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Paqui’s One Chip Challenge Returns And It’s Even Hotter Than Last Time

Remember the One Chip Challenge from last year? This insanely hot Carolina Reaper chip from Paqui had tons of people crying, breathing fire like dragons, and regretting that they had been born. Multiple members of Foodbeast took it on, with some barely surviving to tell the tale of it. However, many people were able to conquer the spicy snack, even eating multiple chips while doing so. To make it harder this year, the One Chip Challenge returns with even more heat for chili heads to sweat over.

The Carolina Reapers that Paqui used to make the chips this year checked in at 1.9 million Scoville units, according to Ed Currie of PuckerButt Pepper Company. Currie, who cultivates the Reapers he developed along with Pepper X, the world’s hottest pepper, turned in a set of Reaper chilies that were 1.5 million Scoville units last year to make the One Chip Challenge. That means that this year, the One Chip Challenge returns at a heat level that’s about 25% hotter than the previous time around.

The crispy triangles of death are now available online for $4.99 each. If you participate in the challenge and upload your video of pain to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #OneChipChallenge and #Sweeps, you’ll also be entered to win a lifetime supply of Paqui’s regular stockpile of chips.

Best of luck to all of those who attempt the challenge this time around. Make sure to keep a fire extinguisher and a few gallons of ice cream handy.

Hit-Or-Miss Video

Watch A Red Hot Nickel Turn A Lollipop Into A Chaotic, Melting Mess

There seems to be a correlation between the public’s fascination with spicy foods and the act of pouring scalding hot liquid metal onto food. Whether it be crushing a few coffin cases of deathly hot Carolina Reaper Pepper infused Paqui Chips, or simply dumping molten copper on top of every food item imaginable — it seems experiments are always better when the heat is turned up.

For example, check out how this red hot nickel ball quickly turns this Tootsie Pop into a hot, melty mess in less than a minute.

This video is just one of many food-based stunts performed by the crazy kids on the CarsandWater YouTube channel. But, believe it or not, this experiment finally put to rest the confounding question of, “How many red hot nickel balls does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop,” asked by dozens of Cars and Water subscribers.

Now we know the answer. One.

Most of the Cars and Water videos involve red hot nickel balls — or RHNBs — and you should definitely not try these at home. Still, Cars and Water might actually be onto something with this RHNB theme.

Here’s some GIFs of more RHNBs melting through various food based items.

A RHNB vs. Cotton candy.

A RHNB set atop some liquid nitrogen frozen honey.

A RHNB stacked on some Oreos. Oreos were not playin’!

This experiment didn’t include a RHNB, but what’s cooler than a liquid nitrogen fueled potato gun? No pun intended.

And the best experiment of all — using a RHNB to obliterate some Peeps.

Have something in mind that you’d like to see placed against a red hot nickel ball? Leave a comment on the Cars and Water YouTube channel and see what can take the heat.


I Ate 4 Of The World’s Spiciest Tortilla Chip And Lived To Tell About It [WATCH]

Spicy challenges have proliferated the Interwebs, though I’ve traditionally avoided them at all costs. One day last week I got to work and there was a stack of small red coffin-shaped boxes on my desk… looks like my time to do a spicy challenge had come.

It was a package from Paqui Chips, a chip producer that had recently announced the world’s hottest tortilla chip called “Fear the Reaper,” a chip laced with Carolina Reaper pepper, and apparently is so hot and gimmicky it arrives in a single triangle, condom-lookin’ package.

I hadn’t seen any of the other reaction videos online, we just jumped downstairs and tried them:


One of our staff writers, Izzy, wrote about the above video earlier yesterday from his perspective, sitting comfortably some 10 feet away from me, behind-the-camera, the entire time. He was giggly and I even overheard him legitimately mutter that he was only tuning in to watch me potentially die (thanks, Izz).

At first taste the chip is a dry heat, imagine doing a spicy version of a cinnamon challenge and you’ll have the experience involved with eating the “Fear the Reaper” chip. “It’s not pleasant” would be an understatement as the heat lingers longer than other challenges. My mouth became Saharan dusty, my throat suddenly a home for this new unwelcome pain.

And then I had another. And another. And before I put down my fourth, my mouth was in a world of hurt reminiscent of my bottom lip being slammed between two college textbooks.

My tongue began to throb in unison with every beat of my heart. Luckily, roughly thirty minutes after the challenge, most of the pain had subsided. The work day wrapped, I drove home, then went to bed, with most of the pain in my memories. I didn’t think a thing of it as I drifted off to sleep.

My alarm, normally set for 6am every morning, was of no use to me the following day. At precisely 4:13am my stomach woke me up with cramps reminiscent of my insides attempting to crush themselves. Apparently those “Fear the Reaper” chips were still lingering from the day before.

For those of you wondering how the “day after” feels, well, it doesn’t feel good. It hurts. It jolts you into a painful consciousness, reminding you to never do it again.

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All It Takes Is One Bite To Be Defeated By The World’s Hottest Chip


If you’re not familiar with the Carolina Reaper, it is the hottest pepper, according to the Guinness World Records.

If you want the perfect illustration as to what it’s like to eat one of these, watch these two girls try to eat one:

Or check out this stupid 9-year-old kid, who couldn’t drink enough milk to sooth the burning in his face hole:

Put those evil little seeds in anything, and you’re going to have a bad day. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, there’s now a tortilla chip that contains the spicy reaper.

Notice I said chip, and not chips, as Paqui Chips sells these individually, in an ominous, coffin-shaped box, with an additional package inside that’s similar to that of a condom wrapper.


Paqui teamed with Pucker Butt Pepper Company, who is in possession of the record-setting “Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper,” so this is the real deal.

To make things worse, along with the Reaper, they’ve added ghost pepper and chipotle seasonings to the mix.

If you really feel like ruining your life and living in the bathroom for a week, the chip will cost a mere $4.99 and will be available in Paqui’s online store, and in select stores October 1.

Now watch crazy white people eat the chip in the promo video below:

h/t, picthx mashable