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NYC Hot Sauce Expo Adds Spice to Weekend

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It is not for the faint of heart, but some New Yorkers are testing their palates at the New York City Hot Sauce Expo. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following report.

The heat is on everything, not just in sauces, but things like lollipops and brownies. There are even plenty of hot outfits at the New York City Hot Sauce Expo.

"We like flavor. We're foodies, and we just like to burn when we are tasting that good food," said one attendee.

It is the second year of the event at Penn Plaza Pavilion that brings together the hottest of the hot.

"We'ev got 45 of the best hot sauce companies in America," said Jimmy Carbone, co-founder of the New York City Hot Sauce Expo.

Hundreds of brave souls came out to put their tongues to the test.

"This is incredible. The flavor's on the edge, the cutting edge," said one person. "I'm not a killer heat person, as you can see. I'm already perspiring from all the peppers I've had."

I'm about to try the hottest all-natural sauce in the world. It is made with the reaper pepper, which Guinness World Records has named as the hottest chili on earth.

At first, it's not that bad, but about two minutes later, the effects start kicking in. First, my eyes start watering and my heart is racing. Then, my nose starts running and my face is sweating. My mouth is on fire.

The reaper pepper is the brainchild of Ed Currie. He said that he created it to help combat heart disease and cancer that runs in his family. He eats about 15 of them a day.

"Don't get me wrong. It's still hot. There's nothing you can do to stop the crying or your nose running, anything like that, but you get used to the pain," Currie said. "It's kind of like boxers. You'd ask someone, 'How do you get used to get punched in the face?' Well, you just get used to it."

Just when you think you can't take any more heat, you can cool things down with Spice Cream. Yep, hot sauce-infused ice cream.

"It doesn't seem like it should go together, but it works really well," said David Letterman, the owner of Bonfetto's.

The expo runs through Sunday. Tickets are $12 at the door.

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