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spicefreak

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#1499708 Puckerbutt Pepper Co & Hot Ones' The Last Dab (Video)

Posted by spicefreak on Today, 08:07 AM

If you mean his "Gator Squeezin's" purée then yes, it will be. This is a sauce made with an above 5 million SHU mash. That is, at least from what I've heard, a slightly weaker mash without the added bulk. The same could be said of his Reaper Squeezin's.

As for Pepper X potentially escaping Ed's clutches, I can't speak to the validity of any claims but rumour has it a certain UK farm's Reaper grow last year wound up producing something quite different that Ed told them not to talk about.

I'm sworn to secrecy regarding what few other details I have but I have high hopes.


#1499693 Most flavorful peppers?

Posted by spicefreak on Today, 04:06 AM

Sugar rush varieties are so good too!

I'm currently looking into a "Sugar Rush Vanilla" that's supposedly equally flavourful but also tastes like 2-3 million. Seems a wild claim but we'll see what happens.

Regarding the topic at hand, I'll second Lemondrops or their Aji Pineapple cousins, as well as any Orange Hab, be it nero or a nada. Cheyennes are pretty good and snacky, too.


#1499602 Puckerbutt Pepper Co & Hot Ones' The Last Dab (Video)

Posted by spicefreak on Yesterday, 08:18 PM

Mango lassi. It's a yoghurt-based drink that, to my knowledge, is offered in every indian restaurant ever.

I was amazed when my curry loving friend there didn't know about it. Sadly, I failed to get his initial reaction to its existence on camera but at least he was open minded enough to have his first taste on film.




#1499584 Puckerbutt Pepper Co & Hot Ones' The Last Dab (Video)

Posted by spicefreak on Yesterday, 07:12 PM

Hey folks, I recently uploaded this to my youtube channel and though you might be interested, what with it being the one Pepper X sauce and all:

 

 

Now, I talked about it being bitter a few times. That's not extract bitterness. Cold pressed pepper oils don't taste like other extracts.

What it was was the same sort you get with some raw, underripe peppers. It was bearable, though, given that it was only really there when the sauce was overdone.

 

But, speaking of overdoing it, the capsaicin cramps 3 hours later were tough and day two was worse than the time I ate 6.4 million extract on pizza.




#1499467 Ed Currie's newest hottest pepper

Posted by spicefreak on Yesterday, 07:05 AM

 

BTW: You look like you could be a mad scientist.  Maybe we work you into the plot.
 

 

It's what I strive for. I'd be honoured.




#1499273 Ed Currie's newest hottest pepper

Posted by spicefreak on 17 October 2017 - 10:46 AM

But the Appocalypse Strain is real. It's a type of super Scorpion bred from the Moruga.




#1498069 Has anyone grown: 'Candy Cane' F1, 'Mad Hatter' F1 or 'Na...

Posted by spicefreak on 12 October 2017 - 07:07 AM

Looks legit but yeah, I'm pretty sure that's the red Viper's record.


#1498066 Has anyone grown: 'Candy Cane' F1, 'Mad Hatter' F1 or 'Na...

Posted by spicefreak on 12 October 2017 - 06:13 AM

Would love to be kept posted on that Orange Viper.


#1497851 Cowley's Fine Foods' Shiiiitake Thats Hot

Posted by spicefreak on 11 October 2017 - 06:54 AM

One last post about a freebie from Cowley's Fine Foods this week, copied over from my blog as always. Enjoy:

 

Hello again everyone, today were looking at the last of Cowley's Fine Foods' vegan jerky samples, their Shiiiitake! Thats Hot!

Now some people spell the word “shītake” with one “I”, some people spell it with two and I spell it with a little line known as a “macron” to denote a long vowel sound.

 

Cowley's, though, have decided to use four “I”s.

 

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Four “I”s that emphasise the pun that they're making.

 

You see, while shītake may well be a type of mushroom, it's also close enough to a common swear word that it often takes its place when self-censorship is needed. “Shiiiitake! Thats Hot!” is meant as much to be the exclamation used in response to this product as a description of the contents.

 

But, as we can see through the clear bag, it's a pun that they've committed to. Aside from a couple of broken bits, there's nothing but whole, chilli-covered shītake mushrooms in here. Certainly not the four types we saw in their milder mushroom jerky.

 

But the white label tells us even more, with a huge pile of trinidad scorpion chillies taking centre stage between two smaller piles of the jerky's namesake fungi. It says everything it needs to before we even have to read the blurb.

 

Personally, I would like to see an apostrophe in “thats” but that's all I can find fault in. It's a great, punny name with design work that showcases its product's qualities very well.

 

Yet even it can't do it so well that I don't have to try the contents.

 

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The mushrooms are crisp, dry and have a good bit of chew to them. They have the rich, earthy, woody flavour that I was expecting, with a bit of saltiness from the soy, but there's more to it than that.

The soy also adds to the darker umami notes of the mushrooms themselves and the strong, ever-present taste of dried red chilli pairs remarkably well with that woody side, while also keeping the richer, darker elements in check.

 

There is a slight variation in flavour here, with what taste like both generic red chilli flakes and flakes of de árbol, alongside the advertised scorpion pepper pieces. But, even so, they all share common dried red pepper base notes beneath the hints of the de árbol's woody not quite smokiness and the scorpion's citric not quite oranginess. They add variety without detracting from the whole at all.

 

I was expecting little more than very hot mushrooms but, while the hottest bits definitely gave me a strong

6.5/10

Heat

that slowly spread backwards from the impact point, it came in long after the taste of these delicious treats, meaning that I could really savour the flavour before they stung my tongue with their intense burn.

 

So yes, they're shītake that're hot but they have so much more going on flavourwise. They're my favourite of everything I've had from Cowley's Fine Foods and I would definitely suggest getting some yourself. But only, of course, if you can handle heat in excess of ghost pepper sauces.

 

They are, after all, still incredibly strong by most people's standards.




#1497399 Assorted Brands of Spicy Gummy Bears (4+ Products)

Posted by spicefreak on 09 October 2017 - 06:22 AM

The Satan's Spawn came from Hot-Headz, the Gummi Swears were a free sample from Cowley's Fine Foods and the Efrutti bears were from a local import sweet shop. It's all right there in the post itself.




#1497228 Assorted Brands of Spicy Gummy Bears (4+ Products)

Posted by spicefreak on 08 October 2017 - 01:27 PM

Sup peoples, have an early halloween post, copied over from my blog:

 

Hey everyone, it's october. And you know what's special about october?

It's the month with halloween in it.

 

And yes, I know, halloween's still almost a month away but what use is a holiday product review if it goes up on the holiday? I'm doing this early so that you have time to track down the items involved, should you feel the need.

 

Or maybe just to warn you what's in store if you knock on my door this year.

 

Either way, I'm talking about gummy bears.

 

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Three different brands and four or five different products, for a full comparison of every sort I've seen.

 

First up, we have a couple from Efruitti, a german company that's more widespread in america than the UK but seems to feature in nearly every import sweet shop.

 

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Unlike the other brands on show today, Efruitti don't use gelatin in their gummy bears. They use palm wax and oil to set their sweets without any animal content. These bears are the only spicy ones I've found that are both vegetarian and vegan.

And, also unique to this brand, they come in chilli, cinnamon and ginger flavours, though I sadly can't show you the last of those.

 

The ones I can show you, however, look pretty great in their black and red or black, red and orange packaging, flames coming off the chubbily lettered company name and a clear centre to highlight the bear inside.

 

Yet there is only that one bear inside. But it's a massive red bear that dwarfs most others even after I've beheaded it.

 

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Because otherwise you're just prolonging its suffering.

 

But, ignoring their abnormal sizing, there is an actual problem I have with these bears. Their flavour.

 

Their is no actual cinnamon or chilli in these. They're flavoured with “artificial and nature identical” ingredients that produce a spiced wood not too unlike the real thing for the cinnamon version but get a bit weirder when they attempt to take on chilli.

 

The chilli one, to me at least, begins by tasting of some miscellaneous red fruit. Maybe cherry, maybe blackcurrant, maybe even strawberry but, whatever it is, it's definitely not quite the real thing and it soon transitions into something else entirely. An ever so slightly savoury, not quite red jalapeño, not quite bell pepper flavour that's clearly supposed to be chilli of some sort but doesn't quite match any I know.

Like if fruit squash was made from peppers.

 

The chilli version had a surprising

3/10

Heat

but, as you might expect, the cinnamon was a little lower, striking me as more of a

2/10

Heat

 

And, of course, they both felt like the manufactured, full mouth flame of an extract because that's what these contain. They simply contain a lot less of it than any of the more blatantly extract-based products we've seen.

 

Frankly, they're alright (and so is the equally low 2/10 ginger version) but they certainly wouldn't be my preferred option.

 

As a chilli connoisseur, I find them too fake and, compared to other gummy sweets, they're a tad tough and un-springy.

My preferred chilli gummys would probably be these:

 

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Hot-Headz' “Satan's Spawn”.

 

A bigger bag of smaller bears, labelled up in similar shades of red and black but this time featuring a nappy-wearing fusion of cub and devil to give the consumer a pretty good idea of what to expect. It even holds a chilli pitchfork.

 

And indeed, they are hot. We can even just about see the flakes of habanero on camera.

 

They are, however, practically invisible from a distance and, when mixed in with Haribo's, you'd have to look very closely to tell these bears apart.

 

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This is, of course, the recommended use for tricksters but, with the number of sites and stores that sell them, I'm sure there are many other stories and suggestions out there. In fact, I've heard a few myself.

But, while I will be giving away such a mix this year, I'll also be giving trick or treaters my business card and I won't being doing it to little kids.

 

I'm not that mean and I genuinely think that these sweets should be enjoyed. After all, they're red habanero and apricot flavour, giving the unique and pleasant impression of something almost orange or pumpkin-like until the high

3.5/10

Heat

hits hard, about 30 seconds into the experience.

 

They're definitely enough to shock people with and can seem very hot if you've never stepped into the world of supers but they're also genuinely enjoyable if you appreciate strong chilli and don't linger too long.

 

But then there's Cowley's Fine Foods.

Like I said before, I may have been mostly showing off the samples of their hot vegan range that I was sent but I did request a few extras from them too. The only chilli one of which was these:

 

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Gummi Swears.

 

Now, I planned this gummy bear comparison post well in advance but it was still mere chance that I stumbled upon Cowley's contribution. Due to their spelling and punny name, neither the word “gummy” not the word “bears” would take me to them.

 

But let's be honest. The name may be bad for search engines but I'll never forget it now that I've found it and it really is quite to the point. Sweets so hot you'll shout expletives.

I wouldn't change it.

 

But are they really that potent? Can they really hold up against Hot-Headz?

Yes. But only ten percent of them.

 

As the packaging explains and it's angry teddy on a roulette wheel image suggests, this is a gummy bear roulette pack. A pack that includes not just bears but also a pair of dice and a rules sheet.

 

Yet that sheet explicitly states that you must pick with your eyes closed. Which made me scrutinise every colour for differences and here's what I found:

 

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The light, orangey yellowy ones are twenty percent smaller than the rest and have the same little flecks in them as Satan's Spawn.

 

They don't taste the same or have quite the same colour but they're still remarkably similar in all respects. Their size and shape are identical and these, too, reach a pretty powerful

3.5/10

Heat

in a very similar fashion.

 

If you want chilli gummy bears, though, you get a lot more with Hot-Headz. Yes, you have to buy the heatless bears to mix with but they aren't exactly pricey or hard to find.

 

No, if you're buying the Gummy Swears, you're doing so for the flavours. The genuine and remarkably recognisable fruit flavours of pineapple, apple and kiwi, red berries (including elderberry) and lemon and orange.

 

These are a lot tastier than your average bears and so, if gourmet sweets are your thing, they will go down a treat. As would the jelly babies of the Gummy Swears range. Simply the same flavours in a different body, with a softer, squisher texture and no dice.

 

I did find, however, that I got a lot fewer hot ones with the jelly babies for some reason, to the point that mentioning their heat has been a very last minute adjustment.

 

Perhaps that's a good thing, though, as it puts more focus on the real fruit flavours that I think are the product's best bit.

 

So, in conclusion, my recommendations are as follows:

-Cowley's for flavour.

-Hot-Headz for the heat.

-Efruitti for those who want less intensity or don't eat meat.

 

And, of course, even in the event that none of them appeal to you, I wish you a great halloween all the same!




#1496887 Scotch Bonnet Mozzarella Sticks

Posted by spicefreak on 07 October 2017 - 04:48 AM

I want to unlike this post, just so I can like it again. I would love to have this in my life right now :cheers:
Been on a diet now only 5 days....seems like 5 months :banghead:


You could always like the actual blog post :P.

I feel you, though. Having restrictions on what you can eat really sucks.


#1496798 Peter's Pepper Pod Review (Video)

Posted by spicefreak on 06 October 2017 - 05:52 PM

Hey guys, here's another, slightly better pod review for you, featuring what's probably the dumbest idea for a chilli world record out there.

Few commercial growers will touch this pepper because of its unorthodox appearance but, when I did manage to get my hands on one, that made it perfect to try with my most innuendo-laden friend. He even tells me he's put an "Uncensored" version on pornhub...

 




#1496689 Scotch Bonnet Mozzarella Sticks

Posted by spicefreak on 06 October 2017 - 11:00 AM

Of course not. Just means I technically already suggested it :P.

Regarding marinara being the more traditional condiment, my mention of cranberry being traditional was meant purely in the context of sweet dips.


#1496674 Has anyone ever heard of someone who died from ODing on Capsaicin?

Posted by spicefreak on 06 October 2017 - 10:38 AM

Bear in mind also that any scaled up LD50 value will not take into account the fact that most people are a lot more used to processing the stuff than the average rodent.

Oh and most of those media reported heart attacks or respiratory failures are from when pepper spray is used as crowd control, where the state of the individuals is unknown. It is theorised that most of the dead have either existing medical conditions or way too may drugs in their system but I cannot say how valid those claims may be.