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Hormel Announces World’s Hottest Canned Chili Featuring Ghost Reaper

Photo courtesy of Hormel Chili

As a lover of all things chili, the spicier, the better when I sit down to a bowl. Sure, some days I may be drenched in sweat, tongue numb, and downing glasses of lact0se-free milk to help calm the heat. What can I say though, I’m a sucker for that fire. 

To my delight, Hormel Chili has announced the release of what they’re calling the World’s Hottest Canned Chili with Beans. 

Ghost and Carolina Reaper peppers are added to Hormel’s classic chili recipe to create the fiery new Ghost Reaper Chili that you can throw on pretty much anything or eat entirely on its own. 

Me, I’ll probably throw it on a bacon cheeseburger or a buttload of fresh homemade fries. Extra well done, so they don’t get soggy under the chili. 

You can order the Ghost Reaper Chili in packs of two cans beginning Oct. 25 online at 

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Jelly Belly’s Carolina Reaper Jelly Beans Might Be As Spicy As The Actual Chili

Jelly Belly just launched a new “Beanboozled” challenge, but instead of making you pick between gross and delicious flavors, you’re instead subjected to a gauntlet of spice that some chili fanatics would even struggle to finish.

The jelly bean specialists have created the “Fiery Five” challenge, a pack of jelly beans that comes with Sriracha, Jalapeno, Cayenne, Habanero, and Carolina Reaper flavors. You can try to progress upwards in terms of spice if you like, but there’s also a game and an app that come with the launch where you can play spicy jelly bean roulette with your friends.

I had the chance to try this during its debut at the recent Winter Fancy Foods Show. Rather than go for all five to try the flavors, I decided to go straight for the Carolina Reaper chili to see how spicy it was.

As you can see from the above tweet, that was probably the worst decision possibly, since the Reaper jelly bean packs some real heat to it.

Jelly Belly was unable to provide the Scoville Heat ratings at the time, but coming off of sampling one of the world’s hottest tasting menus, I’d say that the Reaper jelly bean is easily over 1 million Scoville. It tasted at least as hot as a true ghost chili, with the potential for even more heat than that.

Jelly Belly’s Fiery Five challenge is coming to stores in February, but you can order it online right now if you want to try it immediately. Be warned, though: the Reaper comes back at you HARD.

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This Tasting Menu Gets Hotter And Hotter With Each Course

Imagine eating a meal that gets progressively spicier with each course. Sure, your appetizer starts tame. But when dessert rolls around, get ready for a couple million Scoville (the unit that measures how spicy a chili is) to hit your palate. Sounds like a method of torture, right? On paper, sure. But the silver lining to this scorching scenario is that it doesn’t sacrifice flavor and deliciousness at all. This is the one of a kind aspect about the WP24 restaurant’s new summer ‘Bring the Heat’ tasting menu.

Developed by Chef John Lechleidner, the Bring the Heat menu features six courses that get  progressively hotter via the chilies incorporated in each dish. For example, the appetizer, chili Dan Dan noodles, starts off with mild Fresno chilies that clock in at a manageable 8,000 Scoville. Fast forward to the last dessert course, a peach cobbler incorporating Carolina Reapers that singe meters at 2,000,000 Scoville.

“The special summer menu is designed to showcase chilis as not only a source of heat, but a source of flavor,” shared Chef Lechleidner. “Balancing the heat across multiple courses encourages guests to dine beyond their usual boundaries.”

However strong your boundaries are when it comes to spiciness will be tested, for sure. But at least you’re savoring the flavor the whole way.

The ‘Bring the Heat’ menu is only available for a limited time, up until Labor Day weekend and is $29 per person with $8 add on for the sixth dessert course.

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Taco Bell Adds Carolina Reapers To Their Quesaritos For A Fiery Kick

Taco Bell’s latest test items are bringing the heat with the inclusion of fiery Carolina Reapers. Made into a Reaper Ranch sauce that’s their spiciest condiment to date, the chain has already begun testing it in the form of loaded fries.

Now, Taco Bell is incorporating the peppers into a new form, as the Reaper Ranch Sauce is making a new home inside their Quesaritos.

Photo courtesy of Taco Bell

The standard fillings of beef, rice, sour cream, and red tortilla strips don’t change for the inside of the Reaper Ranch Quesarito. However, both the inside and outside now contain a blend of the Reaper Ranch sauce and Taco Bell’s nacho cheese sauce. It helps take some edge off of the heat, but also makes the burrito incredibly creamy and cheesy.

Fans hoping to try this saucy creation will have to head to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a bite. It’ll be available at locations in the area through mid-November, sold on its own for $2.99 or as part of a $5 box with two Crunchy Tacos and a medium drink.

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Taco Bell’s Newest Item Features One Of The World’s Hottest Peppers

Taco Bell just cranked up the heat with one of their newest items. Called the “Reaper Ranch Fries,” it brings together the chain’s popular fries with a fiery sauce made from Carolina Reaper chilies.

reaper ranch friesPhoto: Foodbeast // Evan Lancaster

Available as a test item in Cincinnati, Ohio starting August 16th, the Reaper Ranch Fries feature a spicy ranch sauce that’s hotter than any other condiment the taco titan has created. Taco Bell reps told Foodbeast that their new creation is about a level of heat above their Lava Sauce, their spiciest item prior to the Reaper Ranch.

While available, you can get the new sauce in the same forms Taco Bell’s original Nacho Fries were served in. That means you can order the sauce with the seasoned fries as a side, or in a Reaper Ranch Fries Supreme form with fries, ground beef, sour cream, and tomatoes. The test locations serving up the sauce will also have it available to put on anything else on the menu if you want to turn up the heat on any other items.

While that test is going on in Cincinnati, another new set of fries are being tested in Columbus. Dubbed the “Rattlesnake Fries,” they’re available in Supreme or burrito form and include pickled jalapenos, steak, nacho cheese sauce, and jalapeno sauce. They’re not as spicy as the Reaper Ranch, but the Southwest-inspired twist on carne asada fries can still pack a punch.

Both new forms of Taco Bell fries will launch in their respective test locations on the 16th, and be available until mid-September. If the tests go well, they could be launched nationwide some time next year.

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News Crew Tries The One Chip Challenge On Live TV And It Doesn’t Go Well At All

The Channel 2 Denver Morning News team, especially anchor Natalie Tysdale, was taken on a trip to hell and back after taking on the infamous #OneChipChallenge live on camera.

The notorious #OneChipChallenge consists of eating an entire Carolina Reaper Madness Chip from Paqui. But before you mock those who suffer under the wrath of a single chip, it’s important to note that this year’s chips were made with Carolina Reaper peppers that clocked in at 1.9 million Scoville units AND are said to be 25% hotter than last year’s chip.

So having tried the challenge ourselves, we knew that the Channel 2 Denver team would not disappoint with their reaction. However, there was one anchor who stole the show: Natalie Tysdale.

You can see Tysdale cautiously inserting a part of the chip in her mouth while taking a selfie at the 1:13 mark and eventually meeting her inescapable demise a mere 30 seconds later at the 1:45 mark.

Some Reddit users found her reaction to be hilarious, while some wanted to see her on the First We Feast’s Hot One’s challenge.

But for those who are worried about her health, don’t worry, she’s alive and kicking. On her official Facebook, she wrote, “I thought I was okay until I had a drink of my coffee to wash down the chip. I threw up, couldn’t breathe and felt like fire was coming out of my mouth, nose and ears. I had a bottle of water, a glass of milk, a tablespoon of honey and 3 mints and still felt on fire. An hour later I had chills and a massive headache. Three hours have gone by and I feel like I was beat up in a dark alley.”

Sure, she got extremely physically ill, but she’s still, you know, fine. And even though Tysdale may have survived the challenge this time, we highly doubt that there’ll be a second go around.

Take on the challenge too, if you dare.

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Try Not To Get Burned By The World’s 10 Hottest Peppers


Whether you’re one who claims to have an “iron stomach” or someone who can’t resist a good dare, you may have indulged in some hot peppers before.

No matter how much of a daredevil you are, these peppers are a delicacy to be wary of. While some set your mouth aflame, or provoke tears, some can even send you straight to the hospital.

So without further ado here is the list of the hottest, baddest peppers in town. Enjoy if you dare.

***SHU = Scoville Heat Unit (measure of spiciness)


10. Red Savina Habanero


Photo: Super Hot Chilies

Back in the day, this pepper was noted for its extreme spiciness. It was considered one of the hottest with a SHU of 500,000. Those days are long gone, however, and there are a number of peppers that have surpassed it.

I’d still be careful if I were you, though…


9. 7 Pot Red

Photo: Chilli Seedz

Just one step above the Red Savina Habanero is a pepper that is already DOUBLE it’s SHU. With a measurement of 1,000,000, this pepper received its name due to its ability to heat up 7 whole pots of stew.

Now that’s hot.


8. 7 Pot Barrackpore


Photo: Eat More Heat

Stemming from the same family of the 7 Pot Red, this pepper is just a bit hotter. Hailing from Trinidad, this pepper is regaled in the region as one of the “super hots.”


7. Bhut Jolokia


Photo: The Gilmour Family Website

Lovingly known as the “Ghost Pepper,” the Bhut Jolokia is arguably the most famous hot pepper. Though still insanely hot, it is a far cry from the world’s hottest pepper. It seemed to have received so much mainstream attention due to a viral Youtube challenge where brave souls filmed themselves eating the pepper (and, of course, regretting it).


6. Naga Viper


Photo: The Storypedia

With a SHU of 1,349,000, this is one hot pepper. Cultivated in the United Kingdom, the Naga Viper is extremely rare. It was never fully stabilized so there are a wide variety of strains.

But all are extremely spicy.


5. Trinidad Scorpion Butch T


Photo: Volcanic Peppers

Back in 2011, this crazy hot pepper used to hold the Guinness World Record. It has since been surpassed, but don’t underestimate it.


4. 7 Pot Primo


Photo: NRJ Spice

Boasting a SHU of 1,469,000, this still isn’t even the hottest 7 Pot strain. Many pepper cultivators have tried to replicate this pepper’s shape with its very distinctive long, skinny stem.


3. 7 Pot Douglah


Photo: The Hot Pepper

THIS is the hottest 7 Pot pepper. It has an unbelievable SHU of 1,853,936 and is known as having one of the best flavors. It’s often purchased dried or in a powder.


2. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion


Photo: Paradoxoff Planet

The runner up for hottest pepper in the world is the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. With a SHU of 2,009,231 this pepper could easily cause anyone to fall to their knees. Extremely rare, when one takes a bite the heat never seems to dissipate.


1. Carolina Reaper


Photo: Seeds For Africa

And the pepper claiming the esteemed title of hottest in the world goes to none other than the Carolina Reaper. Ranked by the Guinness World Record, this pepper has an astonishing SHU of 2,200,000! This pepper was designed to be scorching as it is a cross between a Pakistani Naga and a Red Habanero.

I wouldn’t recommend it, but if you try any of these, at least get it on video.

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We Convinced Our Boss To Eat The World’s Hottest Chip, He Immediately Regretted It

I watched my boss almost die, and it was glorious. I could see the pain in his eyes, the sweat falling down his cheek, and the immediate regret in his body language as not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR of the world’s hottest chips consumed him.

Paqui Chips claims to have the world’s hottest chip, that literally comes in a single package because you’d be a fool to try more than one.

Thankfully, we are full of foolishness here at Foodbeast, so without prior knowledge of how hot the chip was, and without watching other people’s horrifying reaction, our own Elie Ayrouth and Rudy Chaney took on Paqui’s “One Chip Challenge.”

They both knew it’d be hot, but they didn’t anticipate just how bad it would be.

This “Fear the Reaper” chip is made with Carolina Reaper peppers, which are considered the the world’s hottest by Guinness World Records. On top of that, they add some ghost peppers to the mix.

Watching your boss stomach four of the world’s hottest chips was like an early Christmas present and we appreciate him for it.