Saturday, June 7, 2008

Extreme Hot Sauces

In 1912 chemist Wilbur Scoville devised the Scoville Scale, which has become the industry standard for measuring the hotness of chili peppers and hot sauces.

Tabasco sauce measures about 5,000 Scoville units. A Habanero chile ranges from 100,000 to 350,000. Standard pepper spray ranges from about 2 to 5 million Scoville units.

The Source hot sauce is one of the worlds hottest, weighing in at 7.1 million Scoville units. It is meant as a food additive, to be diluted into larger chili recipes and other spicy fare.

Many culinary daredevils enjoy proving themselves by taking The Source straight out of the bottle. Given its extreme potency, this is typically done with a toothpick, ingesting a tiny droplet of the substance, which has a tar-like consistency. The packaging is replete with warning labels - with good reason. Even the vapors can be an eye irritant. A small dropper bottle of The Source will run you about $100.00. You'll find videos of people on YouTube experimenting with it. Results vary; different people have different tolerances.

But supposing this isn't hot enough for you, you might want to try the hottest hot sauce possible. That is, pure crystals of capsaicin.

Blair's 16 Million Reserve has, you guessed it, a Scoville Rating of 16 million, the very highest possible. This will cost you $200.00, and comes with a neato little skull.

Bon appetit!

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