Let’s face it — we all love a good challenge. Whether it’s winning a bet to see who can eat the most pieces of pizza, to seeing who can keep a pepper in their mouth the longest without feeling like death is coming, we love to prove ourselves with food. Restaurants, food trucks, and fast food joints all around cater to our food challenge needs, providing some of the craziest, spiciest, and calorie filled challenges. Here are the top seven eating challenges that will most likely be the most painful experiences you’ll ever have in your life, but hey, you have a chance of getting your picture on a wall, and that is #goals.
Why get sprayed with tear gas when you can eat it instead? Brick Lane Curry House in New York challenges customers to try an eight chilli curry so hot that their chefs have to wear masks to cook it. One of the key ingredients in this curry is the Bhut Naga Jolokia chilli, which is also found in tear gas. Anyone brave enough to finish their entire plate gets a free beer, certificate, and a mention in the “PHAAL OF FAME”! Many have failed in sweat and tears — maybe you won’t feel the heat if you eat it in a curry.
What makes a hot wing… a HOT wing? The Fire In Your Hole challenge at Munchies 420 Cafe answers that question simply with a plate of 10 of the hottest wings on the planet. Marinated in a sauce made up of a combination of the extract of the hottest pepper in the world (the feared Carolina Reaper) and other hot peppers, these wings should come with a glass of milk and a fire extinguisher for your tongue. If you can finish this challenge in 20 minutes, you get your picture on the wall of fame, but beware: though it may be a personal achievement finishing even one wing, failure to complete the entire challenge will land you on the wall of shame.
Known by Man V. Food as the hottest burger on the planet, the 4 Horsemen Burger at Chunky’s Burgers include fresh jalapeno and serrano peppers, a habanero sauce, and yes, you guessed it — or you “Ghost” it — the Ghost pepper. You have 25 minutes to eat the burger successfully, and the challenge is so real that you need to be 18 or older, or have a parent/guardian’s consent. The people at Chunky’s Burgers like to keep it real though; a chuck bucket is included but an automatic disqualification and a penalty if you miss the bucket!
Soup, there it is! The red-hot soup challenge includes a concoction of broth, veggies, ghost peppers, and the hottest chilies on the planet. Though Nitally’s Thai-Mex Cuisine hadn’t had anyone vomit from the spiciness, the Inferno Soup has definitely had an incident where a contestant made a different kind of exit on a chair, forcing the challenge to now be completed outside. Infer-no way!
A one pound burger and a side of fries sounds like an average meal, right? Well maybe not so much when your burger has been ‘inferno’d’. The Inferno Burger Challenge at Smoke Shack comes with a one pound burger covered in ghost peppers and hot sauce, and the side of fries are half a pound and drenched in a Cajun spice. If you’re up for the challenge, you might be able to join the wall of fame, but for most of us, it’s going to be an infer-no thanks!
Just when you think wings can’t get any hotter, Jake Melnick’s XXX wings exists to challenge all comers. These wings have a new addition to their flaming sauce concoction: the Trinidad Scorpion Pepper. The XXX Hot Wings will melt your face off, and a cooling plate is ready if you ring a bell, filled with ice cream, milk, bread, and some orange slices to extinguish that fire in your mouth.
Six Triple Atomic Wings, no time limit, and unlimited water — easy, peasy, right? Measuring 500,000 Scoville units, each Atomic Wing in the Triple Atomic Wing Challenge is more than 50 times hotter than a jalepeno and will definitely add some heat to your life. If you can finish this walk through hell, you win yourself a spot on the Wall of Flame and, most importantly, a bumper sticker — who doesn’t love a bumper sticker?!
You may not be part of a 90s girl group, but any of these challenges can SPICE UP YOUR LIFE! If you want to put the “eat” in “sweat,” take on any of these fiery tests to your tastebuds!