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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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‘Pepper X’ At Over 3 Million Scoville Is The New World’s Hottest Pepper

A few months ago, history was made when a Welsh chili grower invented the Dragon’s Breath chili. At 2.48 million Scoville heat units, it easily eclipsed the Carolina Reaper to gain the title of world’s hottest pepper. Now however, a fiery new pepper, Pepper X, has been revealed to the world that puts the heat of even the Dragon’s Breath to shame.

Pepper X has been in the works for nearly 10 years, and is the latest brainchild chili to come from Smokin’ Ed Currie. The proprietor of PuckerButt Pepper Company, Currie is also the man who created the Carolina Reaper. Pepper X has way more heat than his world-famous Reaper, dialing it at an insane 3.18 million Scoville heat units.

For those of you that don’t know, a Scoville heat unit is equivalent to one dilution of a chili pepper in water. Heat levels are measured by the number of dilutions it would take to completely eliminate the heat from a pepper. Thus, Currie’s Pepper X would require over 3 million of these dilutions, an amount that no chili in the world has yet to reach.

Smokin’ Ed has already sent his submission to Guinness for Pepper X to claim the official Guinness World Record title of “World’s Hottest Pepper,” and expects that to be confirmed some time in November. Currently, you can only find the chili inside of The Last Dab, a special collab hot sauce between First We Feast, hot sauce purveyor the Heatonist, and Smokin’ Ed himself. The sauce is famous for blowing celebrities’ mouths away on First We Feast’s show “Hot Ones,” and is actually even hotter than the Reaper on its own, clocking in at 2.4 million Scoville heat units.

While the initial release of The Last Dab has already sold out, more is on its way as the team at Puckerbutt Pepper Company harvest more of this fiery creation. To see our reactions upon trying Pepper X in hot sauce form, though, peep the live stream above. It’s definitely a pepper that will burn you for a while afterward, and deserves its title as the new hottest chili on the planet.

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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.


The World’s Hottest Pepper is Created in South Carolina


The world’s hottest pepper resembles an inappropriate scorpion tail. The surface is crinkled and oily with a loud red color, its seeds rate an average of 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units — beating out the previous titleholder, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, by more than 300,000 units.

Tested by Winthrop University throughout 2012, the Carolina Reaper grown by Ed Currie of PuckerButt Pepper Co. in South Carolina earned itself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records last month. The Associated Press reports that the record is for the hottest batch of Currie’s peppers tested, filed as HP22B, or “Higher Power, Pot No. 22, Plant B.” The hottest individual Carolina Reaper of the lot weighed in at 2.2 million Scoville Heat Units.

To put things in perspective, a jalapeño pepper has rating of 5,000 on the Scoville scale; ghost peppers clock in at 1 million and pepper spray at 2 million Scoville Units. At more than 1.5 million units, the Carolina Reaper should come with a mini fire extinguisher. Just in case.

H/T LA Times, Associated Press + Picthx PuckerButt Pepper Co.