Say hello to the world’s hottest pepper. Created by Ed Currie of PuckerButt Pepper Co. in South Carolina and tested by the Winthrop University last year, the Carolina Reaper earned its spot in the Guinness Book of World Records in November. The batch averaged 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units but, incredibly, the hottest individual Reaper tested by the University clocked in at 2.2. million.
Quick comparison info: your standard jalapeño pepper only has a rating of 5,000 Scovilles, the infamous ghost pepper is around 1 million and pepper spray is roughly 2 million.
So, yeah, that’s one hot pepper.