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Published on Jul 17, 2019
Hot Ones has taken the internet by storm - who doesn't love watching celebs writhe in pain as they eat spicy wings? Like every popular show, there are plenty of behind-the-scenes secrets viewers aren't privy to, and lucky for you, we're dishing up the untold truth you won't find anywhere else.
Sure, you might dabble in Sriracha or douse a meal in Tabasco from time to time, but have you ever heard of ghost peppers? No? Well, if reading the word "ghost" caused a spooky shiver to climb your spine, that feeling's warranted.
The Scoville scale measures the pungency of chili peppers and other sweat-inducing x. The more droplets of sweat falling off foreheads means more Scoville heat units, and the sauces on Hot Ones reach the top of the scale. Jalapeños, for example, register anywhere between 2,500 and 10,000 Scoville units. While that sounds like plenty, they don't even scratch the surface. Take the Carolina Reaper, which breaches the 2 million Scoville unit mark. As the show's guests make their way through the 10 increasingly spicy wings, most of them are introduced to the Reaper at some point.
Hot Ones even has their own line of sauces, aptly named the Hot Ones hot sauces. Some are sweet and mild, but others are brutal mixtures of chipotle peppers, ghost peppers, habanero peppers, and anything else Hell cooks up. The very final mouth burn on wing number 10 comes courtesy of Hot Ones The Last Dab Reduxx, which contains Pepper X, the world's hottest at over 3 million Scoville units.
The sauces are no joke | 0:15 Conquering a Carolina Reaper | 1:14 No easy way | 2:14 Lightning in a bottle | 3:12 Scoring serious YouTube views | 4:00 Gordon Ramsay's blessing | 5:03 Medical help | 6:00 Late-night Hot Ones | 7:02 Spicy spoilers? | 8:08 Throwing in the towel | 9:02