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Sonic’s Newest Slush Is Made With Carolina Reapers, One Of The World’s Spiciest Chilies

Sonic has been getting experimental with their Slushes lately. Last year, they came out with a Pickle Juice version that polarized the internet for its sweet yet savory flavor. They’re going down the savory route again with their newest slush, but with an immense explosion of heat as well.

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As part of their new Mocktail Slush series, Sonic has unveiled a Reaper Margarita Slush that’s made with Carolina Reapers, one of the hottest chilies in the world. With a potency of over 2 million Scoville heat units, these peppers are at least 250 times hotter than a jalapeno.

While the Slush’s sugary content definitely takes down the heat a bit, Foodbeast has been told that this chili-infused drink still packs a ton of heat. It takes a few seconds for it to kick in, but the slow burn is one that comes on fierce.

Sonic is encouraging people to do a “#ReaperChallenge” on social media as well, meaning that they know just how much spice is coming in this icy drink. Having eaten foods made with Carolina Reapers before, I’m already dreading just how much this one is gonna hurt when I take that first sip.

UPDATE: Having tried this new Slush out, it is without question the hottest thing a fast food chain has ever released. While the drink isn’t as spicy as a Carolina Reaper, it packs a lot of punch, with more fire to it than some ghost pepper hot sauces out there. It does take more than a few sips to get the full effect of the heat, but it’ll leave your throat, tongue, and lips burning for 20 minutes or so after eating. It’s gonna definitely be a challenge for many to even just finish the frozen drink.

The Reaper Margarita Slush will be around at Sonic Drive-In locations nationwide until August 4th.

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Ariana Grande Superfan Eats Hot Peppers Every Time She Says ‘Um’

Ariana Grande’s “Arianator” fanbase is pretty vast, and sometimes a little over the top. The best example is Mike Junchaya, who uploaded a video of himself eating Fresno chili peppers after every time Ariana said “um” during her acceptance speech at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Junchaya absolutely had to know what he was getting himself into, because the awards show was last year, and there’s a good chance he has watched the footage 8,200 times.

 

He still did it, though, and immediately regretted it, as Ariana accepted her Artist of the Year award, and the “ums” seemed to never stop.

“I thought, why not show her my love by sacrificing my own taste buds,” Junchaya told Foodbeast.  “I did regret it after, but as soon as the video went viral, the pain became worth it.”

About eight “ums” in, some even back to back, you can see the regret in his eyes as he took bite after bite.

There were 10 “ums” total in the one minute speech, and by the last one, Junchaya pretty much had to spit out the peppers that remained in his mouth, as he started gagging and the camera stopped.

“To get rid of the burn, I was shoving ice into my mouth,” Junchaya said. “Not very effective.”

Was it unnecessary? Yes. Was it hilarious? Yes. So it was worth probably worth it.

“If the video doesn’t show how big of a fan I am, I don’t know what will.”

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‘Dragon’s Breath’ Chili Is The New World’s Hottest Pepper

Up until today, the world’s hottest chili pepper has been known to be the Carolina Reaper. Dialing in at around 2.2 million Scoville heat units, this chili would easily blow your mouth away. You could still consume it at caution, however.

That’s not the case with this new weapons-grade chili that easily eclipses the Reaper in terms of heat. It’s so potent that it has to be kept in a sealed container and nobody has actually orally consumed it yet out of fear that it could actually kill you.

This new pepper, called the “Dragon’s Breath” chili, was developed by hobby grower Mike Smith and Nottingham University, according to the Daily Post. The team is expecting a confirmation letter from the Guinness Book of Records to officially name their pepper as the world’s spiciest.

At 2.48 million Scoville heat units, the Dragon’s Breath is more potent than law-enforcement grade pepper spray and dangerous to consume because it could literally burn your airways, forcing them to close up and inducing anaphylactic shock. The creators haven’t dared to eat it themselves, but one did put it on the tip of their tongue and reportedly spat it out after 10 seconds due to the intensity of its heat.

While you may not want to eat this chili (or do, if you’ve got insane heat tolerance and a love for crazy-hot peppers), it was actually developed for medicinal purposes, as the oils from the chili are so potent that they can actually numb the skin, giving it a use as a topical anesthetic for those who are allergic to current painkillers out there.

The Dragon’s Breath will be displayed at the Chelsea Flower Show next week, but there’s no telling yet if or when this will be available for people to order and consume. My guess is that not very many people will want to given how fiery it is.

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Science Says Eating Chili Peppers Could Be The Key To A Longer Life

Claims that spicy foods provide health benefits have circulated for centuries. Now, scientists might be able to explain why.

In 2014, the National Center For Biotechnology Information claimed that cardamom, a spice used to make chai tea, was “linked to anti-tumor activity,” according to The Washington Post. That’s just one spice in a list of several that have been suggested to have medicinal properties.

Now, thanks to a study completed by the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, analyzed lifestyle data and mortality rates from more than 16,000 adults concluded that a compound in peppers has the ability to prevent factors that lead to heart disease and stroke.

In order to conduct this study, the authors used the Center for Disease Control’s National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey between 1988 to 1994, as the sample size in which to prove that the consumption of chili peppers — specifically capsaicin, the active component within them — can actually help you live longer. 

The illustration above shows a very simple depiction of where peppers contain capsaicin. It was found under the “capsaicin” hashtag on Instagram.

In short, the study found that people who regularly consumed capsaicin “had a 13 percent lower hazard of death compared to those who did not.”

Additionally, the study went on to claim that capsaicin actually acted like “an anti-obesity mechanism due to the interaction with the body’s transient receptor potential channels.” Transient receptor potential channels are different types of receptors that help regulate sensations like temperature and pressure.

Here’s an excerpt of the findings, pulled from the Discussion section of the study:

Activation of TRP vanilloid type 1 (TRPV1) appears to stimulate cellular mechanisms against obesity, by altering mediators of lipid catabolism and thermogenesis [27]. Protection against obesity leads to decreased risk of cardiovascular, metabolic and lung diseases.” — The Association of Hot Red Chili Pepper Consumption and Mortality: A Large Population-Based Cohort Study

Adding to the benefits of capsaicin, chili peppers also contain A, C, and B vitamins, all of which are essential to healthy diets.

What’s most important about these findings is that the study correlates positive reinforcement to already existing scientific studies that hypothesize that there are multiple health benefits to including spicy foods in a healthy diet.

The peer-reviewed study emphasizes that while there is no concrete evidence that eating peppers will lead to immortality — nor hold the keys to the fountain of youth — more research on this topic will only bring forth new concepts and knowledge that might benefit mankind.

“Such evidence may lead to new insights into the relationships between diet and health, updated dietary recommendations, and the development of new therapies.” 

So now, in the days where spicy challenges seem to be a popular trend, no matter how masochistic the act of eating hot chili peppers may seem, it’s safe to say there’s nothing like the sensation of a fiery mouth and a scorching, swollen set of lips that will look for anything to ease the pain.

Still, we insist on going back for more, and according to science, that’s a good thing.

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8 Foods That Can Get You Legally High

Let’s say you want to get high, but your dope dealer is on vacay and your chump dealer only has the bunkest of the bogus. You’re up a strange river and you’re looking to get stranger, so you start wondering what’s in your pad that can launch you out of reality.

Well, before you start huffing cabinet goods and eating refrigerator parts, maybe check out this rundown of foods that’ll rough up your sanity to ensure that you don’t wind up with way more than you bargained for.

1. Nutmeg

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Season 4-8 teaspoons of ground nutmeg into your system and wait for your nerves to pop goofy with (mild) hallucinations. Given that it’s the sprinkling on the holiday garbage punch that is eggnog, maybe you’ll hallucinate the obsessed-with-your-regret ghost of Christmas past, the party-animal-drunk ghost of Christmas present, and the always-a-quiet-dick ghost of Christmas future—except the high you get from nutmeg doesn’t kick in for five to six hours and it causes really bad flu symptoms (think food poisoning), paired with paranoia. Not only does it come with a severe day-plus war with your own body, but too much nutmeg can straight up kill you outright.

2. Sugar

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Yes, here it is, the legal white powder. Sugar does up a balancing act of sorts, with refined sugar, as opposed to natural sugar, really doing a number on your body. Scientists even agree that you can get addicted to the stuff and go through real bad withdrawals from it. Natural sugar, like that found in fruit, is better for you, as it doesn’t get you as wild-eyed, but also won’t squirrel you out all madcap in the close-out. Ultimately, it’s not a bad thing that less of it winds up on new year’s resolution lists.

3. (Moldy) Rye Bread

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When rye bread goes bad, it offers some “good” in theory (God closes a door and opens a window, blah blah blah). Basically, once the common grain fungi known as ergot rolls in, so does the chemical ergotamine, which is used for lysergic acid (not LSD, per se, but a compound used). However, “high” is a seriously loose term here, given that it’s a swirly mess of madness and poison. I mean, ergot, aside from leading to hectic convulsions and gangrenous symptoms, more or less contributed to the insanity of everyone calling for the Salem Witch Trials. Don’t try this at home…or anywhere.

4. Fish

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Sure, maybe you’ve had smoked salmon, but you can’t smoke fish, bruh. You can, however, get high off a fish called the salema (also known as sarpa salpa). Found off the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean, this fish’s body can be eaten, but its head sure as hell can’t be if you have any intention of keeping a grasp on the world you’ve always known. The head’s filled with psychoactive chemicals, though it doesn’t often turn out to be psychotropic (depends on how much plankton and algae it’s had). If it is enough though, your brain’s seriously going to burn until you see a horrifying demonic alien warscape (think the Cronenberg episode of Rick and Morty).

5. Coffee

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This shouldn’t exactly be a curveball to your knowledge base, seeing as how half the reason you even drink the stuff is to shred your nerves all gorgeous. Caffeine intoxication kicks in a lot sooner than you think though250mg, to be exact (meaning a few cups or just a tall at Starbucks, honestly). But the real hellfire bummer comes at you full force in the fallout of 500mg. That much caffeine will toast your nervous system. It’ll be a chaotic mix of “I’m going to live forever” and “everything is dying” before lapsing into the latter with diarrhea, vomiting, convulsions, and hallucinations (that won’t justify your weak attempt to get high on the most available substance ever).

6. Chili Peppers

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The endorphin rush from peppers is notable to anyone, so imagine the body sensation of chomping down on really, really, really hot chilis. Given that hot peppers are in the same botanical family as tobacco and deadly nightshade, it shouldn’t be surprising that the ingestion process sends you for a wild whirl. Also, seeing as that chilis are known for their capsaicin, which can actually work as a painkiller to some degree, eating more means more effect. In short, it’s pretty much an insane rush that feels like a high since it botches your senses so rough and crazy.

7. Poppy Seed Bagels

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There’s always the floating rumor that poppy seeds will make you fail a drug test, but there’s a reason for that. They contain enough opium alkaloids, morphine, and codeine to do it, no problem. The high, though, is theoretical for the most part. Roughly 40g of poppy seeds equal a dose of morphine, but you’d pretty much have to be an alchemist to get the goods. Otherwise, you have to eat a total number of bagels that would kill you before you actually achieve anything resembling a buzz.

8. Mulberries

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This is sort of high that seems like all class. Eating a whole lot of unripe mulberry plants can drum up a moderate batch of hallucinations. But it’s that same quality of “not quite there yet” that’s responsible for the high that will be your end. The unripe fruit, especially in large quantity, will wreck hell on your stomach. You’ll be barfing pretty uncontrollably. Trying to manage that much puke high is like doing calculus while drowning. Stay out.

Honorable Mention:

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(Special) Brownies because…well, duh.

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Namu's Gamja Fries

If you guys have ever taken a look at our features page, you might have read our Korean BBQ: For Non-Koreans article, and know how good Korean BBQ truly is. If not, brush up on some history and check out this new spin on an American dish with a little Korean flair! This is Korean take on the classic chili-cheese fries! Crispy hand-cut potatoes topped with tasty bits of short ribs, mounds of kimchee relish, green onions, and a not so secret sauce of kewpie mayo, teriyaki, and gochujang (a spicy-sweet paste of red chili peppers and fermented soy bean)! If your as down as I am to try this intense mash up of west and east coast flavors, let us road trip up to Namu’s restaurant in San Fran! Real talk, hit me up at andrew@foodbeast.com! (Thx LMS)