Feeling Hot Hot Hot with Bick’s®

Spicy, flavourful, colourful and delicious. If you have a chili-head or heat-lover in your family, Bick's® has the facts, tips and recipes to bring them joy this month. From tangy to fiery, Bick's can help warm you up from the inside out.

What makes a pepper hot?

One of the active components found in chili peppers is capsaicin. It is this capsaicin that creates the spice and heat that we love from chili peppers.

How Hot is Hot?

What may taste mild to some is hot to others. So how is the heat level in peppers and chilies measured? In 1912, Wilbur Scoville developed a scale called the "Scoville Scale" which measures the pungency level of any given pepper. There are other methods of measuring "heat" but most folks still use and respect the Scoville scale. To put the scale into perspective, a sweet bell pepper has a Scoville rating of 0. A jalapeño pepper has a Scoville rating of 2,500 to 8,000. A habanero or scotch bonnet chili has a Scoville rating of 350,000 to 580,000. Definitely two peppers where the adage "a little goes a long way" is true.

Too spicy? Here's the cure!

A refreshing glass of cold milk is an effective way to help cool down your mouth after an extra spicy bite. Other helpful mouth chillers are sour cream and yogurt.

What is the hottest part of the chili pepper?

The white, spongy ribs found inside raw peppers are the hottest parts of a pepper. If you are preparing raw chili peppers at home, you may want to wear a pair of rubber gloves. Better yet – leave the pepper prep to the experts at Bick's®. Their special methods ensure that your favourite peppers and pickled vegetables deliver a uniform and thoroughly enjoyable level of heat in every bite.


Related Recipes

Bick's® Mixed Pickle Dip

Bick's® Mixed Pickle Dip
A bright, crunchy, spicy blend of vegetables including hot peppers, pickle chunks, cauliflower, carrots, and green tomato all combined in a spicy brine. Perfect served as an antipasto, an appetizer or a spicy snack. Have unexpected guests coming by? With a jar of Bick's® Hot Mix Pickles in the refrigerator, you can quickly pull together this simple recipe for a zesty and refreshing dip to serve with nacho chips.

Chicken Fajitas Chicken Fajitas
Hot and spicy and full of bold banana pepper flavour. These colourful gems are ready to use right from the jar as a topping on pizza, an ingredient in dishes such as fajitas and pasta, or a mealtime condiment for a main dish. Give them a try in this savoury Chicken Fajitas recipe from Bick's®.
Pickled Guacamole Pickled Guacamole
The spicy flavour of banana peppers gives this relish its bold kick. Great as an ingredient in dips, sauces, and spreads, Bick's® Hot Pepper Relish is an easy and delicious way to take the heat up a notch as we did in this irresistible guacamole dip.