Jelly Belly Turns Up the Scovilles With New Sriracha, Jalapeño, and Carolina Reaper Flavors

Despite what you may think, the sriracha bean is actually the mildest of the five.
Despite what you may think, the sriracha bean is actually the mildest of the five.
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People are no longer afraid of a little spice; in fact, they demand it. According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. hot sauce industry generated $700 million in 2018 alone, a gain of nearly 25 percent over the previous five years. And in the snack aisle, every company wants to be the lord of the Scoville unit—it’s why ghost pepper, habañero, and sriracha flavors have made their way onto chips, into beer, and into the coating on candy canes. But it turns out that in their mad pursuit for tongue-scalding dominance, they may have all been bested by … a jelly bean.

That a line of jelly beans has officially entered the hot-and-spicy market with such ease might be surprising, until you realize it’s all the brainchild of the flavor scientists at Jelly Belly, a company famous for perfecting the classic jelly bean varieties, while conjuring up welcome new ones. In some circles, though, they’re far more notorious for their bizarre "prank" flavors, like the horrifically accurate snot- and barf-flavored jelly beans from a few years back.

These new hot pepper-flavored beans come from the company’s new Fiery Five line, and they’re available in sriracha, jalapeño, cayenne, habañero, and Carolina Reaper flavors, all of which were made with real pepper purée.

A picture of a Carolina Reaper pepper
It's suggested you wear glove when even just touching a Carolina Reaper.
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The first sign that these beans might be more than a passing novelty confronts you right on the box, where the company proudly flaunts a warning label that claims this candy shouldn’t be eaten by anyone under the age of 13 or the elderly (or pets, for that matter). And marketing fluff, it is not. We held a taste test at Mental Floss to gauge the reactions to the Fiery Five, and, well, there were a lot of perspiring foreheads around the office. We started with the mildest of the bunch: sriracha.

“It tastes like I’m eating Korean food,” Justin Dodd, Mental Floss video producer, says. “Very savory, pretty nice kick, not painful at all.”

While sriracha has all the spicy street cred, it’s relatively tame in terms of actual punch. According to Jelly Belly, this one comes in at 2200 Scoville heat units, meaning it would take 2200 cups of water to completely dilute the heat of one cup of sriracha.

After sriracha comes jalapeño (5000 Scovilles), cayenne (50,000 Scovilles), habañero (350,000 Scovilles), and the Carolina Reaper at a sinus-clearing 2.2 million Scovilles.

Jelly Belly's Fiery Five jellybeans.
Of the bunch, the group generally agreed that the jalapeño jellybean tastes the most authentic.
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“Cayenne was less spicy than sriracha and jalapeño to me,” Jon Mayer, senior video producer at Mental Floss, says. “They both hurt your nose, though.”

Overall, the team found the jalapeño jellybean tasted the most authentic, while the spice of the habañero was impressive, despite it taking a few seconds to creep in.

Then came the Reaper.

“The Carolina Reaper similarly doesn’t hit you hard at first, but then it really gets you in your throat,” Mayer says. “It’s the only one that made me tear up.”

Similarly, Adam Weinrib, senior editor at 12up.com (also part of Minute Media), says the Reaper “torched our mouths and had us running to the communal fridge for glasses of milk. Plural.”

For my part, I almost needed a change of shirt after just one Reaper. After trying all five, I bravely walked off into the elevator bank to collect myself.

So, no, Jelly Belly’s Fiery Five is not a novelty to just pop into your mouth. It’s for serious spice lovers that don’t mind a little smoke coming from their ears. If you’re up to the challenge, you can head to JellyBelly.com to buy bags ($30) or boxes ($8) of these nuclear snacks.

You can also download the Bean Boozled app and dare a friend to take the Fiery Five Challenge, where you're tasked with spinning the virtual wheel and eating whatever jelly bean the arrow lands on. Then, you can share your reactions (tears and all) online.

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10 of the Most Popular Portable Bluetooth Speakers on Amazon

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Altech/Bose/JBL/Amazon

As convenient as smartphones and tablets are, they don’t necessarily offer the best sound quality. But a well-built portable speaker can fill that need. And whether you’re looking for a speaker to use in the shower or a device to take on a long camping trip, these bestselling models from Amazon have you covered.

1. OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Portable Speaker; $26-$30 (4.4 stars)

Oontz portable bluetooth speaker
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Of the 57,000-plus reviews that users have left for this speaker on Amazon, 72 percent of them are five stars. So it should come as no surprise that this is currently the best-selling portable Bluetooth speaker on the site. It comes in eight different colors and can play for up to 14 hours straight after a full charge. Plus, it’s splash proof, making it a perfect speaker for the shower, beach, or pool.

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2. JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker; $110 (4.6 stars)

JBL portable bluetooth speaker
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This nifty speaker can connect with up to three devices at one time, so you and your friends can take turns sharing your favorite music. Its built-in battery can play music for up to 20 hours, and it can even charge smartphones and tablets via USB.

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3. Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker; $25-$28 (4.6 stars)

Anker portable bluetooth speaker
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This speaker boasts 24-hour battery life and a strong Bluetooth connection within a 66-foot radius. It also comes with a built-in microphone so you can easily take calls over speakerphone.

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4. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker; $129 (4.4 stars)

Bose portable bluetooth speaker
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Bose is well-known for building user-friendly products that offer excellent sound quality. This portable speaker lets you connect to the Bose app, which makes it easier to switch between devices and personalize your settings. It’s also water-resistant, making it durable enough to handle a day at the pool or beach.

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5. DOSS Soundbox Touch Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker; $28-$33 (4.4 stars)

DOSS portable bluetooth speaker
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This portable speaker features an elegant system of touch controls that lets you easily switch between three methods of playing audio—Bluetooth, Micro SD, or auxiliary input. It can play for up to 20 hours after a full charge.

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6. Altec Lansing Mini Wireless Bluetooth Speaker; $15-$20 (4.3 stars)

Altec Lansing portable bluetooth speaker
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This lightweight speaker is built for the outdoors. With its certified IP67 rating—meaning that it’s fully waterproof, shockproof, and dust proof—it’s durable enough to withstand harsh environments. Plus, it comes with a carabiner that can attach to a backpack or belt loop.

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7. Tribit XSound Go Bluetooth Speaker; $33-$38 (4.6 stars)

Tribit portable bluetooth speaker
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Tribit’s portable Bluetooth speaker weighs less than a pound and is fully waterproof and resistant to scratches and drops. It also comes with a tear-resistant strap for easy transportation, and the rechargeable battery can handle up to 24 hours of continuous use after a full charge. In 2020, it was Wirecutter's pick as the best budget portable Bluetooth speaker on the market.

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8. VicTsing SoundHot C6 Portable Bluetooth Speaker; $18 (4.3 stars)

VicTsing portable bluetooth speaker
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The SoundHot portable Bluetooth speaker is designed for convenience wherever you go. It comes with a detachable suction cup and a carabiner so you can keep it secure while you’re showering, kayaking, or hiking, to name just a few.

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9. AOMAIS Sport II Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker; $30 (4.4 stars)

AOMAIS portable bluetooth speaker
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This portable speaker is certified to handle deep waters and harsh weather, making it perfect for your next big adventure. It can play for up to 15 hours on a full charge and offers a stable Bluetooth connection within a 100-foot radius.

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10. XLEADER SoundAngel Touch Bluetooth Speaker; $19-$23 (4.4 stars)

XLeader portable bluetooth speaker
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This stylish device is available in black, silver, gold, and rose gold. Plus, it’s equipped with Bluetooth 5.0, a more powerful technology that can pair with devices up to 800 feet away. The SoundAngel speaker itself isn’t water-resistant, but it comes with a waterproof case for protection in less-than-ideal conditions.

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Make Breakfast for the Family in a Flash With the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

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Dash/Amazon

The number of ways you can eat eggs is limited only by your cooking ability and imagination. Now, thanks to the foolproof Dash Rapid Egg Cooker, even that doesn't have to hold you back, because you'll be able to prepare your eggs exactly how you like them in just minutes—no flipping, stirring, or frying required.

Weighing roughly 1 pound and measuring 7.5 inches across, this egg cooker is the perfect size for a shelf or countertop. Its design accommodates a variety of egg preparations, so if you like your eggs boiled, you can fit up to six of them on the tray at once and cook them until they're soft-boiled, hard-boiled, or somewhere in between. The cooker also features trays for poaching eggs and making omelettes.

Rapid Egg Cooker.
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The device comes with a measuring cup showing how much water you need to cook each style of egg, and it buzzes and shuts off automatically when they're done. That way, you can make your perfect breakfast even before you've had your first cup of coffee.

The gadget is super popular with breakfast-lovers. It has a 4.6-star rating on Amazon, and the online retailer lists it as one the most-loved items on the site. You can purchase it on Amazon today for $20.

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