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Meet The Man Who Created Pepper X, The World’s Hottest Pepper

Remember back when the ghost pepper had everyone freaking out like it was hell in food form?

That was cute.

Today, there’s a new reigning terror in town and it goes by the name of Pepper X. It surpasses the Carolina Reaper (an average of 1.9 million Scovilles) and the Dragon’s Breath (2.4 million Scovilles) as the world’s hottest pepper clocking in at 3.18 million Scovilles. If that wasn’t terrifying enough, Hot Ones, known for their hot sauce challenges, has created a muthereffing sauce out of these peppers.

It’s called The Last Dab, and it just may be, if you decide to consume this stuff.

Ed Currie, founder of PuckerButt Pepper Company, says Pepper X is three times hotter than any of the other peppers that are available commercially.

It’s twice as hot as the Reaper, so this is a dangerous pepper. We’ve been breeding it out since…it’s been about 10 years now. When we started the cross (breeding), there were two peppers that I really loved the flavor of, but neither of them were going to be hot enough for my taste—I’m an idiot. It’s just gotten hotter and hotter and we’re averaging now about 3.18 million (Scoville units) on this one.

As the only sauce in the world containing Pepper X, The Last Dab is hard to keep in stock because the pepper is in short supply.

You can see the entire interview with Currie below. By the way, Pepper X is a placeholder for the eventual permanent name. Rosemary’s Baby has a nice ring to it.


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