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Meet Pepper X: Officially The World's Hottest Chilli Pepper: Guiness World Record 2023

Meet Pepper X: Officially The World's Hottest Chilli Pepper: Guiness World Record 2023

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Breaking News October 2023: Pepper X has been officially been crowned the world's hottest chili pepper by Guinness World Records, boasting a fiery rating of 2,693,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), a massive leap from its predecessor, the Carolina Reaper, which averages 1.64 million SHU​.

 Pepper X Ed Currie - World's Hottest Chilli


This scorching champion is the brainchild of Ed Currie, the founder of Puckerbutt Pepper Company. Ed embarked on a quest, crossing multiple peppers to eventually craft a chili that outshines the Carolina Reaper's heat level​

The unveiling of Pepper X was gloriously showcased on the popular YouTube channel First We Feast, in a video where Ed Currie shared that it took about a decade of meticulous breeding to develop this super hot pepper​​ - watch here:

The world of chili enthusiasts was set ablaze with the introduction of Pepper X, and its feature on First We Feast, who run the popular Hot Ones Celebrity Hot Sauce Tastings or - "The show with hot questions, and even hotter wings." But the truth is we at have been familiar with Pepper X for sometime - already being fans of Ed's Gator Sauce - which is 92% Pepper X which you can buy in the UK here.

But what more about the mad genius Ed Currie creator of the World's Hottest Chilli - and his other sauces made famous by Hot Ones?

From Health Quest to Heat Quest

Ed's fiery expedition commenced in the early '80s when a college project led him to a scorching discovery. While researching cancer and heart disease, Ed unearthed a spicy correlation - equatorial indigenous populations had a significantly lower incidence of these diseases, and their common denominator was the liberal consumption of peppers. This finding ignited Ed's passion for peppers, kickstarting a journey into the realms of capsaicin wonders​.

PuckerButt: A Symphony of Spice

At PuckerButt, Ed Currie is not just a breeder; he's a "Mad-Scientist & Chef," orchestrating a symphony of spice that has spiced up the Guinness World Records not once, but twice! First with the Carolina Reaper and now, the scorching Pepper X​​. Each pepper is a testament to Ed's relentless pursuit of the heat horizon, a journey marked by meticulous breeding and an undying passion for the fiery fruit.

Harvesting Heat with a Heart

But it's not just about setting the world ablaze with fiery peppers; Ed's mission has a heart. A significant portion of PuckerButt's pepper produce is dedicated to medical research, aiming to unearth the health benefits of capsaicin, the compound responsible for a pepper's heat.

Extra Mean Green: PuckerButt's Extra Mean Green sauce (Featured in Hot Ones Season 17) is a zesty blend boasting the smooth, intense heat of ghost peppers, harmoniously infused with ramps from North Carolina's mountains and early season herbs. This green, "hillbilly mean" concoction is versatile, enhancing anything from eggs to burgers with its tangy kick. Crafted by Smokin' Ed for an extra punch of heat, this sauce is perfect for spicing up dishes like chili verde, tacos, or tortilla soup. With its clean, fresh, and fiery ingredients, Extra Mean Green is not just a hot sauce, but a flavorful fiesta in a bottle, promising a delightful spicy adventure for those daring to delve into its tangy treasure

Chipotle Express: PuckerButt's Chipotle Express Hot Sauce, (The ninth sauce in Hot Ones Season 13), is a fiery blend masterminded by the King of hot pepper, Ed Currie. This sauce packs a punch with its lead ingredient, the ferocious Pepper X, harmoniously blended with smoky chipotle powder, sweet honey, tangy apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice, accented with a hint of ginger. It boasts an eye-watering Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) rating of 669,000, validating its extremely hot label. The smoky essence of chipotle, balanced by the sweetness of honey, creates a flavor profile that's a scorching yet enjoyable adventure for the taste buds.

Gator Sauce: Unleash a tidal wave of fiery flavors onto your palate with PuckerButt's Gator Sauce, a spicy concoction for those daring enough to ride the heat wave. This sauce starts with a floral allure, subtly inviting you into its fiery core where the heat builds up gradually but lingers with intent. The hero of this spicy saga is a new pepper, aspiring to clinch a spot in the Guinness World Records, showcasing PuckerButt’s relentless pursuit of pushing the capsaicin boundaries. The ingredients are a testament to purity and heat, with a potent mash of Pepper X and Yellow Super Hot peppers, harmoniously blended with distilled vinegar and pepper powder. It's a straightforward yet bold tribute to the love of spiciness, a minimalist approach to showcasing the essence of peppers. Grab a bottle, and let your culinary adventures bask in the fiery glory of PuckerButt's Gator Sauce!​