In this world where human beings test their limits by jumping off cliffs, swimming through raging cascades, and yes, eating red, hot, chili peppers, nothing is impossible.

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They look so innocent! (Photo Credit: Porch Garden by Flickr user gammaman)

This is why the makers of Ghost Pepper Candy are betting their bottom dollar that their latest crazy invention will conquer the world.

The Ghost Pepper Super Hot Candy Balls are made with bhut jolokia, better known as ghost pepper. This kind of pepper is the world’s hottest chilli pepper, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Historians trace its origins to Assam, India where people chew on chili like ordinary candy. The word bhut means “ghost” and no one really knows why it was called as such, but for those who have experienced being burned by a ghost pepper, we are guessing they would have an explanation as to why.

India is the second most populous country in the world at 1.2 billion people and has one of the world’s earliest societies. Its capital New Delhi is a congested city where old meets modern day. There are local buses to move around but it’s best to ride an autorickshaw to take you to places.

The level of heat from a single ghost pepper is two times more than the level of heat from that of Red Savina Habanero which held the record as the hottest chili pepper in the world until the year 2000 when bhut jolokia was introduced to the Western world. A single bhut jolokia has 1,000,000 SHU or Scoville Heat Units, the unit measurement used for measuring hot flavours. That’s over 400 times hotter than the ordinary tabasco! Not impressed yet? Then take a look at this video:

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No wonder many describe eating a ghost pepper in two words – death defying. Still, don’t count the bhut out from the kitchen just yet. This pepper has many uses as a spice that adds flavor to fish and pork dishes and livens up chicken curry with pickles and chutneys and dried ghost pepper chili.

Today, the ghost pepper comes in plastic packs of 30 – the Ghost Pepper Candy Balls. Its sweet coating tricks you to into eating more balls than your mouth and your pain threshold can actually handle. Asked why they made such a powerful weapon and a potential tool for a nasty trick, the makers of the Ghost Pepper Candy Balls merely said, “because we can!”.

So next time you eat a candy and it feels like there’s an exploding volcano in your mouth, it must be a ghost pepper.

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About Heather Tucker

Heather is a writer, photographer and explorer of the world with bylines in Archaeology Magazine, Porthole Cruise Magazine, Taste & Travel, amongst others. She is addicted to pen, paper, hotels, organisation and hippos. In addition to Travel Gluttons, you can find her over at Cloggie Central.


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