Just before the holidays I was shopping for bloody mary items and came across two items in the condiment aisle of Cub: hot pickled Brussels sprouts and Santa Barbara Olive Co. Habanero Stuffed Olives. While the hot pickled Brussels sprouts were a big disappointment, both in flavor and heat, the hand-stuffed habanero olives were a big winner.
Packaged in 5oz jars and jam packed with big olives, I figured these would be mildly warm but I quite was pleased to find a spicy brine and some seriously hot habanero pieces, with seeds at times, stuffed into each of the olives in the jar. With only around 15 or 16 olives to a jar, the biggest downside to these are the price. While I’ve found them as low as $4.50 and as high as $7.50 at the various local Cubs, this is a bit steep and I’m seriously considering doing my own version at home.
If you’re going looking yourself for these, they’re usually buried behind Santa Barbara’s other offerings which I haven’t tried and require some digging to locate. While this may due to lack of popularity due to the high heat of the habaneros it may also be simply due to chiliheads finding them and buying up as many as they can afford ;)
While one is tolerable to eat, once you eat a second the spicy brine and habanero pepper itself leaves you with a long lasting and salty burn that led me to note on an Instagram photo after finishing the first jar I bought in a day that these were definitely “The Real Deal”. If you’re into stuffed olives and spice these should definitely be on your shopping list for your next trip to the store. These definitely take a spicy bloody mary (Devil’s Spit mix, homemade dried ghost pepper flakes, Frank’s, horseradish, habanero olives, etc) to the next level and will certainly get your day off right! :)
What do you normally add to your bloody marys? Do you eat olives as a snack like I do? What kind of olives do you like best (automatic permanent ban to anyone who admits to eating black olives out of a can) and what do you like them to be stuffed with? Have you ever stuffed your own olives? Would you recommend that to someone else? Whatever you have to say about Santa Barbara Olive Co’s Hand-stuffed Habanero Olives go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.