New pepper looks to claim spicy record as hottest ever

If you’re a fan of spicy food, you may think you’ve eaten some pretty hot things. Restaurants compete¬†to create the world’s spiciest dishes. And, there’s eating contests that can be downright dangerous. Lots of people seem to have an endless appetite for consuming things to burn off your taste buds.

Now famed pepper breeder (yes, there’s such a thing) Smokin’ Ed Currie claims he has developed the hottest one yet. It’s called Pepper X, and it has 3.18 million Scoville heat units. A Scoville unit measures the spiciness of hot foods. That score leaves the Pepper X poised to surpass the Dragon’s Breath, the one that snagged the title of world’s spiciest earlier this year.

This is not the first time Currie created a record-shattering vegetable. The mad scientist previously developed the Carolina Reaper, which was certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s hottest pepper in 2013. The Carolina Reaper has a mere 1,569,300 Scoville heat units, making the the latest innovation even more insanely spicy by comparison.

carolina reaper pepper photo
Flickr | Richard Elzey

Spicy pepper title still up for grabs?

Now the claim for the throne of world’s spiciest pepper is up for debate. Fellow breeder Mike Smith says his Dragon Breath’s now stands at 2.48 million Scoville units. While we might not get an official winner for some time, it’s clear that enthusiasts will continue to come up with increasingly spicier inventions in an effort to best one another for the coveted title.

For those who think their taste buds can handle the heat, the Pepper X is already available in hot sauce form. It’s called The Last Dab and the result of a collaboration between Currie, The Heatonist hot sauce shop in New York and the video web series “The Hot Ones.” Unfortunately, the product sold out quicker than you can say “scorched tongue,” but check out this video of some brave souls trying out the sauce:

So what do you think? Would you try the Pepper X?