Blueberry + Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce

Our Blueberry + Scotch Bonnet was developed during Quebec’s blueberry season in 2019 because we just did not know what to do with so many delicious local blueberries! With some scotch bonnets on hand and a little research, we decided to develop this Caribbean inspired hot sauce.

Though blueberries are not Caribbean, this hot sauce is a traditional caribbean recipe made from Trinidad Moruga Scorpions (one of the hottest peppers in the world) and local fruits. We’ve adapted it to use all those Quebec blueberries and slightly more palpable by swapping the Trinidad Moruga Scorpions for Scotch Bonnet. This hot sauce has quite a bite, with a lovely sweet and fruity roundness.

Our Blueberry + Scotch Bonnet hot sauce illustration was inspired by notorious serial killer Nannie Doss.

Nannie Doss was born in 1905 in Alabama. She was one of five children, all of whom avoided their father, whose wrath “ruled the family with an iron fist”. James, their father, would pull his children out of school for them to tend to the farm. This resulted in Nannie’s poor academic performance, and dropping out of school after completing grade six. Nannie suffered severe headaches, blackouts, and depression after a train accident at the age of 7, where she hit her head on a metal bar as the train came to a sudden stop. She blamed her future mental instability on the accident as well.

James was convinced that his daughters would be molested if they were attractive, so he forbade his daughters from wearing makeup and nice clothing or attending any social events and dances. On her prom night, Nannie was working in a linen factory. To escape her father’s controlling environment, Nannie’s favourite hobby was to read her mother’s romance magazines, especially the “lonely hearts” column, and dream of her own future romances. It was not until Doss got her first job in 1921 that she had any social interaction with the opposite sex.
At the age of 16, Nannie married a co-worker from the linen factory, Charley Braggs, only months after they started dating. Braggs took care of his unwed mother, who insisted on continuing to live with him after their marriage.
If she had hoped that marrying Braggs would be an escape of the oppressive environment she grew up in, she was sorely misled. Not only did Braggs turn out to be an abusive, drunk and adulterous husband, but her mother-in-law turned out to be extremely controlling and manipulative. Nonetheless, they had four children together which she raised nearly on her own.

Doss’ life became an unbearable prison of raising children, taking care of her mother-in-law, and putting up with her husband. To cope, she began drinking, smoking, and having her own adulterous adventures.
In 1927, the couple lost their two middle girls to suspected food poisoning. Braggs, however, remembered the girls being perfectly healthy when he left for work, and found them dead on the kitchen floor when returning that evening. Suspecting his wife, Braggs took firstborn daughter Melvina and fled, leaving newborn Florine behind. Braggs’ mother died not much later and Nannie took a job in a cotton mill to support Florine and herself. Braggs brought Melvina back in 1928, and soon after divorced Nannie. Charley Braggs became the only husband that Nannie didn’t poison to death – “the one that got away”.
Alone again, Doss returned to her childhood passions of reading romance magazines, but this time she began corresponding with some of the men who advertised in the lonely hearts column. That’s where she met her second husband, Robert Harrelson. They met and married in 1929. After a few months, she discovered that he was an alcoholic and had a criminal record for assault. Despite this, the marriage lasted 16 years.

After an evening of particularly heavy drinking to celebrate Japan surrendering to the Allied powers in 1945, he raped Nannie. The next day, she poured rat poison into his corn whiskey jar, then watched as he died a painful death.

Figuring it had worked once, Doss returned to the classified ads for her next husband. Three days later, she married Arlie Lanning. Like Harrelson, Lanning was an alcoholic and a womanizer. However, in this marriage it was Nannie who often disappeared—and for months on end. But when she was home, she played the doting housewife, and when he died of what was said to be heart failure, the townspeople supported her at his funeral. At the time it was believed that he died of a heart attack brought on by the flu. He showed all the symptoms: fever, vomiting, stomach pains. With his history of drinking, doctors believed his body simply succumbed to it and an autopsy wasn’t performed.

Shortly after, the couple’s house burned down and Nannie collected the insurance money, and moved in with her sister Dovie. Dovie was bed ridden, and died shortly after Nannie’s arrival.
Looking for yet another husband, Nannie joined a dating service called the Diamond Circle Club and soon met and married Richard L. Morton in 1952. He didn’t have a drinking problem, but he was adulterous. Upon learning her new husband was seeing his old girlfriend on the side, she planned his death. Before she poisoned Morton, she poisoned her mother, Louisa, when she came to visit. Within days her mother was dead after complaining of severe stomach cramps. Morton succumbed to the same fate three months later.

Nannie married Samuel Doss in 1953. Doss was a strict minister who had lost his family to a tornado in Arkansas. Doss was a good, decent man, unlike the other men in Nannie’s life. He was not a drunk, a womanizer, or a wife abuser. He was a church-going man who fell head over heels for Nannie.

Unfortunately for him, Doss had two major flaws: He was painfully frugal and boring. He led a regimented life and expected the same of his new bride. None of the romance novels, love stories, or television programs that Nannie adored were permitted, and bedtime was at sundown every night. He had begun to annoy her shortly after their marriage. Nannie left him and returned only when he agreed to sign her into his checking account. She then became a loving wife and convinced him to take out two life insurance policies, with her as the only beneficiary.

In September, Samuel was admitted to the hospital with flu-like symptoms. The hospital diagnosed a severe digestive tract infection. He was treated and released back home. Nannie killed him that evening with a home-cooked meal, then rushed to collect the two life insurance policies she had taken out on him. This sudden death alerted his doctor, who ordered an autopsy. The autopsy revealed a huge amount of arsenic in his system. Nannie was promptly arrested.

Doss confessed to killing four of her husbands, her mother, her sister, her grandson*, and her mother-in-law, and was sentenced to life in prison. Nanny insisted that money played no significant role in her crimes. Despite various insurance payments, her murders were actually motivated by marital boredom and a dream of discovering the ideal husband, as described in her favorite romance magazines. “That’s about it,” Nanny told her interrogators. “I was searching for the perfect mate, the real romance of life.”


*Melvina gave birth to Robert Lee Haynes in 1943. Another baby followed two years later, but died soon afterward. Exhausted from labor and groggy from ether (an anesthetic used in childbirth), Melvina thought she saw her visiting mother stick a hatpin into the baby’s head. When she asked her husband and sister for clarification, they said Nannie had told them the baby was dead. However, they noticed that she was holding a pin. The doctors, however, couldn’t give a firm explanation.

The grieving parents drifted apart and Melvina started dating a soldier. Nannie disapproved of him, and while Melvina was visiting her father after a particularly nasty fight with her mother, her son Robert died mysteriously under Nannie’s care. The death was diagnosed as asphyxia from unknown causes, and two months later Nannie collected the $500 life insurance she had taken out on Robert.

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