7 Pot Bubblegum: Lip Smacking Burn

| July 26, 2017 (Last Updated: May 15, 2020)

Unique cap and stem coloration separates from the pack…

7 Pot Bubblegum fast facts:

  • Scoville heat units (SHU): 850,000 – 1,000,000 SHU
  • Median heat: 550 SHU
  • Origin: United Kingdom (by John Harper)
  • Capsicum species: Chinense
  • Jalapeño reference scale: 106 to 400 times hotter
  • Use: Culinary
  • Size: Approximately 2 inches long, bulbous
  • Flavor: Sweet, Fruity

No doubt the 7 Pot Bubblegum (a.k.a. the Bleeding Bubblegum) has a legit heat pedigree – it’s a cross between the wickedly hot 7 Pot Yellow and the even more wicked Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, placing the 7 Pot Bubblegum among the hottest peppers in the world. But it’s not only its fire that gives this super-hot pepper its cult following. It’s also the bleeding of red color that moves from the pepper itself into the cap and stalk of the chili – a unique feature among hot peppers.

How hot is the 7 Pot Bubblegum?

Its heat is comparable to that of a ghost pepper (Bhut Jolokia), ranging from 850,000 to 1,000,000 Scoville heat units (SHU). That’s big-time heat, though not quite the heights of peppers like the Carolina Reaper (up to 2.2 million SHU) or even the 7 Pot Bubblegum’s hybrid parent – the Moruga Scorpion (up to 2 million SHU). It’s also slightly below the common Trinidad 7 Pot pepper (1.2 million SHU at its peak).

Still, its a heat not to be taken lightly. Compared to a jalapeño pepper (our reference point), the 7 Pot Bubblegum ranges from 106 to 400 times hotter. This is a level of heat where protection is needed when you’re handling the chili. Wear gloves and kitchen goggles, or expect to combat a severe chili burn from the oils of the 7 Pot Bubblegum. Just the handling of the pepper can cause it, so take precaution (and know how to remedy chili burn just in case).

What does the 7 Pot Bubblegum look like and taste like?

Its look is the key differentiator compared to most everything else on the pepper scale – but not where you may expect. The 7 Pot Bubblegum has a shape between a 7 Pot and scorpion pepper. They grow to approximately 2 inches in length and 1 inch in width. It’s a pod-like bulbous shape, wrinkled and misshaped like other super-hots. They age from green to a bubblegum red, increasing in heat along the way. There are also other varieties, like yellow and chocolate, that age to those corresponding colors.

7 Pot Bubblegum

Where it’s unique is in the cap (called the calyx) and the stem. The 7 Pot Bubblegum often (but not always) bleeds its red hue into the calyx and stem as it ages. The calyx almost has the appearance of a piece of chewed bubblegum pressed to hold the chili pod to the stem itself.

In terms of flavor, like other super-hots behind the extreme heat is a fruity sweetness – though you’ll be hard-pressed to enjoy it as the heat of the 7 Pot comes on fast.

How can you use a 7 Pot Bubblegum?

Again like with other 7 Pot peppers (and super-hot chilies), a little goes a very long way. 7 Pot chilies get their name for the fact that one pod can easily provide enough spiciness for 7 pots of soup. There are also more extreme culinary uses, like scorching hot sauces – though other super-hots (like the ghost pepper) provide similar heat and are much easier to source.

Where can you buy 7 Pot Bubblegum?

These are not easy to source fresh. The fact is, the 7 Pot Bubblegum is a unique hybrid and not commonly grown for commercial use. If you’re a gardener with extreme tastes (and a flair for the unique), you can buy 7 Pot Bubblegum seeds online (Amazon). Or, if you have chili farms near you, call to assess availability. Though other more common 7 Pot peppers will likely have a greater chance of being available. They’ll provide similar flavor and often more heat, but of course without that unique colorful stem.

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