We Tried It (On Video!): Crazy-Hot Ghost Pepper Candy

06/26/2014 at 02:02 PM ET

WHAT IS IT: Ghost Pepper Super Hot Candy Balls, a new candy made with two of the hottest peppers in the world ($9.99 for about 30 balls at ThinkGeek.com)

WHO TRIED IT: A brave team of PEOPLE.com staffers willing to sacrifice their taste buds to the pepper gods

WHY WE DID IT: The promise of ice cream at the end

Picture those Atomic Fireball candies you loved as a kid. Now picture them on steroids.

That about sums up ThinkGeek’s new Ghost Pepper Super Hot Candy Balls, a “candy” (spoiler: there is nothing sweet about these) made with one of the world’s hottest chili peppers.

Each ball is made with a double dose of Bhut Jolokia, also known as the ghost pepper — the fiery little devil is mixed inside and dusted on the outside — plus a hit of another scorcher, the Trinidad Scorpion pepper.

Not to sound like a bad comedy routine, but… say it with us… how hot are they?  ThinkGeek claims these little guys pack more than 1 million Scoville Heat Units (SHU) each. Quick science lesson: SHU refers to the level of capsaicinoids, which are the ingredients responsible for that “mouth on fire” sensation. For comparison, Sriracha sauce has between 1,000 and 2,500 SHU, according to the American Chemical Society.

But enough with the stats. A video is worth a thousand words here, so make sure you watch above to see a group of staff members taste (and finish!) the candy. The only relief to the heat? Two pints of ice cream and a fridge full of milk.

THE GROUP VERDICT: Don’t try this one at home. Or if you do, make sure you’re stocked up on dairy.

—Lexi Dwyer

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Must be good for digestion IF your body can handle that kind of heat

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