You think you’ve tackled ultra-hot products before? Very few things have likely remotely close to Texas Creek Products Pure Evil SHU Capsaicin Drops. This stuff comes in a 1/2 ounce dropper bottle and contains pure 15-16 million SHU crystalline capsaicin, along with water, alcohol, ascorbic acid (aka Vitamin C) and xanthan. Although it should ONLY be used as a food additive (and even so it would be extreme), I tried about 6 drops straight on my tongue.
You would not believe the amount of heat from this. You know, I love a good chile pain and a burn, but this product crosses the line into “bad pain” territory. It stopped being pleasant. It’s unreal. It’s an absolutely unrelenting burn that, unlike super-hot peppers or extracts, doesn’t go away until well after 30 minutes. At around 60-90 minutes after taking some of this, a lot of the discomfort went away yet I still felt the heat on my tongue where the drops fell and my lips were numb.
I would advise all of you, even seasoned chileheads, NOT to try this product like this. It’s convinced me to never do another heat challenge or contest again. Where else would you go from here? there’s nothing more to prove. I’m going to stick to nice, clean burns that come naturally from chile peppers. NO more extracts or capsaicin.
By the way, pure capsaicin does NOT thankfully have the nasty flavor of chile pepper extract. It’s a good, clean taste. As I point out in the video, the only disagreeable taste is that of the alcohol used in the Pure Evil Drops. I don’t think this would effect the overall flavor of whatever food to which you’re adding this, such as a bowl of chile or a saucepan of taco seasoned beef.
The dropper bottle comes on a collector’s tin and costs $19.99 plus shipping on the Texas Creek Products website.
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