If you’re looking for a different kind of hot chocolate, try this spiced hot chocolate recipe. Follow the link for how to make it but check the ingredients below (which I’m sure you can substitute for dairy-free alternatives where applicable)
400ml full cream milk
100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
1 tsp light brown sugar
1 heaped tsp freshly ground green cardamom powder
2 tbsp ginger syrup (optional)
double cream and grated chocolate to garnish
And for another type of chocolate drink with added spice (cinnamon in this case), try a cup of cocoa tea.
Most people agree that Los Angeles looks like a boring place. Every high school has a perfect 12 stair handrail and everything is manufactured and inauthentic.
But Satan’s Drano, the only skate hot sauce brand, might change that. Their creator Bob LaSalle just released their first “Lifestyle and Action Sports Video” with the perfect amount of guitar solos, skating into walls, and Mark Gonzales clickbait. This video makes LA look less like a casting call for the new Jonah Hill film and more like a place someone would actually want to be.
Satan’s Drano’s hot sauce line-up includes titles such as:
Folks eating spicy food and losing their entire shit will always make me laugh until I can’t breathe. While I’d never do any kind of hot pepper challenges, I guess that lack of oxygen is something we all share. Music producer Chris Punsalan sacrificed his body, mind, and soul for the pursuit of Hot Ones happiness when he tried the challenge with his cousins, Merz and Jerm. But he wasn’t just going to eat hot wings and leave it there. No, he was going to make a beat at the same time.
Watch as he eases his way through the first few wings until that “kick at the end” became roundhouses to the throat and torso. Oh, and of course, no acidic drinks were at hand—just a rookie bottle of water. But seriously, props to Chris for surviving. I know I couldn’t have done it.
The original video is around 4 minutes long as shows the natural and devastating effects of the pepper as it destroys both challengers, particularly Sabrina who did not cope well. But it’s the edited version that I saw first and the cuts make it even funnier.
Let’s do a quick analysis:
Why the hell did they bring water?
If you know it’s the hottest pepper in the world (still is, as of 2013), would you not know to take acidic drinks with you: milk, citrus juices, tomato juice if that’s your thing
Why were they wearing gym gear?
Did they plan to jog the heat off or namaste it away?
My favourite line was: ‘I didn’t think it hurt that bad.’
Not all chilis are hot. Some are mildly sweet, others comfortably warming. Used in widely different cuisines on every continent, chilis originated in the Western Hemisphere. “Chili” itself comes from a Nahuatl word.
But I prefer the hot ones. In small quantities, not super hot, and preferably in flake form. I also enjoy videos of people eating chilis such as AyyOnline and this classic.
Oh, and for anyone who wonders why water doesn’t help when you’ve eaten a chili: it’s because the water spreads the capsaicin (the alkaline chemical that produces the burning sensation) across your mouth. Therefore you need an acid to neutralise it; drinks like milk (which contains lactic acid) and any citrus juice will help.
For those who don’t know, the One Chip Challenge involves a single tortilla chip made by Paqui, coated in a deathly black jacket of dust, and you have to eat it. That’s the challenge – handle the heat and you’re a chili champ. The heat comes from Carolina Reaper pepper, formerly the hottest pepper in the world. Participants include Kristen Bell, Michael Peña and almost everyone with a YouTube channel and a few hundred thousand followers.
In LGR’s case, someone sent him the chip and the results were just as I expected. The smell is demonic and the taste is pure unadulterated heat. But it doesn’t hit you straight away and LGR found that out as time progressed.
Made and sold in the USA, Lil’ Nitro measures 9,000,000 on the Scoville scale, a scale used to measure the heat of chilli peppers. Put into context, that’s 900 times hotter than a jalapeño and over 5 times hotter than a Carolina Reaper. It comes with a “cool shield foil wrap” and an ice pack to ease the pain (because you’ll need it).
If you can handle the heat, you’ll be disappointed to hear there’s only one Lil’ Nitro Gummy Bear available per box but I can’t imagine there’s much demand for a packet of gummies with 9 million Scoville rating.
Lil’ Nitro is a next-level spice challenge that shows that even the sweetest things can be corrupted.
Oh, and it’s not suitable for vegans because it contains gelatine. It’s also not suitable for children despite what this questionable Amazon review says:
The other is the one with the two white girls which I’ll post tomorrow, but back to my all-time fave. AyyOnline was a popular black British Youtuber until he left (and recently came back) and during the chili pepper challenge’s heyday, Ayy joined in. The hottest pepper at the time was the Naga Viper pepper or “Ghost pepper” as it was also known. It was the “World’s Hottest Chili” in 2011 with a rating of 1,382,118 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). Pepper X is the unofficial champion now (used in the Hot Ones’ sauce) but the Naga Viper was the king for quite some time.
The featured image for this post is the precise moment before he took the “deadly” bite; the record scratch “you’re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation” moment. What follows is hilarious. Cue removal of clothing, ice, yoghurt, and some vomiting. The initial reaction was classic. The instant realisation that you’ve made a bad decision and there’s no way out. Well, not a comfortable one anyway. But like he said, he did it for laughs and he got plenty from me over the years. I’m glad he didn’t live up to the ghost pepper’s name and came back.
Fun facts about chili peppers (courtesy of Wikipedia):
Chilis were part of the Aztecs’ staple diet and originated in Mexico.
The substance that gives chilis their intense heat is called capsaicin.
32.3 million tonnes of green chili peppers and 3.8 million tonnes of dried chili peppers were produced in 2014 worldwide.
China is the world’s largest producer of green chillies, providing 50% of the global total.
There’s only one thing better than a spicy food challenge: watching people’s reactions after they eat it. My all-time favourite remains AyyOnline when he ate the “ghost pepper”, followed by the two white girls who nearly died doing the same thing. But SungWon Cho – known online as ProZD – took the one chip challenge without any of the drama. And his wife, Anne Marie, joined him.
Gabrielle Union is a treasure. When she’s not being a brilliant actress, absolute beauty, or a best-selling author, she enjoys a wing or two. First We Feast’s Hot Ones series has guests talk about their lives while eating the spiciest wings available. During Gabrielle’s wing stop, she discussed her husband Dwyane Wade’s friendship with LeBron James, the time she took Michael Jordan to a lesbian white party (that one passed me by) and when she drank beer and watched Golden Girls with DMX. Yep, that last one happened too. And she also drooled and snotted because the Scoville scale was too damn high.