El Paso Challenged: Can You Handle the NEW World’s Hottest Pepper?
In a spicy turn of events, according to TastingTable, the Carolina Reaper has been unseated after a decade as the world's hottest pepper; can El Paso handle it?
The new heavyweight champion, Pepper X, hails from the same creator, Ed Currie of PuckerButt Pepper Company.
With an astonishing 2.69 million on the Scoville scale, it overshadows its predecessor's 1.64 million rating.
But Pepper X is more than a fiery menace; it apparently brings an unexpected earthy flavor to the brave souls who dare to try it.
Its power is so formidable that even Currie was overwhelmed by its intensity during his first encounter.
Notably, this super-hot pepper stars in "The Last Dab" hot sauce, familiar to fans of the YouTube sensation "Hot Ones."
El Paso's Heat Tolerance
This development poses an intriguing question to the spice-loving community of El Paso, Texas: are the city's residents ready to embrace the fiery challenge thrown by Pepper X?
Given El Paso's food culture and a well-documented penchant for spice, the introduction of Pepper X could be a culinary Mount Everest.
Will they accept the challenge with enthusiasm or cautious respect?
The advent of Pepper X wasn't without competition.
The Dragon's Breath pepper, with a heat nearing 2.4 million Scovilles, had threatened to steal the spotlight until Currie's latest creation took the stage.
Learning from his Carolina Reaper journey, Currie intends to keep a closer watch over Pepper X, safeguarding the fruit of multiple generations of meticulous cross-breeding.
And Currie's ambitions don't stop here. He teases the potential of future peppers so hot they could scale up to 6 million Scovilles.
For El Paso's heat-seekers and challenge-accepters, you can buy some here, but let this be a warning: stock up on milk.
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