Oh, it’s on!  Last week, I asked Naomi in the front office to pick up some spicy chips so we could host a little lunchtime challenge.  Well, she went me one better – first, creating the above prototype banner for the event; then, forwarding me the following email…

Hi Joe,

We’ve done some research on your spicy chip challenge and would like to propose that we expand to an all-round spicy food competition.
Unfortunately, in Canada we do not have great access to the world’s spicier chips and the ultimate spicy chip, the Paqui Carolina Reeper, is no longer being manufactured. (We did find one on eBay but Robbie is being unreasonable and refuses to pay $120 for a single chip).
Competition Rules/Format:
1) Spicy Foods will remain secret until the time of presentation.
2) Competitors must finish within the allotted time in order to move on to the next round.
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Up to Round 3 seems doable, but Round 4 is pretty damn red and Round 5… Look out!

11 thoughts on “April 1, 2019: Hellmouth!

  1. Let me know ASAP if you want any Texas heat. Himself flies to YTO this Thurs., 4 April; I could send a little something with him.

  2. Good luck to all the mouth scorchers, this is one way to spice up a Monday. I prefer sweet and tangy with heat. Yogurt is great to battle scorched tracheas, it sticks to the sides better than milk.

  3. Looks like a lot of fun! Naomi at the front desk came up with this plan herself? I’m super jealous, your workplace sounds awesome.

    My boss used to grow Carolina reapers and would bring in the blender once every two weeks to make his famous spicy green salsa for the team. Talk about hot!!!

  4. I like spicy food as much as the next person… but, I really don’t understand why anyone would do this to themselves!?

    BTW, here’s a funny story about my son:

    We visited a hot sauce store and my 13-year-old son insisted that he wanted to try the hottest sauce in the store. Meanwhile a man in the store had just tried it and was in tears. Jonathan put a whole spoonful of it on a chip and put it in his mouth. He chewed it up and said that it wasn’t that hot. The owner of the store was impressed. My son then asked me if I was going to try it… I said, “Do I look stupid to you?!” My 11-year-old daughter said she’d try it… Same thing. She said it wasn’t that hot.

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