Death Nut Challenge: 5 levels of burn at Salsa Night Market

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Saturday’s Salsa Night Market brought out throngs of people to Copper Sky Regional Park to see live entertainment and sample products from dozens of local businesses.

A brave few sat down and tried their luck at the “Death Nut Challenge 3.0,” a hot-nut challenge sold by Blazing Foods with many warnings.

The “Death Nut,” the fifth and final fiery morsel, is made with a new super-hot pepper distillate spray-dried into a powder form to deliver a whopping 16 million Scoville Heat Units. But the challenge is spicy from the start.

Each of the five levels starts with a base peanut made with a dose of Carolina Reaper to establish consistent flavor and heat. The small-batch nuts are then made progressively hotter with a load of the world’s hottest peppers. Here’s the breakdown on the active ingredients for each level:

  • Level 1 – Datil Peppers and West Indies Scotch Bonnet
  • Level 2 – Ghost Peppers and 7-Pot Brain Strain
  • Level 3 – Double shot of Ghost Peppers and 7-Pot Douglah
  • Level 4 – Double shot of Carolina Reaper Peppers, a double shot of 7-Pot Brain Strain and Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Peppers
  • Level 5 – Triple shot of Carolina Reaper Peppers, a double shot of Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Peppers, the explosive 7-Pot Primo Pepper and the 16 million-Scoville Capsaicin Crystals

You can buy some at Death Nut Challenge Version 3.0 – Death Nuts

City spokesman Luis Vila said an estimated 5,000 people attended the event, where the main attraction was salsa – lots and lots of salsa. March’s Salsa Night Market excluded salsa-tasting portion due to COVID-19. A panel of judges awarded the biggest prizes in the event’s history. Read about the Salsa Contest winners here.