Ghost Pepper McChicken
By Jerrison Oracion, Senior Columnist
After eating the first two sandwiches, which did not give me the “spice face” mentioned in McDonald’s commercials, I was finally able find out if I could accomplish the full challenge with the last sandwich in the Spicy McChicken series—the Ghost Pepper McChicken.
Ghost pepper used to be thought of as the spiciest chili until it was surpassed by the Carolina Reaper in 2013. Its actual name is Bhut jolokia, and it ranks between 855,000 and 1,041,427 Scoville heat units.
I found that there was not a lot of sauce in the sandwich itself, which may be because it is supposed to be super spicy—or it might just be because the quality of McDonald’s is fairly inconsistent, especially with new products. Either way, the limited sauce may not have given the full effect of the pepper. I ate the sandwich and initially it was not spicy. So, I took another bite and I started to taste the pepper. It definitely has more heat than the previous sandwich. As I was eating through it, my mouth got warmer, but I was able to handle it and I did not give in to “spice face.”
Overall, the spicy McChickens were very flavourful. If you would like to do the challenge yourself, the sandwiches are still available at McDonald’s until March 11.