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Hot sauce is just behind social gaming and solar panel manufacturing as one of the faster-growing industries in the US. And that means the race is on to grow the craziest, baddest, hottest chile peppers -- called superhots by those in the highly competitive chili pepper-growing world. With names like Ghost Pepper and Carolina Reaper, these peppers will make you cry, drool, and even get sick if you aren't careful.
Makes one 9x13 pan
1 1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
2 cups dark chocolate chips
1 to 2 pinches dried superhot chili pod (we used the Moruga Scorpion), ground to a powder, or other ground chili pepper of your choice
Photo by James Ransom.