6 ghost pepper treats turn Disneyland into the Hottest Place on Earth this Halloween

Disneyland chefs are turning up the heat this Halloween season with six ghost pepper treats using the legendary chili that blows the top off the Scoville Scale as the culinary staff attempts to turn the Anaheim theme park into the Hottest Place on Earth.

Disneyland’s culinary team used ghost peppers as ingredients this Halloween season in the preparation of churros, nachos, potato bites, pastrami sandwiches and a pair of Micheladas beer cocktails.

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The six ghost pepper treats are among hundreds of new and returning food and beverage items created for the Halloween season by the Disneyland culinary staff.

The ghost pepper was ranked as the world’s hottest chili pepper in 2007, knocking off previous champion Red Savina, according to Guinness World Records. The Bhut Jolokia, as the ghost pepper is known in India, has a staggering Scoville Scale score of 1,041,427 heat units.

That’s six times hotter than a habanero pepper, 200 times hotter than a jalapeño and 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce, according to hot sauce aficionados.

The ghost pepper is so spicy that the Indian army uses them in chili grenades to disperse rioting crowds and Indian farmers smear ghost peppers on fences to keep away wild elephants.

The title of world’s spiciest pepper was passed on to the Infinity Chili in 2011, Trinidad Scorpion in 2012 and Carolina Reaper in 2013.

But that doesn’t make the ghost pepper any less spicy. An American man burned a hole in his throat in 2016 after eating a hamburger covered in ghost pepper puree, according to the Journal of Emergency Medicine.

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Let’s take a closer look at the six ghost pepper treats turning up the heat this Halloween season at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

1) Pistachio-Cherry Churro: Cinnamon churro rolled in pistachio and sour cherry sugars and served with a side of ghost pepper grape sauce. Available at New Orleans Square Churro Cart in Disneyland.

2) Ghost Pepper Nachos: Charred ghost pepper-marinated chicken, smoky ghost pepper cheese sauce, black bean puree, avocado tomatillo salsa and seasoned tomatoes. Available at Lamplight Lounge Boardwalk Dining in Disney California Adventure.

3) Ghost Pepper Potato Bites: Served with ghost pepper cheese sauce, smoky bacon and pickled jalapeños. Available at Studio Catering Co. in DCA.

4) Pastrami Sandwich: Ghost pepper cheese sauce and house-made sauerkraut on a toasted French roll. Available at Pacific Wharf Cafe in DCA.

5) Ghost Pepper Michelada: Tomato-based michelada with ghost pepper syrup and Mala Suerte Mexican Dark Lager. Available at Hollywood Lounge in DCA.

6) Modelo Especial Ghost Pepper Michelada: Served with ghost pepper syrup, chile-lime seasoning and lime. Available at Hollywood Lounge in DCA.

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Five of the fiery treats are new for this season, with the Ghost Pepper Potato Bites the lone returning item from past Halloweens.

All six ghost pepper food and beverage items go on sale at the parks starting Friday, Sept. 2. The Ghost Pepper Nachos are available through Oct. 31 with the other blazing bites and beers sticking around through Nov. 10.

Everything but the Pistachio-Cherry Churros and Ghost Pepper Nachos can be picked up via mobile order through the Disneyland app.

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Halloween Time runs at Disneyland from Sept. 2 through Oct. 31 and Plaza de la Familia takes over DCA’s Paradise Gardens on Sept. 2 through Nov. 2. The Oogie Boogie Bash separate-admission, after-hours event runs on select nights from Sept. 6 through Oct. 31 at Disney California Adventure.

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