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 ofstaffers 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.