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New Guinness World Record’s hottest pepper, ‘Pepper X’, is three times spicier than Carolina Reaper

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The Guinness World Record for “hottest pepper” was awarded to Pepper

Pepper X is a specially crossed pepper created by Ed Currie, owner of Puckerbutt Pepper Company in South Carolina. His Carolina Reaper pepper previously held the world record for hottest pepper.

The Carolina Reaper averaged “only” 1,640,000 million SHU. Since the Scoville scale is logarithmic, this means that Pepper X is about three times spicier than the Carolina Reaper.

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Comparatively, a poblano pepper costs around 1,000 SHU, while a jalapeño pepper costs an average of 5,000 SHU.

A habanero pepper, one of the spiciest non-hybrid peppers, costs around 100,000 SHU.

Pepper X has a higher SHU rating than police-issued pepper spray and bear spray, the Associated Press notes.

Ed Currie holds certification that his new Pepper X pepper variety is the hottest pepper in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. He said eating one was quite painful. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Eating Pepper X is not a pleasant experience, Currie said.

“I felt the heat for three and a half hours. Then the cramps came,” Currie told the Associated Press.

“These cramps are horrible. I was lying flat on a marble wall for about an hour in the rain, groaning in pain.”

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Only five people, including Currie, have actually eaten Pepper X.

Pepper X made her official public debut during the October 16 episode of the YouTube series “Hot Ones.”

“Hot Ones” is an interview show that typically pits celebrities against a series of increasingly spicy hot wings.

One very small orange and green pepper

A Pepper X pepper. Grown by Ed Currie in Fort Mill, South Carolina, the pepper is three times hotter than the previous world record holder, which was also grown by Currie. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Host Sean Evans asks the celebrities increasingly personal questions as the spice levels increase.

Evans called Currie “the sick, twisted mind behind Pepper X.”

The creation of Pepper

In selecting Pepper

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Pepper

It is said to have an “earthy flavor” and a “citrus tone.”

The name was initially a placeholder that stuck.

Speaking on Hot Ones, Currie said he’s had Pepper

When no one did, he “decided to make it known to the world.”

a handful of small orange and green peppers

Ed Currie holds a handful of his Pepper (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Spicy peppers, Currie said, are serious business — and he’s had to stop people from trying to catch his creations.

“Literally, people have been trying to steal it for 10 years,” he told Evans. “We have to protect ourselves, because it’s our pepper.”

Currie was surprised by the Guinness World Record plaque for Pepper X during the episode of Hot Ones.

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“It took a team. It’s the culmination of a lot of work by a lot of people,” said a visibly emotional Currie.

Currie said he was told a pepper of Pepper X’s spice level “couldn’t be made”, and was called a liar throughout the process.

Employee of Carolina Reaper

An employee wearing a Carolina Reaper shirt looks at one of Ed Currie’s greenhouses Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The Carolina Reaper was the previous world record holder for spiciest pepper. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

“We proved to them that Pepper X is the hottest pepper in the world,” he said, calling his team’s work “validated” by the world record recognition.

Although Pepper

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He also hinted that an even spicier chili could be in the works.

“Is this the pinnacle?” Currie told the Associated Press of Pepper X. “No, it’s not the pinnacle.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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