We Bet You Can’t Handle the World’s Hottest Pepper
No matter how used to spicy food you are, you probably would start sobbing if you ate this pepper.
If your idea of spicy is chewing on a fresh stick of Big Red, it’s probably best to stop reading right here. The sheer hotness of the soon-to-be-mentioned pepper might just require a mental cleanse with 2 percent milk. This pepper is Pepper X, and the magnitude of its heat makes it less of a vegetable, and more of a violation of the Geneva Convention.
As reported by Men’s Health, this pepper just recently dethroned the Carolina Reaper as the single hottest pepper in the world. This is not due to it being discovered in some remote part of the world—no, it’s by design. Smokin’ Eddie Currie is the creator of the pepper, and he knows exactly what he’s doing. (Did you know that hot peppers can help you live longer?)
“I’ve got the greatest job in the world. People come to me, they ask me to hurt them, I do it and I get to laugh at them,” Currie says, via Hot Ones. “What else could there be better in life?”
Currie is the owner of PuckerButt Pepper Co. and also the inventor of the aforementioned former world’s hottest pepper, the Carolina Reaper. The pepper makes its debut in Curries newest sauce, The Last Dab, a demonic magma-like concoction composed of 7 percent vinegar and 93 percent Pepper X, with additional turmeric, coriander, cumin, mustard, and ginger for seasoning.
But how does one manage to measure the hotness of something? It’s not in hogsheads or kilojoules, that’s for sure. It’s measured in Scovilles, the unit of measurement used to quantify the presence of a spice-inducing chemical called capsaicin. (If you want to go the healthy route, opt for cayenne pepper.)
The habanero is one of the more readily accessible hot peppers and packs a hefty heat punch, clocking in at 100,000 to 350,000 Scovilles, on average. Pepper X clocks in at 3.18 million Scovilles. That’s one spicy death ball.
It’s probably a good idea to stick with chili peppers for now. (Your waistline will thank you—chili peppers are known fat-burners.)