"By the powers of naughtiness, I command this particular drop of hot sauce to be really, really hot!"
One of the most common ways to induce fiery breath
, Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce
is one of the most dangerous substances known to man. This stuff is so ferocious it gives off heat
, and may even set flammable materials alight when applied directly to them. In extreme cases, flammable materials might go up just by being next
to this stuff.
As a rule, it's usually made from a special pepper that only grows in one obscure (and probably nonexistent) location in the jungles of wherever. It can only be safely harvested wearing full hazmat gear and a gas mask. Often, other ingredients used in the making of the sauce include lava, uranium, and pure unadulterated anger
. The sauce often must be specially requested, since no restaurant is just going to leave something like that out in the open. It may actually be illegal in some countries.
Naturally, the Big Eater
can't get enough of the stuff. He puts it on everything
he eats, and probably carries a bottle (or bottles) with him in case there's no other source. Any other character who dares taste a drop of the stuff will soon be making a beeline for the nearest large body of water (or outhouse) to dunk their head into, but there's always one character who considers it a necessary condiment for every meal, and may even occasionally drink it straight
The spiciness of food, especially of chili peppers and Scotch bonnets, is measured on the Scoville scale. The number of Scoville Heat Units a food has is equal to as many grams of sugar syrup one gram of that food needs to be mixed with, evenly, before its "hotness" is undetectable by a taster. Basically, the more capsaicin a food item has, the hotter it tastes. For the sake of comparison, at the bottom of the scale is the bell pepper, with a Scoville rating of 0; The jalapeño pepper has a Scoville rating of 2500-8000; the tabasco pepper is rated at 30,000 to 50,000, and the habanero pepper has a rating of 100,000 to 350,000. Pushing in above that at 1,359,000; the Naga Viper Chili, which is more than 1/4 the hotness of police-grade pepper spray
(5,000,000). This is not the hottest available.
That would be the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion
, which hits a blistering 2,009,231 SHU. As of February 2012, it trounces the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T chili
, which clocks in at 1,463,700 SHU. Then in 2013, even that
was trounced by the Carolina Reaper
, which can peak over 2,200,000 SHU. After this, you're into extracted pure capsaicin, with a Scoville rating of up to 16,000,000. While the scale is generally considered scientifically inaccurate, it still remains a pretty good (if imprecise) way to comparatively judge just how hot a certain pepper actually is.
Compare Gargle Blaster
. Woe betide us if they are ever combined
, though Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce
is often an essential ingredient in a Hideous Hangover Cure
(or it might simply be used as one by itself).note
Sometimes shares the corrosive effects of Hollywood Acid
, generally indicated by its dissolving a teaspoon
or similar. A very common form of Masochist's Meal
. Will likely result in a Fire-Breathing Diner
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- In a TV spot for Tabasco brand Sauce we see a man eating a slice of pizza while regularly dousing it with the sauce; he has used at least two full bottles and is working on a third. He gets bitten by a mosquito; then as the mosquito flies away it explodes, to the man's quiet satisfaction.
- Gaston Lagaffe once made a hot sauce that burned through the cup he kept it in and sent the cartoonist Yves Lebrac screaming up the walls after one little taste.
- He made another one so hot it started crawling across the room, and imprisoned itself in the key locker.
- In one Lucky Luke episode, Billy the Kid used a bottle of Tabasco to escape from jail, by letting it burn through the bars.
- A "Nobby's Piles" strip in Viz has Devil's Brand Fiery Habanero Pepper Sauce Bang! Bang! Molto Explosivo. In a dark cupboard. Next to the pile cream.
- In The Stalking Zuko Series fireflakes are very spicy to Non-Fire Nation with everyone complaining of the pain it causes their mouths. Averted with Fire Nation colony cuisine, which A: has evolved to use less spices due to the difficulties in bringing them from the homeland, and B: has absorbed elements of Earth Kingdom cuisine.
- In one Garfield strip, Jon challenged Garfield to a hot pepper eating contest; Jon won when Garfield tried to eat a Peruvian Death Pepper, but it was a hollow victory for Jon, seeing as it caused Garfield to belch fire on him. The strip provides the page image for Pyrrhic Victory.
Stand Up Comedy
- The Newcastle 'magmaloo' in a routine by Jasper Carrott (based on a real curry).
- Rondell Sheridan has a bit about when he tried to look like he spoke Spanish on vacation in Mexico, and ordered "mucho grande caliente" (essentially something very extremely hot) from a restaurant.
- Bill Cosby has a routine about Chinese mustard and the time when he took a girl to a Chinese restaurant as a teenager. being broke, he attempted to get as much as he could for his money and dunked his entire egg roll in the mustard. His description of his reaction on biting into it is priceless.
- Jürgen von der Lippe told a story similar to Bill Cosby's, only that it involved sambal oelek, and a schoolmate whom the girl had brought along claimed that sambal oelek was Chinese mustardnote . Made sense, the waiters were yellow, the mustard was red. Jürgen learned the hard way how sambal oelek burns. And how it burns twice.
- In Zapped!, Michael Mittermeier included stories of a (fictional) trip to New York. One of them is a visit to a Mexican restaurant. What he didn't know then was that "hot", when describing chili, doesn't mean "a little hot" but "Lucifer-style". Since he was hungry, he ate up all of his chili and only noticed how hot it was after he had eaten it. The most appalling thought, however, was that the chili had to get out again sooner or later. Michael chose the easy way: He went to a hospital and demanded the chili be removed surgically. Brick Joke ensues, but that's another story.
- The whole basis of the series Flaming Brian's Kitchen
- The basis of one video belonging to MarzGurl ; eating a so called Four Horsemen Burger.
- This is a real thing, from Chunky's Burgers in San Antonio, Texas. The "four horsemen" name comes from roasted green chiles, habanero peppers, Serrano peppers, and ghost chilis. The challenge is to eat it within 25 minutes. After consumption, no milk or ice cream can be used to put out the fire for five minutes.
- The LoadingReadyRun sketch Hot & Saucey combines this with Serial Escalation, culminating in a sauce that, if eaten, would wipe out all life on Earth.