Dunkin’ Donuts has introduced the Spicy Ghost Pepper Donut. The donut is topped with strawberry frosting laced with ghost pepper, and it will only be available until December. Whether you look at it as a Halloween prank or a new nirvana in indulgent eating is up to you, but Josh Gondelman tried one out and reports his findings.
At the very least, it’s a fascinating experience. Even though it’s not complementary to the donut’s sweetness, the level of heat is, strangely, perfect. It falls halfway between a lie (“This isn’t even spicy!”) and a dare (“It’s free if you can finish the whole thing!”). My wife, after taking a bite, wondered how many spicy donuts one could eat before tapping out. And that’s it exactly: The Spicy Ghost Pepper Donut feels engineered to be consumed en masse as part of a donut-eating challenge between high school students, or a technically-not-abuse fraternity initiation ritual. That said, I have to imagine that the lingering warm sensation pairs terribly with hot coffee or even “the morning” in general. But other than that, eating one is pretty enjoyable.
He's got a lot more to say about the new pepper donut at The Ringer.