I've ordered a few times from Maritime Madness and have always been ecstatic with the sauces. When they had the last sale on, I did some research (watching the videos of the challenge) and decided to by the two pack. I got them this morning. Not the hottest I have ever experienced but by god it's a good second. The fact it wasn't the hottest didn't matter; what did matter is the manner in which the heat was delivered. I will start at the beginning and progress through the experience. On first look, the brittle looked well behaved yet mischievous, an unassuming square with a reddish dusting. Being cautious, I wore gloves as I removed the "treat" from the package. The first sniff was inconclusive and after a moment of hesitation, I stuffed the square into my mouth. Here is where the insidious nature of the challenge comes into play; as I was chewing, the brittle became less brittle and more gooey. I could immediately taste the peppers but wasn't overly concerned as I've had reapers before. If you enjoy the flavour of hot peppers, you will probably find this tasty. The introspection on the flavour lasted for approximately 10 seconds as the heat started to kick in. The heat built and built and built. My tongue became numb, the roof of my mouth began to tingle as the heat became fully pronounced, and yet, it got hotter. I swallowed and was rewarded by the burn consuming the back of my throat. I thought to myself, "Now I wait for the eventual loss of heat." I was wrong, the gooey brittle was still stuck in my teeth and continued to feed the fire. This forced me to use my tongue in a foolish attempt to dislodge the candied goodness. My tongue screamed voicelessly at my stupidity. My eyes began to sweat and my nose began to cry. After enduring this "entertainment" for an eternity (about 4 minutes to those watching from the outside), I took some refreshment to cool myself. The heat did go down fairly quickly but it has been nearly 8 hours since I did this, and my tongue is still sensitive. Meanwhile the second chunk is sitting in the corner mocking me to do it again. Well done Maritime Madness, well done.
This review is fantastic Robert, thank you!
I'm glad you liked (??!) the challenge...question is...will you give-in to the 'mockery' and eat the second piece or gift it to a 'friend'?! Ha!
I read these other reviews, and wonder, what did I do wrong? I mean, I suffered for a good 30 minutes, and then felt unpleasant for an hour after, but that was it... Other than some cramping overnight.
Having said that, WOAH!!! There is no heat ceiling to this brittle. It just gets hotter and hotter until every nerve in your mouth is screaming for mercy. I have a 5 minute rule with really spicy stuff. By 5 minutes, this felt like it was getting hotter, not waning. By the 30 minute mark, I was on my way to recovery.
I would definitely do it again with the right people. Fantastic product, worth trying if you like suffering for a good laugh.
Bahahaha, great review Jason! Suffering for a laugh...with the right friends is worth it!
I grow reapers and different crosses..ate the one chip challenge as well and love Spicy food . But there is just something about this little beast. Great flavour and a lingering burn. First time I’ve ever had my lower abdomen burn like that !! Well done!!
Thanks for taking the Challenge!!
I found the heat on my tongue to be much more tolerable than the stomach cramps that started ~ 30 minutes later.Your videos only show the initial impact, not the “30 minutes, 1 hour + after consumption”. This might be an Important piece of information/warning for the unsuspecting challengers. It was quite the experience. ✅
Everyone reacts differently to spicy food challenges, and it especially depends on what you consume after to try and cut the heat.
The One Chunk Challenge is the hottest item we make, hopefully you get the chance to try some of our other 'not so crazy hot' products!