Pepper X

Pepper X


Scientific Classification

Capsicum Chinense

Heat rating in Scovilles:


It’s finally official! As of August 2023, Guinness World Records recognized Pepper X as the world’s hottest pepper, rating at an average of 2,693,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). Pepper X’s sizzling Scoville score was calculated by Winthrop University in South Carolina, which conducted tests using specimens from the past four years.

The new world’s hottest pepper, Pepper X, is 3 times spicier than its predecessor, the Carolina Reaper which averaged 1.64 million SHUs and was also created by Ed Currie.

Currie described the feeling of eating a whole Pepper X: “There’s an intense burn that happens immediately. Then your head kind of feels like, ‘Oh no! What’s going on?’ And then your body just starts reacting. You get it in your arms, you get it in your chest,” he said. “It has no real throat burn like the Reaper, but that comes on later when you’re in pain.”

Pepper X was immediately made into a sauce for the hit YouTube series, Hot Ones. The Pepper X is the pepper ingredient of ‘The Last Dab’. It was announced to replace Blair’s Mega Death Sauce as the hottest sauce in the lineup for Season 4.

Pepper X itself was then shown on the First We Feast channel on September 19th, 2017, in the video titled Everything You Need to Know About The Last Dab, the Hottest Sauce on Hot Ones’.

Watch Ed Currie talking about Pepper X here.

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