This Valentine’s day, Scottish ice cream parlor, Aldwych Café, has created a delicate, ballerina pink dessert to entice its love-struck clientele. Tread perilously, however, because the bubble-gum pink hue of this frozen treat is not a result of a mixture of robust red berries, it is the result of the ice cream’s main ingredient, The Carolina Reaper, the hottest chili in the world.
Respiro Del Diavolo, or Breath of the Devil, is an ice cream infused with ferociously spicy Carolina Reaper peppers and described by the shop as “a thermal nuclear explosion in your mouth.” Not only is this ice cream so devastatingly hot that employees are required to serve it wearing gloves, anyone brave enough to try this treat must be over 18 years old and must sign a waiver acknowledging that consuming this ice cream might cause serious injury.
The Carolina Reaper chili pepper boasts 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units (the unit by which a spiciness of chili peppers is measured). With an average jalapeno pepper measuring about 3,000 Scoville Heat Units, you can quickly guestimate just how destructive a serving of Respiro Del Diavolo is.
Braver souls than we will surely be partaking in this challenge over Valentine’s Day, but we recommend a visit to Frenzi for folks who prefer their frozen treats to leave them feeling jovial and content rather than sweaty and possibly traumatized.