Recently two intrepid journalists found out exactly how hot, HOT
hint: that's NOT barbeque sauce
The journalists from The Argus, assistant news editor Arron Hendy and reporter in training, Ruari Barratt, bravely partook of the burger earlier this
week at a burger joint by the name of Burger Off
. Both men only managed to take a single bite of the
burger which costs £3.90 ($6.70 USD) and were later taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital for treatment.
The description of their ordeal is both horrifying and hilarious (my emphasis):
source - The Argus
After taking one bite he decided the burger was too spicy to eat anymore and was physically ok after drinking lots of milk.
Mr Barratt took a bite and minutes later suffered severe stomach pains which increased. He lost the feeling in his hands, his legs were shaking and
his eyes rolled back in his head.
And within two hours Mr Hendy was suffering similar problems, following his colleague to hospital.
Mr Barratt said: “It was hard to walk. I needed to drink milk to neutralise the burning, which was hard because I was hyperventilating so much my
hands had seized up.”
Mr Hendy said: “I was in so much pain I was telling people I felt like I was dying.”
So just how hot is the XXX Hot Chilli Burger?
According to the source, restaurant owner Nick Gambardella estimates the sauce on the burgers to be between 7,000,000 and 9,000,000 SHU (Scoville Heat
Units) on the Scoville scale. For reference the Wikipedia page for the Scoville scale
table which lists the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion
and the Carolina Reaper
at about 2,000,000 SHU and the familiar Habanero
range of 100,000 to 350,000 SHU Popular Tobasco hot sauce, which is 95% water, runs somewhere between 2,500 and 5,000 measly SHU.
The sauce used on the burger is made in India from the Piri piri chili
also known as the African
bird's eye chili
(50,000 - 100,000 SHU). The preparation involves concentrating 11,000 lb (~5,000 kg) into about 1 kg (2.2 lb) of finished
The restaurant, responsibly, will not serve the burger to anyone under the age of 18 or anyone who has been drinking and a waiver must be signed
releasing Burger Off from liability from any injuries incurred.
What words of wisdom did Mr. Hendy have regarding his experience? From The Argus source linked above:
“It’s embarrassing but it felt that bad. If you’re thinking of trying this burger for a dare, just don’t.”
Added picture of the XXX Hot Chilli Burger from an article in the online magazine,
edit on 2014-7-11 by theantediluvian because: (no reason given)