We love using hot sauce to add a kick to many foods. Chili flavored sauces have been around for thousands of years, and Mental Floss‘ Food History explains where these spicy condiments likely originated as well as some of their varieties. Along the way, you’ll learn why peppers are spicy in the first place.
“I get to hurt people from all over the world… every single day.” WIRED’s Obsessed sat down with PuckerButt Pepper Company founder Ed Currie to find out just what sort of demented mind came up with the spiciest pepper known to humanity. But he’s not done, and is continually cross-breeding hotter and hotter peppers.
These candies start out with the texture and tartness of Nerds, but then smack you upside the head with the spice of one of the most intense peppers out there, the Carolina Reaper. Imagine eating little bits of hot lava, and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect.
While Hot Ones host Sean Evans wasn’t able to persuade Stephen to leave the Ed Sullivan Theater, he did manage to get him to participate in an abbreviated version of his interview show, and put the normally stoic Colbert on the ropes with Da Bomb and Blair’s Mega Death Sauce.
(PG-13 language) “Remember to chew it really well, or it will hurt in your stomach.” Sean Evans and Chili Klaus take on the spiciest pepper in the world, the Carolina Reaper in this clip from the series Hot Ones. Suffice it to say, you don’t ever want to eat one. Skip to 7:45.