If you aren’t familiar with Scoville Heat Units (SHU), here are two (2) links https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scoville_scale and PuckerButt Pepper Company Scoville Ranking. I include the SHU ratings for the Habanero, Carolina Reaper, and Pepper X below, but you can see the ranges in the links above. It’s important to note that different things can increase or decrease the SHU rating by sometimes significant amounts.
Some places require you to sign a waiver before they will sell or serve you some of the hottest items. When I had cable, I watched Man v. Food – https://www.travelchannel.com/shows/man-v-food-1. In some episodes, the host had to sign a waiver before he could try some of the hottest food items.
In my last post, Sweet and Saucy Candy and Soda Sauce Shop, Wichita, Kansas Opened Today June 19, 2019, I talked about the Carolina Reaper sauce. It seems that the man who created the Carolina Reaper thought it wasn’t hot enough. As a comparison, Habanero has a rating of 100,000 – 350,000 SHU. Carolina Reaper – has around 1,500,000 – 2,200,000 SHU for its rating. It took 10 years for him to create the next level which is the Pepper X – with an estimated 3.18 million SHU.