Grandma Wants Poppers for Christmas

Jalapeno Poppers for the Holidays

Jalapeno Poppers for the Holidays

Even more evidence that spicy food is becoming more and more popular — grandma wants me to make jalapeno poppers for Christmas this year. Jalapeno poppers don’t need to be overly spicy, but they often have enough of a heat kick to make the tongue stand up and take notice. And when grandma wants poppers, you know they must be good.

I love that spicy food, especially chili peppers, is becoming more and more common. Demand is on the rise as world awareness grows about chili peppers. With the rise of the “superhots”, which are chili peppers that surpass the heat of the mighty habanero pepper, curiosity is at an all time high. Habanero peppers typically measure in at around 300,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), but a new spate of chili peppers has left the habanero in the dust.

Consider this list of superhot chili peppers:

Bhut Jolokia: 1,001,304 Scovilles. Now, truly the hottest chili pepper around!

7-Pot Chili Pepper – Over 1 Million Scovilles. The heat of the 7-Pot pepper is similar to the Bhut Jolokia but with a more fruity and nutty flavor, like other Caribbean peppers. It is becoming more popular and well-known among chile-heads, but the seeds are very rare and hard to find.

Gibralta/Spanish Naga Chili Pepper – 1,086,844 Scovilles. The Gibralta Naga, or Spanish Naga, is of course grown in Spain, but was developed in the UK from Indian chili peppers.

Infinity Chili Pepper – 1,176,182 Scovilles. Created in England by Nick Woods of “Fire Foods,” the Infinity Chili pepper held the World Record for the world’s hottest chili pepper for two weeks in 2011, before it was ousted by the Naga Viper chili.

New Mexico Scorpion – 1,191,595 Scovilles. A New Mexico-based team has developed a super-hot chile known as the “New Mexico Scorpion” The New Mexico Scorpion has been rated at 1,191,595 Scoville Heat Units by an independent laboratory.

Naga Viper – 1,382,118 Scovilles. The Naga Viper (capsicum chinense) has been rated at 1,382,118 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), according to tests conducted by the Warwick HRI Mineral Analysis Laboratory, UK, in November 2010.

Trinidad Scorpion Butch T – 1,463,700 Scovilles. The Trinidad Scorpion Butch T has been rated at 1,463,700 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), according to recent tests. It was propagated by Butch Taylor of Zydeco Hot Sauce and grown by the Chilli Factory.

Dorset Naga Chili Pepper – 1 million- 1.5 million Scovilles. (Capsicum Chinense) Development of the Dorset Naga began near Dorset, England, around 2001 when Joy and Michael Michaud of “Peppers by Post” bought a Naga Morich plant from an Oriental foods store in southern England.

Chocolate 7-Pot Chili Pepper – Recently tested between 923,000 and 1.85 million Scovilles, with an average of 1,169,058. Only the Moruga Scorpion scored higher. It is suspected that it could reach 2 million in the future.

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion – 2,009,231 Scovilles. In February 2012, he 2012 New Mexico Chile Conference, in association with Jim Duffy of Refining Fire Chiles, announced that the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion is the hottest chili pepper in the world. Clocking in at 2,009,231 Scoville Units, this chili pepper is beyond blistering.

Learn More from our List of Chili Peppers and Their Heat Levels.

But truly, chili peppers don’t need to be blistering hot to enjoy them, which brings me back full circle to the wonderful jalapeno pepper. Without them, you can’t make one of life’s greatest treats – the jalapeno popper, so great that yes, even grandma wants them for her holiday meal.

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About Mike from Madness

Mike Hultquist is a chili pepper and spicy food enthusiast with an insane desire to play in the kitchen. He's all about cooking with chili peppers, but also loves chili pepper gardening, preserving, and experimenting with new and creative ways to incorporate spicy food into life. He's also a produced screenwriter, novelist, food writer and web site developer.
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