GE announced in January that it had paired up with Thrillist to create a diabolical hot sauce made from a blend of the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper and the hottest pepper in the world, the Carolina Reaper.
When the sauce became available, I decided to do something that borders on insanity: eat it.
The sauce has been dubbed "10^32 Kelvin," a play on the term "absolute hot" where nothing can exist. This is a fair moniker, as the Carolina Reaper is 120-340 times hotter than a jalapeño.
The bottle comes shipped in a case made of "super ceramic" silicon carbide with nickel alloy caps. They were engineered by the same people at GE responsible for making parts capable of standing up to the heat of jet engines, to it's perfect for withstanding the heat of the sauce.
Is the case a total gimmick? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely.
The silicon carbide looks amazingly sparkly and the nickel alloy caps are much heavier than you'd think they'd be. It's a conversation starter, to be sure.
I don't even know what I'm going to use the case for in the future, aside from looking at it thinking, "Man, that is cool." But you know what? That's enough for me.
When I was asked to try 10^32 K for myself, I was admittedly a little hesitant.
Now, I'm no stranger to spicy foods. I've had ghost pepper pizza and wings so spicy that they required signing a waiver before I was allowed to eat them. Even on a day-to-day basis, I usually put a kick on my plate in the form of cayenne, wasabi, Sriracha, or jalapeños. Still, 10^32 K did give me some pause.
I decided to try the 10^32 K out on a plain bean burrito so there wouldn't be any strong flavors to compete with the hot sauce. I would soon learn, however, that it didn't matter what food I put the hot sauce on, there's no way I would be confused about what I was tasting.
Within moments of the first molecules hitting my tongue, 10^32 K was pretty much like this:
Who needed that stomach lining anyway?
Aside from the initial shock of the heat—and later from the god-awful heat-induced hiccups—10^32 Kelvin is fairly tasty. Is it the hottest thing I've ever had? I'm not sure. It was pretty delicious with the bean burrito but would probably be killer inside a pot of chili or in a Bloody Mary (that'll definitely wake you up at Sunday brunch!)
I do have a word of warning to anyone else wanting to try 10^32 K: a little dab'll do ya. Don't get too carried away, lest your insides completely melt within your body.
The bottle should last a while, which is a good thing because you can't just swing by the store and pick up more. It's not even possible to hit up their website and order it.
The limited production of 1000 bottles of 10^32 K sold out nearly immediately at $19.99 each.
All isn't lost, though, because there is an opportunity to win a bottle, as long as you enter before May 4.
Cover image: GE