Are You Brave Enough to Try the Hottest Hot Sauce in the World?

There’s a certain breed of person out there who loves hot sauce. Like, loves hot sauce so much they would marry a bottle of it if that were a legal, possible thing. (Need evidence? Check out this piece on hot cocktails.) As with all things, though, some people take it a little too far, and in this case taking it too far means making a sauce that is almost two times hotter than freaking pepper spray (you know, the thing people spray into eyes to stop a crime from happening) and selling it to people so that they can ingest it.

The world’s hottest sauce is called Mad Dog 357 Plutonium No. 9 and comes in at 9 million Scoville Hotness Units (SHUs).

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To put that in perspective, a bell pepper is 0 SHUs, because it contains no capsaicin, the ingredient responsible for the heat, pain, terror, euphoria, and everything else involved in eating spicy foods. A jalapeño? A paltry 5,000 SHUs. A Carolina Reaper, one of the hottest peppers on the planet, clocks in at 1.5 million SHUs and pepper spray — the stuff used to stop criminals — is around 5.3 million SHUs.

That’s not the only thing special about this sauce. Mad Dog 357 Plutonium No. 9 is 60% pure capsicum, and comes in a solid form. In order to useit, you have to heat the damn stuff to 140 degrees Fahrenheit just to get it out of the bottle. (They heat the stuff to get it in there, too.)

Imagine that for a second. Not only is it hotter than hell on your tongue, but it is also needs to be physically scalding in order to be used at all.

There’s also a disclaimer for the sauce, which in part reads:

“I agree, as indicated by my opening this bottle, as follows in connection with my purchase of this product:

  • Due to the extreme hot nature of this product, this product shall be used as a food additive. This product can cause serious injury if directly consumed, ingested, or applied to the body…
  • This product is to be used at my own risk, and I am fully understand the potential danger if used or handled improperly…
  • I hereby disclaim, release, and relinquish any and all claims, actions, and lawsuits that I, or any of my dependents, heirs, family members or legal representatives, may have against any party relating to any damage or injury that may result, or is alleged to have resulted, from the use, consumption, ingestion, contact, or other use of or from the product.
  • I am not inebriated or otherwise not of a sound mind, and I am fully able to make a sound decision about the purchase of this product.”

When have you had a food additive that’s come with a disclaimer (that says you can’t be drunk purchasing it) before?

Mad Dog 357 Plutonium No. 9 comes in a one-ounce package and will cost you $100. If you decide to buy it, just make sure to take a video. And have plenty of milk nearby. Or a hospital.

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