Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper Wins Guinness World Records Hottest Pepper

Are you wondering who holds the title for the Guinness World Records hottest pepper? Guinness World Records has notified Smokin’ Ed Currie and Puckerbutt Pepper Company that its Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper is once again officially the world’s hottest chili pepper.

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Guinness has now recognized a new Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper record average of 1,641,000 SHU (Scoville heat units) made effective on August 11, 2017, which is over 71,000 SHU hotter than its groundbreaking 2013 record. In comparison, Jalapeno peppers rate at 2,500 to 8,000 SHU.

With recently lab-measured peak levels of over 2,189,000 SHU, Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper has, after the Guinness-required recertification, reclaimed its undisputed place at the top of ‘super-hot’ chili charts.

As the plant phenotype has further matured, Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper chili pepper has grown hotter over its prior world record and, unlike recent dubious ‘world’s hottest’ claims from other peppers, the Guinness recertification required the submission of rigorous third-party, scientific data to back up the new record.

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Look for more information from Smokin’ Ed Currie and Puckerbutt Pepper Company on their award-winning achievement soon and at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo on April 21-22, 2018!

Ed Currie, the founder of Puckerbutt Pepper Company, grows more than 15,000 chile pepper plants at 30 sites in North and South Carolina, plus sites in four other states and at his home. According to an article published by the Los Angeles Times newspaper, Currie considers the location of the plots as state secrets for fear that competitors sneak in and steal their peppers.

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It took 12 years of crossbreeding for Currie to reach the pinnacle of the pepper world, said the LA Times. He said he tested hundreds of hybrid combinations before finally crossing a “really nastily hot” La Soufriere pepper from the Caribbean island of St. Vincent and a Naga pepper from Pakistan to create Smokin Ed’s Carolina Reaper — “a tidal wave of scorching fire,” as the PuckerButt website puts it.

PBPC, LLC, home of Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper – Guinness World Records hottest pepper, sells USDA Organic, high-quality, Kosher, and all-natural, smokin’-hot mashes, sauces, fresh peppers, dried peppers and powders, seeds and other fine merchandise at stores throughout the country, on its website at:

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