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.
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.
Host Sean Evans asks the celebrities increasingly personal questions as the spice levels increase.
Evans called Currie “the sick, twisted mind behind Pepper X.”
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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.”
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.
“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.
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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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