Taste Test: Mad Mex Carolina Reaper Chili Sauce

This week, Mad Mex is selling a chili sauce that it warns is for “experts only”. The fiery condiment is made from Carolina Reaper chillies which hold the Guinness World Record as the hottest chili pepper on the planet. But does it actually live up to its fearsome reputation? We unleashed it on our co-workers to find out.

Last week, Mad Mex sent us a batch of burritos slathered in Carolina Reaper Chili Sauce — a limited-edition sauce that can be added to any menu item. It follows the release of the Habanero/Salsa Picante sauce which packed in a “mere” 550,000 heat units. At a whopping 2.2 million heat units on the Scoville scale, this pepper definitely isn’t for wimps.

The Carolina Reaper and I are old enemies. (You can read Lifehacker’s previous encounter with this insanely hot pepper here.) Check out the above video to see how we fared.

For those who can’t be bothered watching the video, the general consensus was “damn hot.” While it won’t blow the head off serious chili addicts, this stuff is pretty extreme for a mainstream fast food restaurant. It also has an accumulative effect so don’t take multiple bites in quick succession like a few unfortunate co-workers did.

If you’re keen to give this sauce a try, it will be available between 12th and 23rd of October. Bring your own milk! If you’ve already tried it, let us know what you think in the comments.

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