You know the hot sauce is a bit on the extreme side when you are required to sign a waiver to even try it. Randy Schmitz wasn’t going to back down from a challenge, so he signed the waiver for the Flashbang sauce.
No, this is not the kind of hot sauce you put on your wings for gameday. Unless there is something off about you. Flashbang combines Carolina Reaper, scorpion, Jolokia and habanero peppers into a mix to dare customers.
Schmitz was in Myrtle Beach, SC, vacationing with his fiancee and family when they dropped in on a Pepper Palace, a chain that sells a variety of hot sauce condiments.
Waiver signed, he downed the sample. And from there it all went wrong and then incredibly right. He wrote a letter to the Pepper Palace explaining the events.
“It was pretty darn hot, but since I didn’t have a huge amount of it, I got over it in a few minutes. My sister was about to take the challenge and sign her name too. I told her to wait cause I wasn’t feeling so well.”
Schmitz stepped outside for some air on a bench, and his health took a turn for the worse. “The next thing I knew I had woken up on a stretcher in a hospital room, covered in vomit,” he said in the letter.
He had suffered a seizure, possibly from the hot sauce, which required an immediate MRI scan. What doctors found was an early stage tumor on his frontal lobe. He flew back home to Chicago and doctors at Northwestern Memorial removed the malignant tumor.
With his treatment completed early, his wedding wasn’t even postponed. He credits the Flashbang hot sauce as saving his life.
“The doctors did not know how long the cancerous tumor had been there and they said if it did not get activated, it would have just kept growing and expanding. I had surgery, got the tumor removed, went on radiation and chemotherapy, and I am now cancer free!! Your Flashbang Pepper Sauce SAVED MY LIFE!!!!
For his belated wedding gift, the Pepper Palace sent the couple a year’s supply of hot sauce, including Flashbang, the brand that started him on this adventure.
Being a smart man, Randy Schmitz has not tried the sauce again. He says he’s a little bit nervous. Yeah a seizure outside of a store in Myrtle Beach will definitely make you hesitant.
Me? I’m sticking to the tried and true Texas Pete. Just enough heat to make it interesting. I’ve done the college dares of insane hot sauces and they never ended well.
What about you? Share with me the hottest brand you’ve ever tried and share the post with your friends. Who can one up each other?