Chocolate Bhutlah Pepper

Chocolate Bhutlah Pepper

“TED BARRUS (The Fire Breathing Idiot), he said although the CAROLINA REAPER IS HOT, there is a new pepper that blows the CAROLINA REAPER out of the water called the CHOCOLATE BHUTLAH.” – From The L.A. Beast [1]

  • 7 Pot Douglah X Bhut Jolokia
  • Some claim more than 2,000,000 SHU average
  • Maybe the next Hottest Pepper in the World [1]

About the Chocolate Bhutlah

Chocolate Bhutlah
Chocolate Bhutlah

The Chocolate Bhutlah may be the next pepper to take the Guinness World Record for hottest pepper in the world.  At the time of this writing, that title belongs to the Carolina Reaper.  However, reviewer after reviewer indicate the Chocolate Bhutlah pepper is wildly and wickedly hotter than the Carolina Reaper.

Unfortunately, there is much confusion over what the Chocolate Bhutlah is and is not.  The term ‘Chocolate Bhutlah’ has an odd story.  From what I can tell, the name was initially used to reference a cross between the 7 Pot Douglah and the Bhut Jolokia (ghost pepper).  Chocolate for its color, Bhut for Bhut Jolokia, and lah from Douglah.  I purchased seed stock sold at “Chocolate Bhutlah” from a UK merchant years ago, so I am sure the name was in use at that time.

Chocolate Bhutlah Pepper
Chocolate Bhutlah

While the cross was becoming fairly well known in the UK, a man by the name of Steven McLaurin ( aka “standbyandfire” ) used the name in various forums to discuss his crossing which may have involved a third, but unknown or undisclosed, pepper.  I am unclear on the potential third pepper in Mr McLaurin’s pepper.  For all I know, his pepper could be a particular strain of the 2 pepper cross, maybe one where recessive genes combined just right.  When breeding peppers, sometimes happy surprises take place.

At some point, some growers started calling their pepper the Brown Bhutlah rather than the Chocolate Bhutlah.  Others continued to use the term Chocolate Bhutlah.  This has led to even more confusion.

Chocolate Bhutlah pepper
Chocolate Bhutlah pepper

Ed Currie, inventor of the Carolina Reaper, took an interest in Steven McLaurin’s cross.  The two teamed up.  Mr. McLaurin announced that with the help of Ed Currie the process of making stable his unstable pepper would take much less time.  Shortly there after, the Puckerbutt Pepper Company released a hot sauce called Chocolate Plague.  The hot sauce contained nothing but Mr. McLaurin’s pepper and vinegar however it was not as insanely hot as a person might expect from a pepper that many claim might be the next hottest pepper in the world.

Although very hot, most reviews include commentary that Chocolate Plague hot sauce is not nearly as hot as a person would expect from the Chocolate Bhutlah.  After all, this is the pepper that absolutely floored pepper reviewers.  Many of those reviewers saying the Chocolate Bhutlah pepper is far hotter than the Carolina Reaper.

Chocolate Bhutlah peppers
Chocolate Bhutlah peppers

Make no mistake.  I loved reviewing Chocolate Plague hot sauce.  However, in response to its failure to deliver the legendary heat of the Chocolate Bhutlah pepper, a person has to wonder if the instability of the seed stock does not apply to the heat of its peppers.  My thinking is that with the guidance of Ed Currie, only the hottest examples will be regrown generation after generation and once stable it might be the next hottest pepper in the world.  My thinking is also that many less well known growers are doing the same.

Only time will tell.  Of course the lack of heat could be due to how the peppers were grown or processed.  Either way, we wish the partnership much luck.

Chocolate Bhutlah Seeds

Chocolate Bhutlah plants
Chocolate Bhutlah plants

Many seed companies now offer the “Chocolate Bhutlah”.  Most make no effort what so ever to note the many different variations offered under the name.  Ah, but a picture is worth a thousand words.  We grew the chocolate bhutlah peppers that we have photographed here.

Although we can not post the flavor or describe the heat other than to say it is dangerous, we do use only our own photographs to sell our product.  The Chocolate Bhutlah seeds that we sell were used to grow the peppers in these photographs.  The fresh Chocolate Bhutlah pods that we sell are from the same plants that we grow.

Is it hotter than the Carolina Reaper?  Is this the hottest pepper in the world?  You decide.

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1. Chocolate Bhutlah Challenge – Retrieved January 15, 2015