This pepper gives a whole new meaning to the word "hot."

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
March 28, 2019
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Do people gasp when they see how much hot sauce you douse onto your dinner? Does your friend's favorite hot-hot-hot sauce barely elicit a burn for you? Does your pantry look like Doomsday Preppers: Hot Sauce Edition?

Brace yourself, guard your taste buds. PuckerButt Pepper Company in Fort Mill, South Carolina is the maker of the world's hottest peppers and hot sauce. Just South of the North Carolina border (and a suburb of Charlotte), PuckerButt peddles a large array of hotter-than-hot products, from sauces to the seeds themselves. Of their entire lineup, PuckerButt's claim to fame is the Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper pepper, which holds the Guinness World Record for hottest pepper, as CNBC reported in a piece profiling founder Ed Currie in 2018.

Recently, the company shared an instagram post of the Carolina Reaper that reminded us of just how truly hot the pepper is. "This pepper got its name for a reason. If you consumer pepper whole you may wish to enter the doors of death willingly! Be very, very careful using this pepper. Those who don't fear the Reaper are fools."

Ready to plant your own and burn the roof off your mouth? You can buy a seed bundle for "The Reaper Squad" on their website for $18 here. Or, opt for the pre-made sauce and order Reaper Squeezins ($15) or the signature Reaper Sauce ($10).

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Regardless of how you choose to get your taste of the pepper, be very, very, very careful and have bananas and plenty of water on hand to help with recovery if you dare mess with Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper.

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