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Comments on Monday 6 October 2003:
Knowing my proclivity for consuming comestibles that frighten other people, Holly purchased for me a bottle of chilli cordial. That's right, it's a chilli-based drink-concentrate. The bottle promises that it won't, in fact, explode your head (when diluted properly), but rather has a kick similar to that of proper ginger beer - or, as it's known in America, Supa Hot XXX Jamaican Style Ginger Beer X-treme.

With some trepidation, I prepared some of the concoction in a glass. It smells mildly like chilli. The taste? Well, the bottle wasn't lying, it does have a kick similar to that of proper ginger beer. That's all it has. There is no taste at all, it's like water with the kick of ginger beer. The only purpose that springs to mind for such a substance is to add it to pale American ginger beer to transform it into X-treme Ninja Jinja Beer. [00:46]

Alabaster
LMAO

James
Oddly, I read that as "X-treme Ninja Jinja Bear" and thought: Ravenblack was talking about cordial; where did the weird anime thing come from? Then I reread it and it made more sense.

Nameless
hilarious... you know if you go to mediterranean type bakeries you can get "kick yo ass hot popcorn"( except it's really not, I bought some.)

James
That's just weird. What does a mediterranean bakery have to do with either "kick yo ass hot" or popcorn? That's like a Florida Beach clothing store selling parkas and snowshoes.

Digi
Is 'XXX' used to signify anything but a porn connection?

Kanada Ten
"Is 'XXX' used to signify anything but a porn connection?"

Yes. You see in American culture, XXX porn is considered /extreme to the maximum extent allowable by law/. So any ad or label trying to equate the /extreme to the maximum extent allowable by law/ in America gets a promotional tag of XXX.

I venture to guess this will last only a few years longer with replacements like “ultra” and then later a return to “radical” -following this patriotic period’s backlash (hopefully in less than four years).

Nameless
James- I don't know, I only shop there. But the picture of a rabid-looking, frothing at the mouth ass type creature on the bag amused me.

James (shades)
"xxx" actually goes back quite a ways; I believe it's a turn-of-the-century thing, and indicated strong liquor. Good luck finding anything about it online though...

Tom
http://fireworksfoods.com.au/ is a good supplier of chilli based goodness. They have a chilli lime cooler http://fireworksfoods.com.au/Web/3159.htm which I've never tried but just ordered. Has the merit of being useful as a dipping sauce.

Have you tried Bundaberg Ginger Beer btw? Rather good.

Australia went past XXX a long time ago, with the creation of XXXX beer. You people are wimps. Sorry.

Digi
Castlemaine is nasty, taste-bud-boring, antipedian midge piss. Sorry.

Tom
Tsk, you brew the stuff over there under license, if you can't do it right don't complain.
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