t have those figures in any case.

I will announce who we think should win Recipe to Riches Australia 2013 on Belly Rumbles next Monday 11th November, before the final airs on Tuesday 12th.  You will be able to then see how right we got it or how very very wrong.

Episode 11 was all about party food.  Again I am a little lost on some of the choices that made it through with a golden ticket to batch up.  Two of the golden ticket recipients, ultimately the two that didn’t end up winning, I didn’t automatically relate their recipe as party food.

Alan’s famous goat sausages, sausages don’t scream party to me.  They do sound like an interesting sausage, which screams BBQ.  I just don’t see myself at a party picking up a big sausage to munch on while I sip my sparkling white.

Vinny’s Hot sauce for wings, they use it on everything.  So yes, can see the product as a party food contender.  It just isn’t a stand-alone party contender, it needs something to be ‘saucy’ with.  My only issue with this product is that we have already had a hot sauce and rib sauce make it through to the finals.

The winner, as you know, was Horton’s Jangles.  There was a lot of deliberation on what to call Ramsey’s spicy balls, personally I would of left it at that.  Jangles?  Sort of reminds me of shoes a New Zealander would wear.

Packet Information

Chicken & Pork Meatballs
Ingredients:  Chicken (37%), pork (37%), oyster sauce (water, sugar, salt, oyster extract, thickener 1422 from maize), yeast extract, colour 150a, food acid (citric acid), hydrolyzed vegetable protein, vegetable gum 415, preservative 211, water chestnuts, rice flour, fish sauce powder (fermented fish, dextrin), sugar, herbs, spices, dehydrated vegetables, salt, antioxidant 316, preservative 223, desiccated coconut (preservative 220), spice extract, flavouring, food acid 262.
Allergen advice:  Crustacea, fish and sulphites.  May contain gluten.
General:  The pack contains 15 balls and each ball is considered as one serving, 20g.  One serving is 173kJ/41Cal.  One serve has around 3% of your recommended daily intake (RDI) of total fat, 3% RDI saturated fat, 7% RDI protein, <1% RDI carbohydrates, <1% RDI sugar and 4% RDI sodium.

Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce
Ingredients:  Sugar, maltose (wheat), chilli (18%), vinegar, garlic, salt, thickener 1442 from maize, spice, yeast extract.
Allergen advice:  Gluten, sulphites.
General:  The pack contains 15 serves, to go with your balls and each ball, 6.6g.  One serving is 63kJ/15Cal.  One serve has around <1% of your recommended daily intake (RDI) of total fat, <1% RDI saturated fat, <1% RDI protein, 1% RDI carbohydrates, 3% RDI sugar and 5% RDI sodium.
The product is made in Australia
Price:  $6.99

Hortons Jangles, Recipe to RIchesOn first inspection they look fine and cook up well.  Packet says 10-12 minutes, mine were in the oven for 15.  There aren’t any instructions on what to do with the sauce.  I assume that you just defrost it from past experience.  They are a pre-cooked product.

Hortons Jangles, Recipe to RIchesAs to be expected they don’t look like the first lot of Ramsay’s spicy balls.  His were fairer in colour where as the Jangles are a lot darker.  They do look a little more like the ones made during batch up.  Ramsay describes the balls as a mix of chicken and pork mince, with chilli jam, lemongrass and water chestnuts.

The packet states, ‘Exotic, spicy balls.  The deliciously unique fusion of chicken, pork and Asian spices’.

Hortons Jangles, Recipe to RIchesThey don’t have the Asian flavor punch I was expecting. You get a hint of aromatic, but nothing really stands out.  You can’t see any spices, or ingredients as such.  The ball is a unified brown colour and fine texture.  I do get the occasional teasing crunch of water chestnut, but nowhere near as much as I would of liked.  The tiny little piece I do taste only leaves me wanting more water chestnut.

Saying that they are quite tasty.  The only element that makes them Asian is the sweet chilli dipping sauce.  It is a standard sauce and quite fine.  I actually prefer them without the sauce,  it over powers the taste of the balls slightly.

Hortons Jangles, Recipe to RIchesAs a put in the oven, heat it up and serve product, they aren’t too bad.  I would buy them again, stash them in the freezer and quite happily whip them out for unexpected guests or for TV munchies while watching some sport or a movie.

They just don’t taste Asian to me.  I suppose you could look at this as a positive, it makes them more versatile?  Could be served with other sauces like a spicy Mexican.

Congratulations Ramsay for being this weeks’ winner and I wish you all the best with the rest of the competition.  I think you are in with a chance.

Do tell dear Belly Rumbles’ reader, what did you think of the three recipes last night, who do you think should of won?

Sara xxx

Belly Rumbles is in no way connected to Recipe to Riches, Woolworths or any of the contestants.

Episode 1:  Concetta’s Croqs

Episode 2:  Sara Jade’s Chilli Con Carne

Episode 3:  Hickory Hollow Smoked Sauce

Episode 4:  Manju’s Authentic Vegetable Samosas

Episode 5:  Sweet Billie’s Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Episode 6:  Chocorn

Episode 7:  Golden Greek Pizza Base Kit

Episode 8:  Rosie’s Kitchen Almond & Meringue Biscuits

Episode 9:  Rude Boy Rib Sauce

Episode 10:  Butcher’s Secret Hearty Stew



5 replies
  1. Louie says:

    I didn’t get a chance to watch last night’s episode but would have also found it strange they included a sausage in this category.
    Have fun comparing all of the recipes again with your friends, it will be interesting to see who wins next week.
    Louie recently posted..November Garden Share

  2. Blue says:

    Second favourite to concetta’s croqs, since I doubt that will win because of sales I’m going to buy a bunch of these!!

  3. Helen (Grab Your Fork) says:

    Jangles is a really weird product name imho! And isn’t it outdated to romanticise anything Asian as “exotic”? Le. Sigh.
    Helen (Grab Your Fork) recently posted..Ester, Chippendale

  4. Tina @ bitemeshowme says:

    i too was suprised with the sausages and hot wing sauce (should that not have gone through on the sauces ep?). jangles? yes, the nz term for sandals/thongs/flip flops.

    Looking forward to your prediction as to who will win. what a great idea sampling ALL the winners and their items. so hard to choose as they are all different categories
    Tina @ bitemeshowme recently posted..Hux Bistro, Canley Vale

  5. Annie @ The Random Foodie says:

    really jangles? wonder why and how they come up with that? (havent watched the episode yet :p).
    despite the name, i reckon this is something i would like to try sometime this week
    Annie @ The Random Foodie recently posted..Let’s Do Lunch: Fix St James, Sydney CBD


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