Would you eat a food that comes with a warning label? How about sign a waiver before biting into a burger? Many people around the world are always searching for the next level of heat in their food. Some of the spiciest ingredients can be found in India, Thailand, or at your favorite local pub.
Not a fan of spicy food? You may want to reconsider. The spicier a food, the more health benefits it is believed to have. Some suggest spice can help us lose weight, relieve joint pains, and fight infections. Spicier foods could even spice up your love life by increasing libido.
To measure the spiciness of a food, we use a scale called Scoville Heat Units, or SHU. The higher the number, the more likely you are to tear up and sweat from every part of your body. For example, a bell pepper is a zero on the SHU scale. A jalapeño measures about 5,000 SHU on average. And a Habanero ranges between 100,000-350,000 SHU. Are you brave enough to try the World’s Spiciest Foods?
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10. Great Balls of Fire
Looking to spice up the night in Portland, Oregon? Check out Salvador Molly’s restaurant, famous for their cheese fries and specialty sauces. These fries come equipped with a warning sign and almost certain gastrointestinal stress.
Unfortunately, there is no measured SHU for these spicy potato bites. You will have to take the word of local patrons and Yelp! reviews. —Eat all five and they will hang your picture on the wall.
Won’t do it for only a picture? Salvador Molly’s participates in many fundraisers throughout the year. Compete in one of their challenges to raise money for Oregon charities.
9. Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Visiting Jamaica will put your mind and soul at ease with their stunning beaches and laid back, “no problem” attitude. The flavorful cuisine and oversize cocktails will tempt you to try anything, including the Jerk Chicken.
Jamaican Jerk chicken is made with a dry rub of blended of spices, garlic, and the scotch bonnet chili pepper. Keep a Red Stripe nearby to wash it down! Traditionally, Jamaican Jerk Chicken averages 100,000 to 350,000 Scoville Heat Units. It is sure to have you feeling “Hot, Hot, Hot”.
8. Duff’s Death Sauce Chicken Wings
There’s no better place to eat chicken wings than, Buffalo, NY. Located near University at Buffalo north campus, Duff’s Famous Wings has been serving chicken wings since 1946. From the outside it looks like a restaurant you would want to skip, but locals love it!
Spicier than your average suicide sauce, Duff’s Death Sauce chicken wings measure around 500,000 SHU. Canadian franchises offer an Armageddon sauce at 850,000 SHU. —No waiver needed, but the wait staff will warn you while sporting a grin.
7. Ghost Pepper Ice Cream
The Ice Cream Store in Delaware is known for their variety of fun flavors and creative names. Gaining the most attention for their Ghost Pepper Ice Cream, featured in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.
The world’s spiciest dessert is a blend of vanilla ice cream with an array of hot sauces and a fresh ghost pepper. At 855,000 Scoville Heat Units, you must sign a waiver before even sampling the Ghost Pepper Ice Cream. Sadly, there are no prizes or pictures for this dessert.
6. The 4 Horsemen Burger
Located in San Antonio, Chunky’s Burgers and More offers a Texas sized spicy food challenge. According to the Food Network, the 4 Horsemen burger is the hottest in the west with an average Scoville Heat Unit over 1 million!
Yes, you must sign a waiver or have a guardians signature to order. Rules are, you must finish the burger in 25 minutes, with no spitting or bathroom breaks. Chunky’s provides a puke bucket, but is an automatic disqualification if used. If you manage to keep it down, your picture will hang on their wall of fame.
5. Phaal Curry
Many restaurants around the globe offer variations of Phaal Curry, ranging anywhere from 350,000 SHU to 1 million SHU. Recognized as the spiciest curry meal in the world, you may want to avoid ordering this dish on a first date.
The curry is prepared with ten different peppers, including the scotch bonnet and Bhut jolokia pepper. During the cooking process, chefs wear gas masks to avoid damage to their throat and lungs. Most restaurants offer Phaal curry without any kind of waiver or consent. — Consider this your warning.
4. Carolina Reaper
In 2013, Guinness World Records awarded the Carolina Reaper as the hottest chili pepper in the world. Cultivated by Ed Currie, the Carolina Reaper averages around 1.4 to 2.5 million Scoville Heat Units. Making it one of the spiciest foods in the world all on its own.
3. Dragon’s Breath Pepper
In 2017, Mike Smith, revealed the spiciest chili pepper known to man. Shattering the Carolina Reaper’s record by almost 1 million Scoville Heat Units. The Dragon’s Breath measures 2.48 million SHU according to the Daily Post. U.S. military grade pepper spray is only 2 million SHU.
Cultivated for its medicinal oils, Smith hopes it will be an option for those allergic to anesthetics. The limited production of the Dragon’s Breath may be a good thing. Consuming too many of these chilis can cause severe burns and possibly death.
2. Widower Curry
Bindi, a restaurant located in Grantham, exceeded spice lovers expectations when they created the Widower Curry. Made with 20 infinity chilis, it claims to be the spiciest curry in the world. So spicy, a man named Ian Rothwell, reported hallucinations after consuming the dish.
The Widower Curry reaches Scoville Heat Units of 6 million! Chef, Muhammed Karim, must prepare the dish wearing goggles, gloves, and a face mask.—Enjoy waddling your way home.
1. The Source Hot Sauce
Sold in a one ounce bottle as a gourmet extract, The Source Hot Sauce is guaranteed to create the spiciest food in the world. Targeted toward chili lovers, TSHS requests you treat the product with respect.
At over 7 million Scoville Heat Units, it is shocking this chili extract is not illegal. If you are 21 years or older, you can purchase it on Amazon. “Keep away from children and consume with extreme caution”. Disclaimer: In no way do we endorse the use of this product. Don’t be stupid!