Burger King Japan is bringing global warming home this summer... home for dinner! Hot on the heels of the wildly successful Angry Whopper, the fast food giant is set to roll out a burger that makes the AW seem as cute as Hello Kitty. It's called the "Crazy Whopper", and anyone crazy enough to try it can do so starting on Friday, July 23rd of 2010.
What's so crazy about the Crazy Whopper? The peppers are the point. The Angry Whopper gets its heat from green Jalapeno chili peppers, which rate about 5,000 on the Scoville scale. That sounds pretty high but so's the scale: pure Capsaicin scores 15 to 16 million.
Habanero peppers rate up to 500,000 and topping the list for cultivated peppers is India's Bhut Jolokia, the dreaded Ghost Chili. The Guinness World Records folks certified Bhut Jolokia as the world's hottest pepper in 2007, rating some cultivars at a searing 1,000,000 Scoville units! Now that's hot... fries with that?
No one assumes Burger King Japan will be layering slices of Ghost Chili peppers onto their whoppers come July 23rd. Instead, it's likely that some unspecified amount of Bhut Jolokia extract will be infused into a sauce that, while certainly peppery, won't be sending patrons into convulsions or causing them to spontaneously combust.
All BK-J will say for the time being is that the Crazy Whopper will be 30 times spicier than the Angry Whopper. Get your 570 yen (about $6.35) ready and bring LOTS of water. (via Japan Today, JPABC.net and Chokoball Cafe)