I grew one little plant last year. Obviously I didn't put it in the right place. I got one (1) pepper! I don't even remember now if it was hot or not. LOL but I did eat it!
Seriously caseyd, seeing as you seem to have some hands on experience...
1. is there any way to tell whether or not the pepper in your right hand is going to be hotter than the pepper in your left hand? (without taking a bite)
I thought I had read somewhere that the shinier the skin - the hotter? Of course, they all look shiny to me, from Poblano, Jalapeno, Banana, Scotch to Thai and on up.
2. does a pepper lose heat after it is cooked?
3. if #2 is a yes answer, are the popular 'poppers', which are generally made with cheese and often bacon, only cooked to melt the cheese and crisp up the bacon... but not cooking the pepper too much thereby not losing the heat of the jalapeno?
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.