It is traditional to eat red foods on Valentines Day. In line with the romantic theme, such things as cherries and strawberries are usually preferred.
For this occasion, Aldwych Cafe and Ice Cream Parlour in Glasgow, Scotland, has rolled out a special pink ice cream. However, the colouring does not comes from berries, but a secret mix of chillis.
Called Respiro del Diavolo, or “Devil’s Breath,” the ice cream includes a variety of chilli pepper called the Carolina Reaper. This pepper is 500 times hotter than Tabasco, and more than a hundred times hotter than a jalapeño.
According to the Scoville scale, a measurement of the pungency (spicy heat) of chilli peppers, the Carolina Reaper has a level of over 1.5 million SHU (Scoville heat units). It has long been considered the hottest pepper in the world. Last year it was beaten by Mike Smith's Dragon's Breath chilli, at 2.48 million SHU.
That still makes Respiro del Diavolo the world’s hottest ice cream. The cafe will not serve it to anyone under 18, and customers have to sign a waiver freeing the cafe from any responsibility for “personal injury, illness, and possible loss of life.”
The recipe is said to have originated in Italy, and is the cafe owner’s family secret.
It is not likely to find its way onto supermarket shelves, so unfortunately fans of chilli will have to go to Scotland to try this delicacy.