Eating the World’s Hottest Pepper

A couple weeks ago, I was in Austin, Texas, for the SXSW music festival. Since I was around for over 10 days, I needed to move away from the festival and explore Austin. I asked a few of my local friends to provide me a summary of their Austin. I needed something a lot more than what I’d find online.

Among the items on that list was Tears of Joy, a hot sauce shop located downtown. There I possibly could buy a number of the world’s hottest sauces (conveniently situated in a coffin-shaped shelf) and sample a number of the sauces they make.

Now, I hate spicy food. Almost up to I hate heights. While years of eating Thai food developed a mild tolerance for all those spices, generally, I can’t handle spicy food. I never developed a taste for this. If I venture out for Indian or Mexican, I obtain it as mild as possible.

Nevertheless, you only live once, and I thought the image of me eating the Ghost Pepper would make an excellent video. The Ghost Pepper (Naga Bhut Jolokia) is definitely the world’s hottest pepper, with a Scoville heat rating of over one million.

The primary compound that provides chilies their signature kick is named capsaicin. How much heat a pepper packs is due to the amount of capsaicin it includes. The more capsaicin, the hotter the people. This measured on the Scoville scale, which ranks varieties predicated on their capsaicin concentration.

So, on a bright sunny morning, I walked in to the shop and got the latest Ghost Pepper sauce that they had, and pure capsicum extract (i.e., death in a bottle).

The results? Watch this video to see (I made a funny ending so watch before end!) what goes on when you take in the world’s hottest pepper, particularly when you aren’t used to spicy foods:

Next time you visit Austin, have a look at Tears of Joy for a few burn-your-mouth hot sauces. You can sample many varieties, plus they provide ample milk to clean it down. If you want spicy food, you haven’t lived until you tried a bottle labeled “STAY AWAY FROM Children.”

It took me all day long to recover and I have to have drank at least two gallons of milk. It had been an interesting experience however now that I’ve survived that, hot sauce doesn’t seem so very bad anymore. It’s like throwing someone in the deep end to instruct them to swim. EASILY may survive pure extract, I could survive spicy Indian food.

How exactly to visit Tears of Joy Tears of Joy is situated at 618 E 6th Street. Opening hours are 10:30am-6pm (M-Sa), and 12pm-4pm (Su).

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Eating the World’s Hottest Pepper