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(11,601 posts)
Tue Oct 17, 2023, 11:42 PM Oct 2023

Pepper Expert Scorches His Own Guinness Book Heat Record

Ed Currie, the South Carolina hot pepper expert who crossbred and grew the Carolina Reaper that’s hotter than most pepper sprays police use to subdue unruly criminals, has broken his own world record with a pepper that’s three times hotter.

Pepper X was publicly named the hottest pepper in the world on Oct. 9 by the Guinness Book of World Records, beating out the Reaper in Currie’s decade long hunt to perfect a pepper that he says provides “immediate, brutal heat.”

Heat in peppers is measured in Scoville Heat Units. Zero is bland, and a regular jalapeno pepper registers about 5,000 units. A habanero, the record-holder about 25 years ago, typically tops 100,000. The Guinness Book of World Records lists the Carolina Reaper at 1.64 million units.

Pepper X’s record is an average of 2.69 million units. By comparison, pepper spray commonly holstered by police is around 1.6 million units. Bear spray advertises at 2.2 million units.

Pepper X has been in the works since Currie last set the hottest pepper record in 2013 with the Carolina Reaper, a bright red knobby fruit with what aficionados call a scorpion tail. The goal was to offer an extremely hot pepper flavored with sweetness.

Pepper X is greenish-yellow, doesn’t have the same shelf appeal and carries an earthy flavor once its heat is delivered. It’s a crossbreed of a Carolina Reaper and what Currie mysteriously classifies as a “pepper that a friend of mine sent me from Michigan that was brutally hot.”


(and for the 'record' - terrible pun - I think anyone that is within 20 yards of this kind of insane heat - is utterly and completely out of their tree!)
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Pepper Expert Scorches His Own Guinness Book Heat Record (Original Post) stopdiggin Oct 2023 OP
I bought this about 3 years ago. Eko Oct 2023 #1
That is 22,800 Scovilles, Pepper X is 11,800 per cent hotter (118 times hotter) Celerity Oct 2023 #2
Actually mines the Beyond Insanity. Eko Oct 2023 #3
I watch "Hot Ones" on the telly and this is on there with every guest. All say it is very hot and mitch96 Oct 2023 #6
Yeah, that is where I got the idea to order it. Eko Oct 2023 #10
do you toothpick it? onethatcares Oct 2023 #4
I grow Carolina Reapers in our garden (nt) stuck in the middle Oct 2023 #5
For what? WhiskeyGrinder Oct 2023 #7
I don't quite understand the point...unless it's to make a more effective pepper spray. Chakaconcarne Oct 2023 #8
well, I'm definitely in your corner there stopdiggin Oct 2023 #9


(7,586 posts)
1. I bought this about 3 years ago.
Wed Oct 18, 2023, 12:10 AM
Oct 2023

And once a year I try it. It is so hot. Couldn't imagine anything hotter.


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2. That is 22,800 Scovilles, Pepper X is 11,800 per cent hotter (118 times hotter)
Wed Oct 18, 2023, 12:59 AM
Oct 2023

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(7,586 posts)
3. Actually mines the Beyond Insanity.
Wed Oct 18, 2023, 01:40 AM
Oct 2023

And I'd say its as hot as I dare to go. It's kind of a once a year reckoning for me when I'm feeling daring.
Thanks Celerity!


(14,012 posts)
6. I watch "Hot Ones" on the telly and this is on there with every guest. All say it is very hot and
Wed Oct 18, 2023, 09:46 AM
Oct 2023

taste bad. No flavor, just hot.


(7,586 posts)
10. Yeah, that is where I got the idea to order it.
Wed Oct 18, 2023, 08:50 PM
Oct 2023

Wanted to see how bad it was and its pretty bad for a few min. Feel like I could go hotter but I'm not sure by how much. Like I said I try it about once a year just as a challenge to me. Not my favorite hot sauce by far but it is quite an experience.


(16,305 posts)
4. do you toothpick it?
Wed Oct 18, 2023, 08:26 AM
Oct 2023

that is, barely put the tip of a toothpick in the sauce then touch your tongue with it? I can't imagine a full drop on bread.


(11,601 posts)
9. well, I'm definitely in your corner there
Wed Oct 18, 2023, 11:04 AM
Oct 2023

but clearly there is a 'crazy corner' out there that really does eat and cook with ...

And they have their own lexicon of 'qualities' - burn, after taste, fruitiness, etc. etc. (how can you tell when your taste buds have been cauterized .. ?)

I myself cook with (garden variety) pepper on a consistent basis. But, my aim is for a 'spice' level. And I would never go near a Reaper (or Ghost). And truthfully - I even consider habanero - as going for a 'different kind of experience'. One I don't understand.

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