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The ‘Habanada’ Chili Is A Habanero With All The Flavor, No Heat

Have you ever bitten into a raw habanero to see what it tastes like? If you’re a crazy chili-head like me, you probably got a split second of fruity, floral flavor before the powerful heat of the chili blew your mouth up. A lot of spicy chilis have flavor qualities like the habanero, but the spiciness of the chilies keeps us from enjoying that full experience.

Thanks to some researchers at Cornell University, you can now enjoy the full flavor that a habanero has — with none of the heat.

A few years ago, Cornell’s Dr. Michael Mazourek developed the “Habanada,” named for the fact that it is a habanero with “nada” of the heat. After getting seeds of a similar, non-spicy habanero plant from New Mexico, he went to work. Dr. Mazourek experimented with everything from lab assays to cross-breeding the variety with regular habaneros to try and come up with a chili that had no heat, but showcased the unique flavor of the habanero. Thousands of peppers and 13 breeding generations later, he finally came up with the commercialized form of this new chili.

After doing incredibly well at trade shows and The World Food Expo in Milan, the chili pepper began to appear in top restaurants across the country over the past year, with “Chef’s Table” star Dan Barber and his NYC restaurant, Blue Hill Farm, being one of the more well-known places to feature it recently.

As people fall in love with this new chili, more avenues to acquire it are becoming available. While you’re more likely to find it in high-end restaurants nowadays, you can also purchase some seeds to grow your own, if you desire.

As a chili lover, I’m super curious to try these out and see what this heatless chili is all about. And hopefully, I’ll be able to enjoy more than just a split-second of that fruity, tasty habanero experience.


Ghost Pepper, Habanero, and Jalapeno Gummy Peppers Will Burn So Sweet


New to the world of novelty candies are Spicy Gummy Peppers, the snack that’s supposedly almost as spicy as the real peppers they’re based on. The three peppers come in different shapes: Jalapeño, Habanero and Ghost Pepper. Each pepper represents a different level of heat intensity.

The gummies are combined with a fruit flavor to pair with the heat: jalapeño and apple, habanero and orange, and cherry and ghost pepper. Each gummy is actually imbued with the real-life pepper, albeit not as intense. It still needs to taste like candy, after all.

A 3-pack of Gummy Peppers, one of each gummy, is available at vat19 for $10. As the site recommends, might be best to keep a milk bucket nearby.

H/T Neatorama


Packaged Food

Doritos Releases Spicy Sweet ‘Fiery Habanero’ Dinamita Chips

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Things habanero peppers taste like: fruit. Flowers. Supah hot fiyah?

Typically reserved for sweet spices, glazes, and desserts, the vibrant orange-red chile is also the latest flavor inspiration for Doritos’ line of spicy rolled Dinamita tortilla chips. Since the tongue-singing habanero clocks in anywhere between 100-350K on the Scoville scale, chances are Doritos’ new Fiery Habanero Dinamita chips will be the punchiest of the bunch, which also includes Nacho Picoso and Chili Limon.


Serving suggestions: dipped into bubbling queso, sprinkled into a cocktail made from the blood of your enemies, or, most deliciously, coated around spicy deep fried ice cream. Available in select markets nationwide, $0.50 — $2.99.

Fast Food

Sonic Debuts Southwest Chipotle Breakfast Burrito and Spicy Chicken Sandwich [4 PHOTOS]

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Sonic recently upgraded their menu with four new spicy items. The new additions include the Southwest Chipotle Breakfast BurritoClassic Spicy Chicken SandwichIsland Fire SuperSONIC Cheeseburger (pictured above) and the Island Fire Spicy Chicken Sandwich


Pickle Candy Canes, White Chocolate Peppermint Pringles and 9 Other Bizarre Food Items That Should be Recalled in 2013

We’re closing in on the end of 2012- and usually this time of year calls for countdown lists galore, where we can take some time to reflect on all the wild/crazy/fun happenings of the last 12 months. So to get in the spirit, we thought we’d take some time to look back at the wackiest food items we’ve featured this year, and then promptly nominate them for a recall. Without further adieu, let the countdown of awfulness commence!


11. Bird Crap Seasoning

I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. It’s a seasoning blend that is meant to “taste great on just about anything!” Surely, it could very well deliver on that promise; but I’d like to know what that marketing team was on when they all sat down and decided ‘Bird Crap’ would be an excellent choice for the name of a food item. Albeit, it does grab your attention, but I don’t think it’s in a good way.


10. Sriracha Lip Balm

Okay, I realize this isn’t an entirely edible food product, but I was torn between this and Bacon Shaving Cream in the “Ridiculous Novelty Item” category. I don’t know about you, but I know when I’ve been eating something spicy (particularly hot sauce drenched meals), the first thing I do is start screaming “AHHHHHH MY LIPS ARE ON FIRE!!!”. Then I proceed to apply copious amounts of chap stick for the next 24 hours to hopefully undo the damage I’ve caused. There is no amount of Burt’s Bees that will mollify this terrible, terrible idea.


9. Cracker Jack’d

Dear Cracker Jacks, why are you ruining my childhood? Why can’t you just stick with a good thing and leave well enough alone? I get it, it’s a cut-throat market out there, and you need to stay relevant, and blah blah blah, but seriously? A Cracker Jack snack line that contains caffeine?? For “adults only”?  WTF.  Thanks for leaving my candy-coated popcorn and peanut dreams to die.


8. Buffalo Wing Soda

Mmmm. Nothing says refreshing thirst quencher like Buffalo Wing Soda! Who on God’s Green Post-Apocalyptic Earth would ever seriously drink this? I will never want my buffalo wings in carbonated liquid form. So please, Lester, stop making this. The bottle may say “Y’all get yer fixins,” but I think y’all need to get your heads checked.


7. Tabasco Jelly Bellies

For a company that’s been around for over 30 years, offering over 50 flavors of jelly beans, things were bound to get weird. Boy did they ever with Tabasco flavored Jelly Bellies. You could probably only eat a few of these before wanting to pour buffalo wing soda into your eyes.


6. My Little Pony Pasta

Hey girls, remember My Little Ponies? Remember their beautiful shiny manes that you would spend hours braiding, making them prance about, sniffing their backsides because they were often scented with magic and chocolate? (I’m probably the only one that did that.) Remember dunking them in tomato sauce and biting their heads off in a hungry lunchtime fury? Wait, what? No, that’s not right… AND NEITHER IS THIS PASTA PRODUCT.


5. Mike’s Hard Chocolate Cherry

Oh Mike’s, we meet again. This time I’m not a sophomore in high school at an unsupervised house party pretending that I can hold liquor, when the most alcohol I had consumed at that point was in my seasonal dose of NyQuil. (Hey, don’t judge, Mike’s Hard Lemonade was a gateway drink.) Instead, it looks as though you have brought forth a “Hard Chocolate Cherry” beverage to consume this holiday season. Much like my 15 year old self, methinks sledding down a carpeted flight of stairs resulting in a sprained ankle and loss of self-respect seems like a better choice than this.


4. Evil Hot Gummi Bears

Evil and Gummy Bears should never be in the same sentence. Imagine popping one into your mouth, expecting a burst of fruit and delight, when suddenly to your horror an onslaught of hellfire and habanero takes over. Excuse me, but that’s just rude.


3. Pickle Candy Canes

What can I even say about this? Gather ’round kids! It’s that magical time of year, when Santa Claus comes to spread joy and give presents to good little boys and girls! Nothing says good tidings and cheer like a dill and peppermint hook of terror. Surprise, and Merry Christmas!


2. Seasonal flavored Pringles

October through December is generally a time for seasonal flavored everything, and Pringles brand is not one to be left behind. Behold! Seasonal flavored Pringles! Don’t be confused, these are not pumpkin/chocolate/cinnamon treats shaped in the iconic form of a Pringle. Oh no, these are ACTUAL potato Pringles sprinkled with the aforementioned flavor combinations. I think I just threw up a little. I’m looking at you, White Chocolate Peppermint.


1. Flavored Vodka

Listen, I get it- flavored vodka is not a shocking new idea that suddenly appeared this year. Hell, I would never have made it through 2007 without heavy doses of vanilla vodka and Coca Cola, but I think things are getting out of hand here. Suddenly I’m combating the likes of waffle, whipped cream, birthday cake, popcorn, and for the love of all things holy, wasabi-flavored vodkas. Why? Why are we allowing such abominations? What happened to chewing our curious confections? Why are we now guzzling them down with reckless abandon, because Amber Rose tells us so? NO! I say we take a stand and say no to absurdly flavored vodkas in 2013.

Unless of course, you want to make me birthday cake Jello shots.

So kids, that wraps up the 11 food items that should be recalled in 2013. But wait — didn’t we just survive an apocalypse folks? If there’s one thing we learned it’s #YOLO 4lyfe and what the heck, might as well give those White Chocolate Peppermint Pringles a try, right? Right?


These Evil Hot Gummi Bears Are Infused With Habanero Chilli

What’s with people infusing unsuspecting traditionally tame candies with spicy heat lately? Remember the Sriracha Lollipop? Now we’re hearing about Evil Hot Gummy Bears, habanero chili-infused gummy bears.

I can only imagine the fun to be had with those gummy bear poaching friends we all have. Sprinkle a few of them into a bag normal gummy bears, and watch them squirm when they bite into a handful of whats rightfully yours.

Ingredients include glucose syrup, sugar, water, gelatine, citric acid, habanero, chilli, fruit concentrate (grape, apple, apricots), flavorings, bees wax and vegetable oil as the coating agent.


Buy: $8.09 @ Firebox

Packaged Food

Mango Habanero Joins Hawaiian Kettle Chip Family

The Hawaiian Kettle Chips have been around a long time. So long, in fact, I’ve been in love with the Sweet Maui Onion flavor since middle school. The Original was a good pick during high school since it didn’t leave too much of a mess in my mouth or hands. I’ve recently gotten into the Luau BBQ as I started going to college. Great flavors, great chips.

And now that a new Mango Habanero flavor will be added into the mix, I feel like I’m finally able to begin a new chapter in my life. The chips are slow cooked and seasoned with sweet and spicy care.

via: Candy & Snack Today

Food Trucks

Kogi BBQ Truck Reveals a “Half Baked” Quesadilla

Taking after the nuances of a half-baked potato, the Kogi BBQ Truck has revealed what they call the Half Baked quesadilla. The new item is filled with bacon, crisp Chinese broccoli, melted cheddar and jack cheese, their own salsa azul (habanero-basil-blueberry), sour cream and toasted sesame seeds.

For those in Southern California, the truck’s schedule is up in its entirety on their website.