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23 February 2018

Get the latest news about Pepper X, contender for the Hottest Pepper in the World, measuring over 3 Million Scoville Heat Units on the Scoville Scale. Updated 7/14/2019.

If you’ve been anywhere in the chilehead world lately, you’ve probably already heard about the new “Pepper X”, a contender for the Hottest Chili Pepper in the World. Like you, I am eagerly awaiting more news and information about this pepper, and here is where I will share what I have learned thus far, and will update as new information arrives.

Pepper X Hottest Pepper in the World

What is Pepper X?

“Pepper X” is the temporary name for the chili pepper bred by Ed Currie of Puckerbutt Pepper Company, the same man behind the creation of the Carolina Reaper. According to Ed, he crossed multiple peppers to achieve a pepper hotter than the Carolina Reaper, the current hottest, which measures over 2 Million Scoville Heat Units, with an average of 1.9 SHU.

According to Ed Currie, “Pepper X is three times hotter than any other peppers that are out there available commercially. It’s twice as hot as the Reaper at 1.6 million, so this is a dangerous pepper.”

He has spent 10 years developing this pepper.

How Hot is Pepper X?

While unconfirmed officially, some reports put it at 3.18 Million Scoville Heat Units, well above the Carolina Reaper.

For comparison, the Carolina Reaper measures in at 2,200,000 SCOVILLE HEAT UNITS (SHU). The Bhut Jolokia (aka Ghost Pepper), measures in at 1,001,304 Scoville Heat Units. 

A typical jalapeno pepper averages about 5,000 Scoville Heat Units.

Learn more about the Scoville Scale here.

Is Pepper X Officially the Hottest Pepper in the World?

There is currently no official word, though word is expected. The pepper has been sent out for testing to the Guinness Book of World Records. However, I was personally told word would come by November of 2019.

I have heard no further word on this yet.

What is the Current Hottest Pepper in the World?

The Hottest Chili Pepper in the World is currently the Carolina Reaper, which measures over 2 Million Scoville Heat Units.

Learn more about the Carolina Reaper here.

Pepper X Hot Sauce

While we’re not currently able to taste test this pepper for ourselves, you can purchase a hot sauce called “The Last Dab” made with Pepper X peppers, which is a collaboration between Ed Currie and The Heatonist founder Noah Chaimberg.

Here is information from the web site:

One Dab to rule them all. The Last Dab. When Sean Evans and the Hot Ones team were looking for a sauce to deliver the final sendoff, to squeeze the last juicy secrets from their guests, they knew that no known pepper would do. So they came to HEATONIST. We partnered with Guinness World Record holding pepper breeder Smokin’ Ed Currie to create a sauce using his latest creation: Pepper X. More than simple mouth burn, Pepper X singes your soul. Starting with a pleasant burn in the mouth, the heat passes quickly, lulling you into a false confidence. You take another bite, enjoying the mustard and spice flavors. This would be great on jerk chicken, or Indian food! But then, WHAM! All of a sudden your skin goes cold and your stomach goes hot, and you realize the power of X. ** Limit 2 per order **


Pepper X peppers, distilled vinegar, ginger root, turmeric, coriander, cumin, dry mustard

Buy “The Last Dab” Hot Sauce from The Heatonist:

Check out the video at First We Feast of people trying “The Last Dab” hot sauce:

Thanks to both Ed Currie and Noah at The Heatonist for sending along the photo and information.

I’ll be sure to post more information as it becomes available. Please let me know if you have any questions and I’ll see if I can answer them for you, or find the information to help. – Mike H.

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  1. It has been years, It does not take years to check a pepper. I would like to know why the seeds have not been for sale . I think it is all a scam to sell this hot sauce that cost way to much . I feel that the pepper’s and seeds should be out for sale by now, It has been way to long .

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Ron, I have had no further news on the Pepper X.

  2. coronavirus taylor

    I am growing a carolina reaper right now and man there hot wonder if pepper x is fake or not

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      I haven’t received any further updates regarding the Pepper X at this time.

  3. Its still unnamed right? If I could give a suggestion as for what to call it I would call it the Caliente Verde Pepper, since that means the hot green pepper.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Yes, Sunny, still unnamed as far I have heard or read. I like your suggestion!

  4. In the article its said that the reaper is the currently hottest pepper with about 2 mill SHU. What about «dragons breath» from 2017 with 2,5 mill SHU? Is that one not tested and prooven the hottest?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Helge, that pepper was not officially tested or propagated, so the Reaper remains the official hottest in the world at this time. Thanks for stopping by!


      It has not been confirmed to be hotter than the Reaper no. Although it was claimed, this claim is unsubstantiated.

    3. I’ve grown Dragons Breath chillies this season and all the people I’ve given them to say its definitely hotter than Carolina Reeper.
      There’s also another contender called armageddon I’ve tried these myself and they are super hot. I’ve got the seeds from these ready for next years season.

  5. So i seen this etsy page supposively selling pepper x seeds im assuming this is a scam Ed Currie is the only one that has the seeds am i correct?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      I believe so, Bryce. I don’t believe anyone is authorized to sell Pepper X seeds other than Ed Currie’s company.

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          A lot of people are feeling this way, it seems. Still no new word, unfortunately.

      1. There is a website that has seeds in a package that says PEPPER X. They are from UK. I have plants going now and waiting for them to get ripe to see if these are hotter then the reaper. They are looking just like the reaper as of now..

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          Hey, Ron. I’m not sure of the legitimacy of anyone actually selling Pepper X seeds.

          1. If there is a pepper x you telling me that over the years that no one could get any seeds out . Do they do strip search when these people leave there work place, NO. This is all a scam to sell the LAST DAB. It has been years and it would not be that hard for someone to get seeds out from there…

          2. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

            Hard for me to really comment on it, Ron, as I haven’t had any new information. I appreciate your comments and perspective.

      1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

        I have an email out to Ed asking for an update. I hope to hear back soon. I don’t see any of the seeds available yet through their site.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Hey, Steven. Still no word! I see them promoting sauces with the pepper, but still no word on anything official. Eagerly awaiting.

  6. Ed is a great PR machine. Made millions out of the reaper and will make even more with the pepper X. Personally I like the heat and flavour of the Moruga chilli.

  7. This all seems very sketchy. It’s very unusual that they haven’t let anyone test the actual pepper and that no one has ever received a single pod (even seedless), let alone seeds. If they’re trying to monopolize the pepper (which is a real a-hole thing to do), it might make sense not to give out any seeds, but anything anyone has seen of this pepper are a bunch of pics and the hyped-up sauce. Almost a year later, I think it’s starting to smell a bit.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      It definitely takes time for the overall testing and approval process. I heard we’ll hear nothing until this November, or possibly next April, but we’ll see.

      1. Yeah, no. Secrecy would be one thing. Happily continuing to sell a sauce YOU claim to be made from the hottest pepper in the world, WHILE appearing to maintain secrecy about the actual pepper, that just smells like a scam.

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          I make no claims. Just reporting what I’ve learned. Curious to see any actual testing information, which all I know at this point is forthcoming.

          1. So what about that testing info, still forthcoming? lmao
            Just admit it, he pulled a fast one on thousands of people who certainly wouldn’t have bought just another hot sauce at $20 a pop, but would definitely trip over themselves to get their hands on something “exclusive” that allegedly contains this mythical “new hottest pepper”.

          2. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

            Haven’t heard a peep, Justy. I’ll publish anything here that I do learn, but at this time, nothing new.

  8. Does anyone know of a source to purchase the original Last Dab made with the Pepper X? Only luck I’ve had is eBay($99+shipping) or ChillyChiles in Canada at $35/bottle, very reasonable but it’s $75+ just for shipping. Any help would be much appreciated!

    REPLY: Joe, here is a link where you can purchase it: — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  9. Dan Sedillo

    I really really want pepper x and the sauce as well. Please keep me posted.

  10. please e-mail if the seeds of pepper x is available

    REPLY: I’ll be sure to post it here if/when seeds become available. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  11. Phillip Lander

    just wondering if you have made any sauces with rosemary, I have a medium rosemary bush and would like to use it.
    I’m growing thai, habanero and scorpion.


    REPLY: Philip, no, though many of my recipes can be adapted to include rosemary. I would start by using a small amount, say a teaspoon of chopped, and see how you enjoy the flavor. Add in more or less for future batches to your preference. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  12. Will seeds a/o seedlings be available to purchase?

    REPLY: Not sure yet, Ray, though I’ll be sure to report it when I hear. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  13. Trinidad
    Scorpion Chili
    Peppers I thought was the hottest on record…

    REPLY: It is currently the Carolina Reaper. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  14. Keith Gilbertr

    Hi Mike
    I really enjoy your posts, both informative and fun.
    But what is the hottest chilli at the moment? I believe it is the Dragons Breath, bred I Wales, hence the name. Came in hotter than the Carolina Reaper.

    REPLY: Keith, at the moment it is the Carolina Reaper. There were no official tests or information released about the Dragon’s Breath pepper. It is believed that one might have been a hoax. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  15. Cleyton santos


    Ed took 7 pot cousin su changed name to Carolina Reaper, deceived us all. Now come with this new pepper, trying to fool us again.I’m not accusing, just venting

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