This week's Shopping Trolley Hotline has compared three chilis available in Irish supermarkets.
The Hard Shoulder’s own Kieran Cuddihy readily admits he is not a huge fan of spicy foods and prefers his meals “at the very tepid end of the range”.
“I don’t find [eating them] comfortable, I feel a bit nauseous,” he said.
“I like my chilli to be milder than mild, almost like downing water.”
Despite this, he boldly volunteered to taste the products Simon Tierney brought to the studio for him.
The first was a Cholula Hot Sauce from Mexico, which was one of the cheaper chili sauces he found.
“This is a really beautiful product, it’s got a lovely carved wooden screw gap,” Simon said.
The second one is Frank’s Red Hot Original - which Simon said should be “very familiar” to people who have been in the States.
“This is famous because it was in the original buffalo wings recipe of 1964,” he said.
Finally, Simon also sourced an Irish one called Inferno Extreme which was made in County Wicklow.
“You can see there is a little label there with the four chilli warning,” he said.
Frank’s Hot Sauce was liberally sprinkled over some nachos and then fed to Kieran who found it “quite spicy”.
“It’s at the upper end of what I [would like],” he said.
“If I ordered a meal that would be as spicy as I would want it.”
After that, he was offered some Cholula and Kieran admitted he was beginning to struggle.
“I’m feeling this at the back of the throat,” he said.
Finally, he ate some nachos with Inferno Extreme on them and his eyes began to water.
“That is too hot, that is way too hot,” he said.
“My body is rejecting it. My body is saying, ‘No, what are you putting inside me?’
“That is too hot for me.”
In the end, Kieran said if he was to eat one with a meal again, he would choose Frank’s “purely because it’s the mildest.”
Main image: Kieran on Shopping Trolley Hotline