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Fatality Draws Scrutiny to Spicy ‘One Chip Challenge’ Product

Harris Wolobah, a 14-year-old in Worcester, Mass., died after he ate a Paqui brand tortilla chip dusted with two of the world’s hottest peppers, his mother said.

A coffin-shaped box bearing a stylized image of a red skull with a blue tongue sits next to a dark tortilla chip. The text says, “One Chip Challenge 2022” and “Turns your tongue blue!”

By Rebecca Carballo and Remy Tumin

Update: A subsidiary of the Hershey Company said it was pulling the “One Chip Challenge” from store shelves .

One of the last things Harris Wolobah, 14, of Worcester, Mass., ate before he died was a single tortilla chip in a coffin-shaped box that bore an image of a skull with a snake coiled around it, his mother said.

Lois Wolobah said her son’s school called last Friday to tell her he was sick and that she needed to come and get him.

When she arrived, Harris was clutching his stomach in the nurse’s office, she said in an interview on Tuesday.

He showed her a picture of what he had just consumed: a single Paqui chip, dusted with two of the hottest peppers in the world, the Carolina Reaper and the Naga Viper. The label on the box said “One Chip Challenge” and carried a warning — “Inside: One Extremely Hot Chip.” Paqui tortilla chips are made by Amplify Snack Brands, a subsidiary of the Hershey Company.

Ms. Wolobah said she took her son home, but after about two hours he passed out and was rushed to a hospital, where he died. He had faced no underlying health conditions, she said.

The cause of death was not immediately clear; it will be up to 12 weeks before the results of an autopsy are available, Tim McGuirk, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, said.

But Ms. Wolobah said she believed the chip had jeopardized her son’s health.

“I just want there to be an awareness for parents to know that it’s not safe,” Ms. Wolobah said. “It needs to be out of the market completely.”

The Paqui “One Chip Challenge” has been criticized for making people sick in the past, but this is the first time someone has linked it to a fatality. After The Boston Globe reported on the teenager’s death , the story spread to other local and national outlets.

“We are deeply saddened by the news report and express our condolences to the family,” a Paqui spokeswoman, Kim Metcalfe, said in a statement. “It would be inappropriate for us to speculate or comment further.”

The Hershey Company bought Amplify, which is based in Austin, Texas, for $1.6 billion in 2017.

Until Tuesday, marketing materials for the Paqui One Chip Challenge, which sells for $9.99, dared customers to wait as long as possible after eating the chip before eating or drinking anything, and then to post their reactions on social media. “How long can you last before you spiral out?” the Paqui website asked . That language had been removed from the site by Wednesday.

Since this year’s chip was introduced last month, a new round of videos have circulated showing people begging for water , or shoveling ice cream into their mouths, after eating one.

The packaging carries a prominent warning that the chip should be kept out of the reach of children and is intended only for adult consumption. People who are pregnant or who have “any medical conditions” should not eat the chip, nor should those who are sensitive or allergic to spicy foods, peppers, night shade plants or capsaicin , the compound in chili peppers that is responsible for burning and irritation.

The package advises that anyone who experiences breathing trouble, fainting or extended nausea after eating the chip should seek medical attention.

Harris Wolobah is not the first child who has sought medical care after eating the chip. School officials in California and Texas told the “Today” show website last year that students had been taken to the hospital after eating one.

Also last year, about 30 public school students in Clovis, N.M., experienced health issues after eating the chip, KOB-TV of Albuquerque reported . As a preventive measure, the Huerfano School District in Colorado banned the chips, according to a post on its Facebook page .

In a 2020 study , researchers at the University of Mississippi Medical Center detailed the “serious complications” that can result from eating the Carolina Reaper pepper, noting that a 15-year-old boy had suffered an acute cerebellar stroke two days after eating one on a dare. The Carolina Reaper has been measured at more than two million Scoville heat units , the scale used to measure how hot peppers are. The Naga Viper has been measured at just under 1.4 million Scoville units . Jalapeño peppers are typically rated at between 2,000 and 8,000 units .

But that has not stopped the curious.

Colin Mansfield of Beaumont, Calif., and his nephew Cole Roe, 15, ate the chip together over FaceTime and Mr. Mansfield shared the video on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. Mr. Mansfield, who makes his own hot sauce, said that it was like a “really spicy curry” and that the heat began to wear off after about 10 minutes. (His nephew, he said, needed a drink after 30 seconds.)

But that’s when another side effect kicked in for both of them: a crippling stomachache.

“I was on the floor, in a fetal position,” Mr. Mansfield said, adding that he wouldn’t have eaten the chip had he known that it would feel as if “somebody put you on the ground and kicked you in the stomach.”

Devin McClain and Jade Dian, who live in Houston, said they had also experienced stomach pains after recording themselves eating the chip — and then chasing it with water, milk and ice cream — for their YouTube channel.

“It was instant pain,” Ms. Dian said. “The milk was not helping, the ice cream was not helping.”

Mr. McClain said that even after the intensity of the heat had faded in his mouth, he could still feel it in his body.

“You could feel it spread; that’s the worst part, honestly,” he said.

Both suffered stomach pains into the next morning, they said. Would they try it again?

“Not in 2023,” Mr. McClain said. “Unless it was highly requested by viewers.”

An earlier version of this article misidentified the institution that studied Carolina Reaper risks in 2020. It was the University of Mississippi Medical Center, not the National Center for Biotechnological Information, which provided online access to the study.

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'One Chip Challenge' pulled from shelves after mother says spicy tortilla chip contributed to her son's death

Paqui, the maker of extremely spicy tortilla chips marketed as the “One Chip Challenge,” is voluntarily pulling the product from shelves after a woman said her teenage son died of complications from consuming a single chip.

The chips were sold individually, and their seasoning included two of the hottest peppers in the world: the Carolina Reaper and the Naga Viper.

Each chip was packaged in a coffin-shaped container with a skull on the front.

Lois Wolobah told NBC Boston that her 14-year-old son, Harris Wolobah, ate the chip Friday, then went to the school nurse with a stomachache. Wolobah said Harris — a sophomore at Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester, Massachusetts — passed out at home that afternoon. He was pronounced dead at the hospital later that day, she said.

An autopsy has not yet revealed his cause of death.

A spokesperson said in a statement Thursday that Paqui was “deeply saddened by the death of Harris Wolobah and express our condolences to the family.”

“While the Paqui One Chip Challenge is intended for adults only, we have seen an increase in teen usage of the product. We care about all of our consumers and have made the decision to remove the product from shelves,” the spokesperson said. “We are actively working with our retailers and are offering refunds for any purchases of our single-serve one chip challenge product.”

Until sales of the product were suspended, Paqui's marketing dared people to participate in the challenge by eating a chip, posting pictures of their tongues on social media after the chip turned it blue and then waiting as long as possible to relieve the burn with water or other food.

The challenge has existed in some form since 2016.

"Only the bravest will be able to prove they faced the Reaper when they show off their blue tongue after completing the challenge," Paqui's former senior brand manager, Brandon Kieffer, said in a news release last year.

The product's label warned that children, pregnant people, those with underlying health issues, people sensitive to spicy foods and people who are allergic to peppers, nightshades or capsaicin (the component of chili peppers that makes them spicy) should avoid the chip. People should seek medical assistance if they experience difficulty breathing, fainting or extended nausea after having eaten the chip, the warning said.

The Paqui chip.

The label also recommended that people who touched the chip wash their hands with soap and avoid touching their eyes or other sensitive areas.

The spiciness of chili peppers is measured on the Scoville scale, which calculates the heat units in a given pepper. Carolina Reapers score around 1.7 million Scoville heat units and Naga Viper peppers around 1.4 million. A jalapeño pepper, by contrast, rates up to 8,500 Scoville heat units.

The main health risks of eating a Carolina Reaper involve vomiting or burning or numbness in the mouth, according to a  2020 study . Studies have also documented  severe headaches  from consuming extremely spicy peppers, as well as one case in which a man vomited so much from eating ghost peppers that he  tore a hole in his esophagus .

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said Wednesday in a post on X that hospitalizations from the One Chip Challenge have been reported across the country, including among teens. Last fall, the Dublin Unified School District in Northern California told NBC Bay Area that several of its students were sent home because of adverse reactions to the product.

"While the investigation into the cause of the teenager’s death in Worcester continues, the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office would like to remind parents to research and discuss with your children about the one-chip challenge," Early wrote.

Parents, he added, should advise their kids "not to partake in this activity."

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Aria Bendix is the breaking health reporter for NBC News Digital.

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Teen’s death after eating a single chip highlights risks of ultra-spicy foods, the hot pepper linked to teen's death can cause arteries in the brain to spasm..

Beth Mole - Sep 8, 2023 10:16 pm UTC

Teen’s death after eating a single chip highlights risks of ultra-spicy foods

Harris Wolobah, a healthy 14-year-old from Worcester, Massachusetts, tragically died last Friday, hours after eating a single ultra-spicy tortilla chip seasoned with two of the hottest peppers in the world.

The teen's mother, Lois Wolobah, reportedly picked up her son from school that day after getting a call from the nurse that he was sick. She arrived to see him clutching his stomach and took him home. About two hours later, he lost consciousness and was rushed to the hospital, where he died.

The teen had told his mother that he had eaten a Paqui chip—The 2023 Paqui One Chip Challenge chip, to be exact. Each chip is sold individually, wrapped in a foil pouch and packaged in a coffin-shaped box adorned with a skull, snakes, and a Grim Reaper. The box contains the challenge rules, which dare consumers to eat the whole chip and "wait as long as possible before drinking or eating anything"—and, of course, post reactions on social media.

Lois Wolobah believes the chip played a role in the death of her son, who had no known underlying medical conditions.

"I just want there to be an awareness for parents to know that it’s not safe," Wolobah told The New York Times in an article  published Wednesday. "It needs to be out of the market completely."

On Thursday, the maker of the Paqui chip—Amplify Snack Brands, a subsidiary of the Hershey Company—announced that it was taking the potentially deadly chip off shelves.

The chip was intended only for adults and carried clear warnings, the company said in a statement . It was not intended for "children or anyone sensitive to spicy foods or who has food allergies, is pregnant or has underlying health conditions."

"We have seen an increase in teens and other individuals not heeding these warnings," the statement went on. "As a result, while the product continues to adhere to food safety standards, out of an abundance of caution, we are actively working with our retailers to remove the product from shelves."

Harris Wolobah's cause of death is not yet determined; it's not certain if the chip is to blame. An autopsy will be conducted, but the results could take up to 12 weeks, according to the Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Soaring Scovilles

Some have decried yet another social media challenge endangering youth. But, the teen's death also spotlights a sparse but concerning crop of medical reports that suggest that the pursuit of ever-spicier hot peppers is getting more dangerous, potentially nearing a lethal limit.

The Paqui chip was seasoned with the Carolina Reaper pepper, the current hottest pepper in the world, and the Naga Viper pepper, which was the reigning hottest pepper in 2011 but is now merely among the top 10.

If you haven't kept track, heat-seeking chili growers have been breeding spicier and spicier hybrids. In 2007, the Ghost Pepper was the hottest, but in 2011, it was overthrown by a succession of new hybrids, including the Infinity Chili, the Naga Viper pepper, and the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper. Then, in 2013, the Carolina Reaper came along and has yet to be unseated—which may be for the best.

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The 'One Chip Challenge' Is Back and Hotter Than Ever

The individually packaged chips are dusted with Carolina Reaper peppers.

Mike Pomranz has been covering craft beer for nearly two decades and trending food and beverage news for Food & Wine for 7 years.

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If you use social media — or watch the local news when they have too much time to kill — you've probably seen the "One Chip Challenge." Back in 2016, the spicy tortilla chip specialists at Paqui jumped on the public's love of viral challenges — especially those that involve an intense level of spice — and introduced packages of a single chip spiced with real Carolina Reaper Peppers , holder of the Guinness World Record for world's spiciest pepper. Suddenly, "bet you can't just eat one" took on a completely opposite meaning. Now, the #OneChipChallenge is back with a new look and — somehow — even more spice.

After a limited launch today with an already sold out presale , Paqui's Carolina Reaper Chip will get its official release on Friday, September 13. This time around, the $6.99 chip "looks as deadly as it tastes," according to the brand, arriving as a blue corn chip covered in an "intense amount" of black Carolina Reaper seasoning. As in the past, the individually packaged not-quite-a-snack is sold in a coffin-shaped box.

"For the last two years, we've received everything from love letters and polite requests, to absolutely desperate pleas for us to bring back the #OneChipChallenge," Paqui Brand Manager Caitlin Moralic said in the announcement. "While Paqui has a line of truly spicy chips perfect for everyday snacking, our fans want to test themselves with even more real peppers and real heat, and we're excited to bring them the spiciest challenge yet…. Incorporating the Carolina Reaper in the #OneChipChallenge is a fun — albeit sometimes painful — way for our fans to see whether or not they can handle the heat."

Want to get your hands on one? Masochists, the curious, and those in need of social media content can all go to paqui.com/onechipchallenge this Friday starting at 9 a.m. CDT which will be the exclusive spot to score the "#OneChipChallenge, Hell in a Box Collector's Pack, Extreme Reaper Variety Packs, and more" while supplies last, according to Paqui.

Meanwhile, if you miss that opportunity, Paqui says customers can win one of the Carolina Reaper Chips by looking for specially marked bags of Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper and Fiery Chile Limon chips at participating retailers starting in early October. Additionally, if you like winning stuff, Paqui will also be holding an online challenge: Share your #OneChipChallenge video on Twitter or Instagram and also include the hashtag #sweepstakes and tag @PaquiChips, and you could win "one of three grand prizes, which include a one-year supply of Paqui chips and a full tailgate package, complete with branded beer glasses, a Yeti cooler, and more."

But we all know the real way to be a winner is to try the One Chip Challenge yourself and go, "Oh, that wasn't bad at all." Because, come on, no one wants to lose to a tortilla chip.

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Is the One Chip Challenge dangerous?

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The Bottom Line

The Paqui One Chip Challenge is a social media challenge that involves consumption of an extremely spicy tortilla chip. The chip contains capsaicin, a compound found naturally in chili peppers. Capsaicin consumption typically causes mouth and throat pain but can also result in more serious health problems including trouble breathing, esophageal damage, and heart problems. The manufacturer started pulling the product from store shelves in September 2023, following a death reported hours after a healthy teenager participated in the challenge.

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What is the Paqui One Chip Challenge?

The One Chip Challenge is a social media challenge promoted by Paqui, a tortilla chip company. Paqui sold individual packages containing one spicy chip and the label “One Chip Challenge”. The challenge involves eating the single spicy tortilla chip, then waiting as long as possible before eating or drinking anything else. The Paqui website challenged people to wait as long as possible after chip consumption, characterizing those who can last a full hour without eating or drinking as “invincible” (people who eat or drink a minute after eating the chip are dismissed as being “powerless”). Participants in this challenge were also encouraged to post their reactions on social media. 

How hot is the One Chip Challenge?

Because everyone’s sensation of taste is different, the hot and spicy flavor of the One Chip Challenge can vary among individuals. The hot or spicy sensation felt in the mouth and throat after eating chili peppers is due to the presence of capsaicin. The capsaicin content of foods is frequently assessed by using the Scoville heat units (SHU) scale. Bell peppers have zero SHU, while pure capsaicin contains approximately 15 million SHU. The Carolina Reaper pepper contains up to 2.2 million SHU, and the Naga Viper Pepper contains approximately 1.4 million SHU. The high SHU measurements indicate that both of these peppers are quite pungent and irritating to taste.

What is capsaicin?

Capsaicin is a naturally occurring compound that is the active ingredient in chili peppers. Capsaicin may be used by pepper plants as a natural defense against predators and fungal species. Although it is found in nature, capsaicin can also be synthesized through a chemical reaction. It is available in powder, liquid, cream, and spray formulations. Although capsaicin is colorless and odorless, it is highly pungent and irritating to the eyes, skin, and mouth of humans and animals. 

What is capsaicin used for?

Capsaicin is a component of some pepper spray products and bear spray devices and is described as being more irritating than mace. Capsaicin is involved in pain perception in the human body, and repeated applications of capsaicin to the skin can reduce the sensation of pain. Topical capsaicin is available as an arthritis cream and is sometimes also used as a treatment for cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, a disorder involving recurrent abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting in individuals who regularly use cannabis.

What peppers are in the One Chip Challenge?

The spicy peppers included in the One Chip Challenge vary each year. In 2023, the chip contains Carolina Reaper and the Naga Viper peppers. Previous years’ versions have included Sichuan and Scorpion peppers in addition to the Carolina Reaper pepper. 

How long does the One Chip Challenge last?

Because capsaicin is highly irritating, most people will develop immediate irritation of the mouth and throat after consuming capsaicin-containing products such as the chip included in the Paqui One Chip Challenge. The irritating and painful signs and symptoms can last several hours, but can persist for days in some individuals.

What do you eat after the One Chip Challenge?

Because of its chemical composition, milk may be more effective than water in relieving mouth and throat irritation after consumption of capsaicin-containing foods. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching the One Chip Challenge chip, as capsaicin can transfer from your hands to other parts of the body (such as the face and eyes) and cause additional irritation. If capsaicin gets in your eyes, immediately irrigate the eyes with room-temperature water for 15-20 minutes.

Is the One Chip Challenge safe?

People who eat capsaicin-containing products, including tortilla chips featured in the Paqui One Chip Challenge, often experience mouth irritation, pain, or burning, along with intestinal discomfort. Capsaicin consumption can also cause more serious health problems, including shortness of breath, allergic reactions, chest pain, heart palpitations, and even heart attacks or strokes. Consumption of larger amounts of capsaicin can also cause repeated vomiting that can lead to life-threatening esophageal damage. Because of this, people should use caution when consuming foods or products that contain capsaicin. The One Chip Challenge is not recommended for children or teenagers, people that have food allergies, sensitivity to spicy foods, medical problems such as heart and lung disease, or who are pregnant. In September 2023, a 14-year-old boy died hours after taking the One Chip Challenge. 

What if the One Chip Challenge makes me sick?

If you or someone else experiences worrisome symptoms after participating in the One Chip Challenge, get guidance from Poison Control immediately. Help from poison control is available online from web POISON CONTROL and by phone at 1-800-222-1222. Both options are free, confidential, and available 24 hours a day.

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Prevention Tips

Keep capsaicin-containing products, including hot peppers and pepper spray, out of reach of children and pets.

Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching capsaicin-containing products.

Use caution when participating in social media challenges such as the One Chip Challenge, as harmful or unexpected side effects may occur.

Seek medical care immediately if you develop chest pain, difficulty breathing, severe headache, or other unexpected symptoms after consuming capsaicin. 

This Really Happened

Case 1: A 15-year-old boy consumed a Carolina Reaper pepper as a dare. Two days later, he developed a severe headache and high blood pressure during football practice. He took acetaminophen (Tylenol®), and went to an Emergency Department (ED) when the headache persisted. At the ED, he was initially diagnosed with a sinus infection and was discharged home on antibiotics. The headache persisted over the next few days and remained severe, so he went back to the ED where an MRI revealed an abnormal narrowing of the arteries in his brain. He was diagnosed with reversible cerebral vasoconstriction related to hot pepper ingestion after additional testing failed to find another cause for his condition. He made a full recovery and was discharged from the hospital.

Case 2: A 25-year-old man developed severe chest pain, 5 days after starting a new weight loss program that involved daily consumption of oral cayenne pepper pills. He went to an ED where he was diagnosed with a heart attack believed to be related to his repeated ingestion of capsaicin-containing cayenne pepper. He was then admitted to the hospital and treated with blood thinners, aspirin, and pain medications. Fortunately, he made a complete recovery, and had no further chest pain.

Case 3: A 14-year-old boy fainted at school shortly after participating in the One Chip Challenge and was taken to the school nurse.  His mother picked him up from school but he passed out again at home a few hours later. His family took him to the emergency department where he was pronounced dead. 

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Paqui ‘One Chip Challenge’ Is Being Pulled From Shelves - The New York Times, 9/7/2023

Snack company removes spicy ‘One Chip Challenge’ product after teen’s death - The Washington Post, 9/7/2023

Capsaicin General Fact Sheet- National Pesticide Information Center Experts warn against the #OneChipChallenge allegedly sending kids to the hospital- New York Post , 9/19/2022

Paqui removes 2023 'One Chip Challenge' from store shelves, citing teen use

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Snack company Paqui is choosing to remove it's signature spicy chips from store shelves around the country this week, after a Massachusetts teenager died while trying to complete the company's advertised "One Chip Challenge."

Harris Wolobah, 14, was found unresponsive and not breathing earlier this month in Worcester, Massachusetts, and was pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to police. His death is being investigated by a state medical examiner, whose office did not immediately respond Thursday to a request for comment.

The teen's family said on a GoFundMe page they " suspect " Wolobah's death to be related to complications from the "One Chip Challenge."

The extremely hot corn chips that Paqui LLC, marketed as part of its "One Chip Challenge" are made with Carolina Reaper and Naga Viper peppers and are meant only for adult consumption, according to packaging labels.

"We care about all of our consumers and have made the decision to remove the product from shelves," Paqui spokesperson Kim Metcalfe told USA TODAY.

The decision to pull the "One Chip Challenge" chips from store shelves this week comes after the company saw an "increase in teen usage" of the product, Metcalfe said. The move by the Austin, Texas-based company is voluntarily, and is not a recall, she said. The company's website also says it made the decision out of "an abundance of caution," noting the individually wrapped "One Chip Challenge" product adhered to food safety standards.

"We are actively working with our retailers and are offering refunds for any purchases of our single-serve one chip challenge product," Metcalfe said in the statement.

Paqui chips have been available at gas stations, drug stores and some food retailers, according to the company website's store locator. The company makes other flavored tortilla chips, including Zesty Salsa Verde and Mucho Nacho Cheese varieties.

Are extremely spicy foods dangerous?

The heat or pain we feel after eating a hot pepper is not an indication of physical harm, according to federal researchers . Rather, it's a neurological signal our body sends to our brain telling us not to take another bite.

"People have a misconception about heat from peppers. There is not actual heat, it's a brain trick," said Ed Currie, the creator of the Carolina Reaper pepper.

There have been instances of people complaining of headaches after eating the Carolina Reaper, however.

In 2018, a 34-year-old man went to the emergency room complaining of severe headaches just days after eating the pepper. Newsweek reported that  brain scans revealed constricted arteries  that eventually returned to their normal state five weeks later. In 2020, the National Center for Biotechnological Information reported an incident of a 15-year-old boy who ate a Carolina Reaper and  had an acute cerebellar stroke  two days later after being hospitalized because of headaches.

What is the Scoville Scale?

The Carolina Reaper is one of the hottest peppers in the world on the Scoville Scale.

The scale reflects the level of heat of a pepper based on the level capsaicin it contains.

The scale was invented in 1912 by a pharmacologist named Wilbur Scoville, according to the commerce department's National Institute of Standards and Safety. To measure the heat of a pepper, its capsaicinoids are diluted until the heat can no longer be tasted by a panel taste testers, the NIST's website says.

The longer a pepper takes to dilute, the higher it rates on the Scoville Scale.

What is the One Chip Challenge?

In recent years, the brand Paqui has sold individually wrapped corn chips made with hot peppers and advertised the #OneChipChallenge on their website, encouraging consumers to tag the company on social media after they try to eat the chip and see how long they can keep from eating or drinking anything else afterwards.

Videos posted to TikTok show young people and adults unwrapping the single triangle-shaped corn chip, which is covered in a layer of pepper, and challenging themselves to eat it. Some videos have upwards of 200,000 likes.

Extracts vs. organic heat

People interested in exploring spicy foods should consider that manufactured foods can contain exaggerated versions of the spiciness that occurs naturally in hot peppers, Currie said.

Hot peppers can be turned up a notch and become intolerably hot for everyday consumers when their oils are condensed into an extract, said hot pepper competition winner Kelly Myers, of Leighton, Pennsylvania.

"Unfortunately, there are things with extract in it where the pepper is not at its organic level anymore," he said.

Beyond that, it's also possible to use chemicals to create spicy substances that rate higher on the Scoville Scale than organic peppers eaten on their own, according to Currie.

Contributing: Claire Mulroy, USA TODAY

Paqui

The Paqui One Chip Challenge is intended for adults only, with clear and prominent labeling highlighting the chip is not for children or anyone sensitive to spicy foods or who has food allergies, is pregnant or has underlying health conditions.   

We have seen an increase in teens and other individuals not heeding these warnings.  as a result, while the product continues to adhere to food safety standards, out of an abundance of caution, we are actively working with our retailers to remove the product from shelves.  , we are also offering refunds on our single-serve one chip challenge product., for refunds please click here or call 1-866-528-6848., 2023 paqui one chip challenge.

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What the Scoville rating for the 2023 One Chip Challenge?

We do not have an official Scoville rating for the chip itself, however the seasoning used in the chip contains two of the hottest peppers currently available. Carolina Reaper Peppers, which are around 1.7 million Scoville Units and Naga Viper Pepper which around 1.4 million Scoville Units.

What does the 2023 One Chip Challenge have in it?

The 2023 One Chip Challenge chips contains Blue Corn, Sunflower and/or Safflower Oil, Carolina Reaper Pepper, Naga Viper Pepper, and Sea Salt.

Does the 2023 One Chip Challenge chip have activated charcoal or color dye in it?

No, the 2023 One Chip Challenge chip does not contain activated charcoal or color dye.

Does the 2023 One Chip Challenge contain any allergens?

The 2023 One Chip Challenge does not contain any of the FDA’s Top 9 recognized allergens.

Is it Kosher/ Halal?

The 2023 One Chip Challenge is not certified Kosher or Halal.

How do I prepare for the One Chip Challenge?

Please read product warning. Cool down by drinking milk or eating ice cream. Consult a physician, if necessary.

The Spiciest Chip in the World is Only Sold One at a Time

By rebecca oconnell | sep 21, 2016.

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If chili cooking competitions and hot sauce festivals have taught us anything, it's that people love when their treats bring the heat. The latest offering in that category: the Carolina Reaper Madness chip, considered the spiciest tortilla chip in the world and said to be so hot that each package only contains a single chip.

The Paqui chips product is individually wrapped in red packaging that sports an illustration of the Grim Reaper. To complete the theme, the wrapped chip is then housed in a red coffin-shaped cardboard.

"We're always looking to push the limits to find fun ways for our fans and consumers to engage with us," Jeff Day, Brand Manager of Paqui Chips, told Mashable . "When we decided that we wanted to make the world's hottest chip, we first said, well, we need to find the world's hottest pepper."

A single chip might seem like a measly snack, but the company argues that most people will have trouble even finishing it. As the name implies, the spiciest chip gets its spiciness from the world's hottest pepper: the Carolina Reaper Pepper. These bright red, wrinkly peppers are so hot that they can lead to a host of health problems like vomiting, seizures, and shortness of breath. To add to this kick, the chip also comes with ghost pepper and chipotle seasoning. The fiery concoction took Paqui Chips and Chef Smokin' Ed Currie several months to perfect.

"It's the hottest chip you'll ever have, I can guarantee you that," Currie said. "After you eat that one chip, trust me, you're not looking to dig back into the bag and have a second one. So, one chip is what we created to have the experience."

If you'd like to try the chip yourself, you can snag one for $4.99 on Paqui's website . The sellers recommend that adventurous eaters chase the chip with ice cream, milk, yogurt, or honey—water will just make it worse.

[h/t Mashable ]

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The family of a Massachusetts teen who died last week reportedly believes his death has something to do with his eating of a spicy chip as part of a challenge advertised on a snack company’s website. 

Now those chips have been removed from shelves "out of an abundance of caution," the company, Paqui LLC, said in a statement posted on its website. Teen Harris Wolobah's cause of death has not yet been revealed, Fox News Digital previously reported.

Wolobah reportedly ate the chip at school and became sick. His family then picked him up and he started to feel better — but he was later found passed out and was taken to a hospital, where he died, FOX Business reported.

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Fox News Digital reached out to Paqui LLC for comment.

One Chip Challenge causing some kids to get sick

A Massachusetts teen died last week after taking part in the viral "One Chip Challenge." These chips are now being removed from store shelves. The teen's cause of death has not yet been revealed, Fox News Digital reported on Sept. 5. (Sarah Dussault/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images)

"Any time you're sort of testing the body to its maximum, bad things can happen," Bradford Holland, M.D., an otolaryngologist in Central Texas, told Fox News Digital. 

"They have formulated this [chip] to have extremely high doses of capsaicin, which can be a toxic substance to the body," he added. "Although most people can tolerate it, some people can’t."

Sarah Soden, director of the division of developmental and behavioral health at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, agreed.

"Any time we are doing an activity that goes against our body’s own natural instinct to protect itself, we can get hurt," Soden told Fox News Digital. "Choking is a risk with an activity like this."

The "One Chip Challenge" is part of a marketing campaign by Paqui, a Texas-based company that sells tortilla chips.

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It involves eating a single spicy tortilla chip seasoned with Carolina Reaper and Naga Viper peppers, and then waiting as long as possible before eating or drinking anything else.

Paqui chip

The challenge — part of a marketing campaign — consists of eating the extremely spicy Paqui chip and waiting as long as possible before drinking or eating. (Sarah Dussault/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images)

The Carolina Reaper is one of the world's hottest peppers, with a measurement of 1.641 million Scoville Heat Units (SHU), according to a website called PepperHead. 

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The pepper, according to the website, is a cross between a ghost pepper and a red habanero, and was bred in South Carolina.

ghost pepper and habanero pepper split

The Carolina Reaper, one of the peppers used on the chip, is a cross between a ghost pepper and a red habanero. (iStock)

The Naga Viper pepper is a cross of three peppers — Naga Morich, Ghost Pepper and a Trinidad Scorpion pepper — and has an SHU of 1.349 million.

Hot peppers contain capsaicin, which is a plant extract that in small doses is actually thought to be healthy, Holland said.

"But it's also an irritant to the mouth and the linings of the body wherever it touches it," Holland said. 

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"It can be an extreme irritant, so that's where you can get into trouble. Typically we don't see life-threatening injuries, but it can be very uncomfortable," he added.

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Holland explained that for someone without medical problems, high doses of capsaicin can cause mouth burns and esophageal burns, stomach issues, nausea and vomiting, which are not that uncommon. 

But if saliva-laden capsaicin gets into the lungs, it can cause pneumonitis — an inflammation that can be serious, especially for people with preexisting conditions, Holland added.

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"Certainly if someone is prone to having heart or cardiovascular disease, this could be the inciting event that pushes them over to heart attack or stroke," he said.

Holland continued, "There have been very few reports of heart attacks induced because of these kinds of extremes, and that’s usually in an older person."

Paqui One Chip Challenge packaging

Paqui does issue a warning on the back of the chip and some more recommendations on its website. (Sarah Dussault/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images)

Allergic reactions are another risk, according to Holland.

"Any time you have a severe reaction in the lining of the mouth, there is a chance of having an anaphylactic-like reaction, like a bee sting, where you get swelling in the airway and that's potentially dangerous," Holland said. 

"The major complications seem rare, but they are out there."

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"One Chip Challenge" participants who can make it one hour without eating or drinking anything are deemed "invincible," according to the Paqui website.

The chips do, however, come with a warning on the Paqui website, including keeping the chip out of children's reach, avoiding the chip for those who are pregnant or have any medical conditions or who are sensitive to spicy foods or allergic to peppers or capsaicin.

The Paqui website also recommends that people who have touched the chips avoid touching their eyes or other sensitive areas before they wash their hands with soap.

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Paqui advises seeking medical assistance if those taking part in the challenge experience difficulty breathing, fainting or extended nausea.

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The tortilla chip company advised seeking medical help if the user experiences any difficulty breathing. (iStock)

Though no cause of Wolobah’s death has been released, Paqui announced on Sept. 7 that the company is working with retailers to pull the product from shelves.

It stated, "We have seen an increase in teens and other individuals not heeding these warnings. As a result, while the product continues to adhere to food safety standards, out of an abundance of caution, we are actively working with our retailers to remove them from shelves."

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Holland said, "It’s not a wise choice for anyone to put a toxic substance into their system. The complications are rare, but they could be serious. These challenges are not as innocent as everybody thinks. It does carry a potential risk."

pic.twitter.com/zQqfVwgTGD — Paqui Chips (@paquichips)  September 7, 2023

In the mid-2000s, the "Cinnamon Challenge" called for kids to eat a spoonful of ground cinnamon in under 60 seconds without drinking — having some of the same potential health risks to participants.

"Fads like this have been around for many years, but in this era of social media, they come and go more quickly," Soden said. 

"It’s normal for teens to be curious and adventurous, but it’s important to remember that even things that seem silly or harmless can be deadly," she added.

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Soden said fostering a non-threatening environment for parent-child conversation is key.

one chip difficulty breathing

"It’s normal for teens to be curious and adventurous, but it’s important to remember that even things that seem silly or harmless can be deadly," Soden shared with Fox News Digital. (Sarah Dussault/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images/iStock)

"The most important thing to protect our kids from all types of risky behaviors is to have an open line of communication with them," Soden said. 

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"Teens who feel that their parents are interested, open and nonjudgmental are more likely to talk about what they are seeing and reading," she added.

Fox News Digital's Kyle Morris and FOX Business' Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

Gretchen Eichenberg is a contributing reporter for Fox News Digital.

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Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper vs One Chip Challenge (2023?

Last Updated on July 12, 2023 by Shari Mason

The Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper and the One Chip Challenge are popular heat tolerance tests for chili pepper aficionados and thrill-seekers. 

These challenges have gained widespread popularity for their intense heat and the thrill of seeing if one can handle the intense spice. 

We will examine the differences between these two spicy challenges and what makes them so unique.

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Comparing Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper & One Chip Challenge

The Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper and the One Chip Challenge are popular heat tolerance tests for those who enjoy spicy food. 

The Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper is a tortilla chip made with ghost pepper, known for its intense heat and spicy flavor. 

The One Chip Challenge involves eating a single chip made with the most chili pepper [ 1 ] in the world, the Carolina Reaper.

Typically, ghost peppers have 1 million SHU on the Scoville scale, while Carolina Reapers have 1.5 to 2 million SHU. This makes the One Chip Challenge hotter than the Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper.

These challenges are not recommended for those who are sensitive to spicy food or have a low tolerance for heat. It is crucial to always listen to your body and never consume anything that may cause discomfort or harm.

For those who enjoy spicy food and have a high tolerance for heat, the Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper and the One Chip Challenge offer an exciting and unique way to test their heat tolerance. 

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  • How Many Scoville Units Is A Ghost Pepper?

How To Do The Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper Challenge

The Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper Challenge involves eating a single tortilla chip made with ghost pepper, known for its intense heat and spicy flavor.

To participate in the challenge, purchase a bag of Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper chips and eat one chip. 

It is important to note that ghost pepper has a heat level of around 1 million Scoville units, so it is not recommended for those who are sensitive to spicy food or have a low tolerance for heat. 

It is also essential to have access to milk to help cool your mouth and alleviate any discomfort that may arise from eating such a spicy chip.

Read : Can A Carolina Reaper Kill You?

How To Do The One Chip Challenge

The One Chip Challenge involves eating a single chip made with Carolina Reaper, the world’s hottest chili pepper.

It is essential to remember that the Carolina Reaper has a heat level of around 2 million Scoville units, making it significantly hotter than most chili peppers. 

Before attempting the challenge, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with your limits and never consume anything that may cause discomfort or harm. 

Who Should Try The Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper & The One Chip Challenge?

The Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper and the One Chip Challenge are only recommended for some, as they are pretty spicy and can cause discomfort or harm if not approached with caution. 

Those who enjoy hot and spicy flavors and are looking for a new challenge to test their limits would be the ideal candidates for these challenges. 

However, even for those experienced with spicy food, it is essential to approach these challenges with caution and never to consume anything that may cause discomfort or harm. 

Are Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper & One Chip Challenge Safe? 

While the Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper and the One Chip Challenge are marketed as food challenges, they can be potentially dangerous for some people. 

Consuming large amounts of spicy food can cause various symptoms, including heartburn, indigestion, stomach pain, and diarrhea.

“Ghost peppers are sneaky mothers. There is a fifteen- or twenty-second delay before the burn kicks in — that’s why they are called ghosts. ~Eddie Hernandez, Mexican-American Chef

In extreme cases, consuming spicy food can also lead to anaphylaxis [ 2 ], a severe and life-threatening allergic reaction.

Additionally, the ghost pepper and Carolina Reaper used in these chips have incredibly high levels of heat, with the Carolina Reaper being among the hottest chili peppers in the world. 

Eating even small amounts of these peppers can cause intense pain, burning, and discomfort for those who are sensitive to spicy food or have a low tolerance for heat.

Which Paqui chip is the spiciest?

The spiciest Paqui chip is the Paqui Carolina Reaper chip, made with the world’s hottest chili pepper, the Carolina Reaper.

Why does your stomach hurt after One Chip Challenge?

Consuming large amounts of spicy food, such as the Carolina Reaper chip in the One Chip Challenge, can cause many symptoms, including stomach pain. This is because the capsaicin in spicy peppers stimulates nerve endings in the mouth and throat, causing a burning sensation. 

Final Thoughts

The Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper chip and the One Chip Challenge are great options for those who enjoy spicy foods. 

The Haunted Ghost Pepper chip is a more traditional chip made with a blend of ingredients, including one of the hottest peppers in the world, to provide consistent and intense heat. 

On the other hand, the One Chip Challenge is a singular chip meant to be consumed entirely and provides a spiciness that builds over time. 

Ultimately, both the Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper chip and the One Chip Challenge are perfect for those who are looking for a daring and memorable snacking experience.

References:

  • https://www.britannica.com/plant/chili-pepper
  • https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anaphylaxis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351468
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Spicy Snacks: Paqui Haunted Ghost Chili Chips

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Bottom Line: The flavor from the Paqui Haunted Ghost Chili Chips may seem rather one-dimensional at first, but they quickly become addictive and definitely deliver on the heat.

Paqui is an Austin-based company that makes flavored tortilla chips from “100% Real Ingredients” and they happen to specialize in spicy seasonings for their products. I stumbled across the Haunted Ghost Pepper chips in my local HEB and figured I had to see just how spicy they are. They are also known for the Carolina Reaper “One Chip Challenge”, but we will get to that in a little bit.

The Haunted Ghost Pepper chips have a strong peppery taste with that unique hint of ghost chili and a little bit of saltiness, though they actually do not have a lot of flavor beyond that. The chip itself has the rustic, earthy taste you expect from a product made with all-natural ingredients.  At first, I found myself wishing for some tomato tanginess or barbeque smokiness, and/or a bit of sweetness to engage the taste buds. But after eating a few, I found they became rather addictive and decided that the taste was fine. And as far as heat, these chips definitely deliver! But a word of warning that they are rather deceptive, and you will probably think these are not too hot after eating the first one or two. By the time you are on your third or fourth chip, though, that spice is kicking up a very pungent party in your mouth!

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Paqui (prounounced pah-kee) is an Aztec word that means “to be happy”. Their chips are 100% Non-GMO with no artificial ingredients, flavors or preservatives, and they are also Gluten free, Vegan, and contain no trans-fat. I’m not quite certain all that makes them a healthy option (those celery sticks are calling), but at least healthier than many of the overly processed snack selections put out by the mega-corps. They are located here in Texas, but available in other parts of the country. You can check and see if they are on sale near you with the store locator on their website.

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Ingredients: Ground Corn, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil and/or Sunflower Oil, Salt, Ghost Pepper, Potato Starch, Cayenne Pepper, Chipotle Pepper Powder, Cane Sugar, Natural Flavor, Yeast Extract, Onion Powder, Citric Acid (for flavor), Garlic Powder, Chili Powder

Serving Size: 1 Oz (about 10 chips) Calories: 140 Fat: 7g (1g Sat/0g Trans) Protein: 2g Carbs: 18g Sodium: 210mg

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Trader Joe’s Ghost Pepper Chips – You’ve Got to be Kidding Me!

My latest trip to Trader Joe’s landed a bounty of goodies including this cool looking bag of Ghost Pepper potato chips.

I am not a spicy food junkie but I do like crunchy heat so I was looking forward to giving these chips a try.  It turns out that these are pretty tasty chips but the heat does not live up to expectations.

Trader Joe's Ghost Pepper Chips

Nutrition and Ingredients

Let’s take a closer look at what you get with this bag of chips.

Nutrition Facts

You get seven ounces of chips per bag.  One ounce, about 13 chips, is a single serving.

The nutritional facts for a single serving are:

  • Calories: 140
  • Fat: 8g (10% DV)
  • Cholesterol: 0mg (0% DV)
  • Sodium: 160mg (7% DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 17g (6% DV)
  • Protein: 2g

Ghost Chips Nutrition

Ingredient List

The chips have the following ingredients:

  • Sunflower oil
  • Maltodextrin
  • Spices (black pepper, cumin, ghost chili pepper, jalapeno, parsley)
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Yeast extract
  • Citric acid
  • Chili pepper flavor
  • Smoke flavor

The seven ounce bag of chips costs $2.49.

Price of Ghost Pepper Chips at Trader Joe's

Taste Test!

The Ghost Pepper potato chips at Trader Joe’s are NOT spicy.  Flaming Hot Cheetos and Trader Joe’s Spicy Vegetable Rinds are much spicier than these potato chips.

I showed the bag of Ghost Pepper chips to my daughter, offered her one and she said, “Oh, hell no!”  She is not into ghost peppers at any level and think foods that are that spicy are best reserved for her idiot brother.

I convinced her to eat one chip at which point she said, “Oh, these aren’t spicy at all.”

When I ate a handful of chips at once then I did get a glimmer of heat in the back of my throat.  Sometimes I would get a whisp of heat from a single chip.

Go back and look at the ingredient list above and you will see how little ghost pepper is actually in the mix.

Pile of Ghost Pepper Chips

Once you get past the fact that these are NOT spicy chips they are in fact quite tasty.  I love the lattice cut, the chips are crisp and there is a great sweet and savory balance going on.

I am glad I bought the chips and will gladly eat the whole bag but I am disappointed that the are not real Ghost Pepper chips.

These chips follow the pattern of other Trader Joe’s products like their chipotle black bean dip that promise heat but do not deliver.

The Chips Have Cute Packaging

For what it is worth I think the packaging for the chips is cute.

The red and black color scheme really pops and the massive white GHOST PEPPER with the funky font on the front of the bag is intimidating.

The chips even have a cute poem on the back of the bag.

Funny Poem on Chip Bag

These chips are tasty but I doubt that I will buy them again.

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Ghost Pepper Chips

by Mike Hultquist · Oct 19, 2018 · 4 Comments · Jump to Recipe

Make your own extra spicy ghost pepper chips at home with this recipe. Homemade spicy tortilla chips are hotter than anything you'll get in the store.

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Homemade Ghost Pepper Chips Recipe

Have you ever tried ghost pepper chips? You know, those ghost pepper dusted chips you can buy from the store that promise all sorts of heat. Most well-known is the Paqui Chip , but I see other brands popping up all over in big brand names and nationwide stores.

The thing is, often times these spicy chips and other foods made with ghost peppers are geared toward the mass market, and for the mass market in general, the true intensity of the ghost pepper is just too hot, so the makers tamp the heat to fit the general palate.

Grab a bag of chips that promises a world of spiciness for the true spicy food lover, and we're quite often left disappointed.

Now we're making our own extra spicy Ghost Pepper Chips at home!

Ghost Pepper Chips - In a bowl, ready to enjoy

I made these with some of the Homemade Ghost Pepper Powder I made from ghost peppers I grew in my garden this year, then dehydrated them and ground them into a powder.

You can learn more about how to dehydrate chili peppers to make chili powders here .

I fried up some sliced corn tortillas until they were nice and crispy, then tossed them with the ghost powder. The result? SPICY!

Now you can make them at home, too. Let's talk about how we make them, shall we?

Spicy Ghost Pepper Chips Ingredients

  • Corn Tortillas.
  • Canola Oil. Or other neutral oil.
  • Ghost Pepper Powder.

How to Make Spicy Ghost Pepper Chips at Home - The Recipe Method

The process of making Ghost Pepper Chips

First, add some canola oil or other neutral oil to a wide pot and heat it to medium heat. It should measure 350 degrees F. Do not let it boil or smoke.

You'll know it’s ready when you add a crumb of tortilla and it sizzles up.

Next , slice some corn tortillas into wedges and fry them in the oil in batches a couple minutes per side, flipping here and there with tongs, until they begin to slightly brown.

  • Remove and drain them on a paper towel lined plate. Dash them with salt and ghost pepper powder while they are hot.
  • Add them to a bowl and toss them with more ghost pepper powder. It's important to do this while they are hot so the ghost pepper powder and salt stick to the chips.

BOOM! DONE!

These chips are crunchy and crispy and I can personally verify that, YEP! They got some HEAT!

I love it. I know you will too, you crazy spicy food lovers.

I hope you enjoy them.

Learn more about ghost peppers – aka Bhut Jolokia peppers .

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Be careful handling hot chili powders, especially ghost powder. When working with hotter peppers, including superhots, it is important to wear gloves when handling the peppers both in raw and dried forms. The oils can get on your skin and cause burning sensations.
  • Need help? How to Stop the Chili Pepper Burn On Your Skin .
  • Also, if you're looking for an EVEN HOTTER version of this recipe, try tossing the chips with 7-pot powder, scorpion powder, or Carolina Reaper powder. Oh baby! HOT! In such a good way.

Storage & Leftovers

Storing your  Ghost Pepper Chips  in an  airtight container  in the fridge will keep them safe for up to 1-2 weeks, but I doubt they will last they long. They are too good for that!

Try Some of My Popular Ghost Pepper Recipes

  • Crispy Grilled Ghost Pepper Wings
  • Sweet and Spicy Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon
  • Ghost Pepper Chicken Curry
  • Baked Ghost Pepper Chicken Wings
  • Fresh Ghost Pepper Salsa
  • Ghost Pepper Salsa
  • Ghost Pepper Jelly
  • Carolina Reaper Hot Sauce

Also see:  How to Make Homemade Crispy Tortilla Chips

Recommended Products

Try the original Paqui Ghost Pepper Chips or the Paqui One Chip Challenge (Reaper Chips) - affiliate links, my friends!

Where Can I Get Ghost Pepper Powder?

As mentioned, I grew my own ghost peppers, dehydrated them and ground them into chili powder, but you can find ghost pepper powder online. Here is an Amazon Affiliate link to try.

Buy Ghost Pepper Powder .

Ghost Pepper Chips - In a bowl, nice and spicy

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help.  If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

Ghost Pepper Chips Recipe

Ghost Pepper Chips Recipe

Ingredients.

  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup canola oil or other neutral oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons ghost pepper powder

Instructions

  • Add the canola oil to a wide pot and heat to medium (should measure 350 degrees F). Do not let it boil or smoke. You know it’s ready when you add a crumb of tortilla and it sizzles up.
  • Slice the tortillas into 6 wedges and fry them in the oil in batches a couple minutes per side, flipping here and there with tongs, until they begin to slightly brown.

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John Shotsky says

April 21, 2022 at 10:12 am

Mike Hultquist says

April 21, 2022 at 11:53 am

I hope enjoy them enough for 5 stars, John. LOL. I have no immediate plans to make ghost pepper potato chips, though perhaps in the future. Would be a similar process, though.

Damien C. says

March 23, 2019 at 3:21 pm

Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

March 23, 2019 at 3:30 pm

That's hilarious. I love this one for sure.

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If you are a fan of the Paqui brand of chips, you may have heard that they are ghost pepper chips. These chips are made with the infamous ghost pepper, which is known for being extremely spicy yet deliciously flavorful.

Paqui is a chip brand that is known for creating some of the spiciest chips you are ever going to taste. These are the kinds of chips that you are not going to be able to sit down and eat mindlessly, as they are far too spicy for that.

It has made a name for itself by creating uniquely spicy chips from some of the spiciest peppers in the world. Including its Carolina reaper chips, which are considered to be the spiciest chips in the world.

Keep reading to find out more about the Paqui ghost pepper chips and just how spicy these chips really are.

Paqui Ghost Pepper Chips Review

If you have heard of Paqui, you have probably heard of the Paqui ghost pepper chips that it also sells. This is one of its chip flavors that is extremely spicy as it is flavored with ghost peppers, which are some of the spiciest pepper options out there.

The Paqui brand has made its name by creating some of the spiciest chip options you are going to find anywhere. Most of these chips have to be specially ordered, as you’re not going to typically find them and just any grocery store.

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The ghost pepper chips are specifically popular and have a deliciously hot and spicy flavor that any spice lover would enjoy. The downside is that they are extremely spicy and can only be tolerated by those who are used to very spicy foods .

If you sit down to enjoy a bag of these ghost pepper chips, you may want to have some milk or water on hand. They are very spicy, and the spice typically starts to build up the more chips you eat, making its way into your throat.

They are very flavorful and zesty tasting, but eventually, you will not be able to taste the flavor at all. Despite how spicy these chips are, Paqui still has other chip flavors that are even spicier.

Ghost Pepper Chips Scoville Units

If you are interested in trying the Paqui ghost pepper chips, you may be wondering how many Scoville units there are. This is a good question to ask as this is a way to measure just how spicy these chips really are.

The Scoville scale is used for spicy peppers to indicate how many spice units each pepper has. This is a great way to be able to tell just how spicy a pepper is or a pepper-flavored product.

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Paqui has estimated that its ghost pepper chips are around 1 million Scoville units . This means that these chips are quite spicy and are going to really deliver the heat when you are eating them.

These are very hot chips and should only be eaten by those who have A tolerance to heat already. Otherwise, they will be entirely overwhelming and far too spicy for those who are not used to spicy foods.

Paqui Ghost Pepper Chips Ingredients

Now that you know just how spicy the ghost pepper chips are from Paqui, you may be wondering what the ingredients are. After all, what exactly in these chips is making them so spicy?

When you first look at the ingredients for these ghost pepper chips, nothing really stands out as unusual. The heat really comes down to the mixture of seasonings that Paqui uses in its ghost pepper chips to bring the heat.

If you are interested in trying these ghost pepper chips, it is a good idea to have a look at the ingredients list. Especially if you have food allergies as you do not want to have an allergic reaction to the spicy chips .

Ground Corn

The chips themselves are made from ground corn, much like other types of tortilla chips or Doritos. This creates a substantial chip that has a nice bite to it as well as a tortilla flavor all on its own.

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So these ghost pepper chips are not going to be the standard type of potato chip that you may be expecting. These chips are quite thick and substantial, giving you a nice crunch when you bite into them.

If you are feeling brave, these would also be great chips to dip into things for additional flavor. This could be a great way to help cool down some of the spice from these chips if you dip them into something cool and creamy.

These chips are made with canola and sunflower oil, most likely making up the chip recipe as well as being used to fry the chips in. These are both light oils that are very mild flavored, so they should not impact the flavor at all.

This means that each chip may have a slight oiliness to it like some different kinds of tortilla chips. This helps the seasoning blend to stick so that every single chip is full of flavor and heat when you bite into it.

These ghost pepper chips are made with a seasoning blend to give them flavor and that kick of extreme heat. This includes ghost pepper, Cayenne powder, sugar, salt, Chipotle pepper powder, onion powder, and garlic powder.

This blend of seasonings creates a very flavorful chip that is going to be just as delicious as it is spicy.

The Spiciest Chips You Can Get In America

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Spicy chips are one of the most craveable snack options around. Sometimes, we just need the full-body experience of eating something too hot. We want our mouths to burn, our foreheads to sweat, our eyes to water, and our mid-sections to warm. It's a dining experience like no other. Salty, sweet, bitter, umami, or even sour, do not deliver in the same way that spicy does. With spicy chips, in particular, eating them provides a separate moment within your day to be in the moment and feel the burn.

We've all noticed the growing popularity of spicy snacks. Frito-Lay, the company behind Flamin' Hot products, continues to expand its lineup as consumer interest in hot foods grows (via Eater ). There are also newer companies like Paqui creating viral hot chip challenges. But not all products that claim to be spicy deliver on that promise. We're here to sort through the hype.

Everyone's spice tolerance is different, but we're looking at what effect each chip, in general, has on people. Does the chip produce a slow burn or an instant fire? Does it send you to the hospital, or does it allow you to finish a whole bag safely? Read on to learn about the spiciest chips you can get in America.

Paqui One Chip Challenge

The Austin-based snack maker Paqui continues to dominate the spicy snack market with its viral One Chip Challenge. You've seen it on TikTok , sometimes referred to as the "Hottest Chip Challenge," and on YouTube on popular shows like " Hot Ones ." Upon eating the single chip — which comes individually packaged in a coffin-shaped box — diners become so sick they are sometimes hospitalized (via The Sacramento Bee ). As far as chips go, this is surely the hottest you can get.

Paqui releases new chips every year as part of the One Chip Challenge, with 2021's chip being the fifth iteration of the challenge, per FoodBeast . In 2021, the chip was made with two different, extremely spicy peppers. The chip contained Carolina Reaper chili peppers, which typically rank higher than 2 million Scoville units on the spiciness scale. It also contained scorpion peppers, which rank at about 1.5 million Scoville units. There is maybe only one hotter pepper in the world, the Dragon's Breath , which is basically inedible.

The One Chip Challenge might be the spiciest snack out there, second only to eating the peppers whole. Some say eating this single tortilla chip is the most painful experience of their lives. One Reddit user said, "I've broken bones before, I've gotten decently bad burns, I've been cut, and never before have I felt agonizing pain of wanting to jump out a window before, until I had this chip."

Takis Fuego

Takis are tortilla chips that have been rolled to achieve their final tube-shaped form. The chips are produced by Barcel USA , an American snack company that's part of Grupo Bimbo, a food maker based in Mexico (via Forbes ). Takis have been an important part of American snacking culture since arriving in the states in 2001, according to a company press release . Takis flavors include Fuego, Blue Heat, Crunchy Fajitas, Guacamole, and Nitro. Takis Fuego, the flagship flavor, is the spiciest.

By name alone, you may be tempted to think that Takis Nitro are hotter than Takis Fuego. But you would be wrong to think so. Despite the fact that  Takis Nitro  are flavored with habanero chilis, they don't beat Fuego.

Tasters seem to agree that Fuego is the hottest. Serious Eats wrote that its tasters found Fuego to be significantly spicier than the other flavors. A food blogger said of the chips "You need to like the heat to eat a lot of them at once." 

Doritos Flamin' Hot Cool Ranch

Doritos makes its share of spicy flavors , including several Flamin' Hot ones. There's Cheetos-inspired heat inside of Doritos flavors like Flamin' Hot Nacho and Flamin' Hot Limón. Then, there is Mexican-inspired spiciness in flavors like Doritos Dinamita and Doritos Flamas. Some people even think the Doritos Tapatío chips (flavored with the famous hot sauce) are the spiciest. But our research points to Flamin' Hot Cool Ranch as the spiciest Doritos flavor.

But Doritos appears to be under-selling the heat in these chips by describing them as "Cool Ranch," as reviews show that it's one spicy chip. Taquitos wrote in its review, "Once the heat took over, it was difficult to notice any ranch, and the net result was a hot one, not a cool one." Brand Eating agreed, writing "The Cool Ranch portion doesn't do much to cool it down."

Flamin' Hot products are always decently spicy. But the Flamin' Hot Cool Ranch chips might be some of the hottest. Thrillist said, "These dusted tortilla triangles actually gave me a chili-induced coughing fit." On Reddit , one poster said "I like spicy, but I don't like things so spicy I can't taste the flavor. That's the situation here."

Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper

In addition to the One Chip Challenge, Paqui makes more normal chips. By more normal, we mean that eating them is less likely to send you to the hospital. Also, you'll get a whole bag of chips, instead of just one. However, these tortilla chips are still spicier than most. Flavors  such as Jalapeño Tropicale, Fiery Chile Limón, and Zesty Salsa Verde utilize natural spices like paprika and jalapeño. But no flavor is hotter than Paqui's Haunted Ghost Pepper chips.

These chips are made with real ghost peppers , which typically contain over 1 million Scoville units per pepper. These chilis are some of the hottest in the world, along with Carolina Reapers, scorpion peppers, and others. Paqui's Haunted Ghost Pepper chips aren't light on the peppers, either — the chilis are one of the top five ingredients on the package. Based on photos from Nachonomics , these chips are not as heavily coated in seasoning as the One Chip Challenge. But they still pack a punch.

Spicy Food Reviews said of the chips, "The average mortal will likely bow out after only one or two chips (or perhaps after their first sniff of the contents)." Since the chips are vegan, they made it onto the website Abillion . There, one person wrote, "Once you get used to the blazing fire on your tongue I think they taste pretty good ... Do not underestimate them." Proceed with caution.

Zapp's Hotter 'N Hot Jalapeño

Zapp's is a brand of seasoned kettle chips that was purchased by the American snack company Utz . The chips are inspired by New Orleans and even produced near the city, according to New Orlean's tourism website . You can perceive the Southern culinary hub's influence on the brand, especially in chip flavors like Voodoo and Spicy Cajun Crawtators. The spiciest flavor of Zapp's is Hotter 'N Hot Jalapeño.

Review website Taquitos said the smell of Zapp's Hotter 'N Hot Jalapeño chips alone was dangerous, writing, "Intense jalapeño smell, fairly hot. Made my mouth water a little." One reviewer on Influenster warned, "They are definitely spicy so don't try them if you don't want some heat." But overall, these chips are not going to cause serious injury. After all, jalapeños register at only 8,000 Scoville units at most (via MasterClass ). This is a snack made for hot sauce lovers, not masochists.

Esquire noted that the heat from the chip's peppers tends to spread slowly around your mouth. For the novice, you can anticipate a prolonged burn. But for spice-lovers, these chips will have a manageable heat to them.

Mama Zuma's Revenge Hot Habanero

Mama Zuma's Revenge Hot Habanero chips are a spicy snack produced by Route 11 Potato Chips . This snack company is headquartered in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. All of the products made by Route 11 are kettle-style chips, including the spicy ones.

Per the chipmaker , Mama Zuma's Revenge Hot Habanero chips contain flavors of both barbecue and habanero. These dual elements are intended "to create a chip hot enough to satisfy most chiliheads, yet still be accepted by the public in general," as Route 11 says. Reviews seem to agree. The heat in these chips is more gradual, allowing you to control how hot you'll get. As Chip Review explains, "While these potato chips may not seem like they are the hottest chips at first, their sneaky, delayed, habanero heat brings the spicy vengeance!" You can play it safe with a few chips or turn up the heat with a whole bag.

There are fans of these chips — who appreciate the spicy nature of Mama Zuma's — across the internet. On Reddit , one person writes "I've always loved jalapeño potato chips, but more for the flavor than for the spice. My first experience with mama zuna's [sic] had me pausing to appreciate the heat." Another internet user said the chips are "one of the first Junk Foods on this site that promised HOT and delivered" (via The Junk Food Guy ).

Trader Joe's Ghost Pepper Chips

Trader Joe's Ghost Pepper Potato Chips may not look spicy with their yellow, Ruffles-like appearance, but you can be assured that these chips pack a punch. Ghost peppers, which contain an average of over 1 million Scoville units per pepper, are used to season these snacks. But are these chips just an advertising ploy by Trader Joe's? Or are they the real deal? Let's examine the reviews.

Mrs. Trader Joe's said there was heat, but it was manageable. "You'd think that these would pack a punch but unfortunately they didn't." The blog What's Good at Trader Joe's seemed to agree. They said that the heat "seemed to build a bit with each successive chip, but never to the point of unpleasantry." Even with a gradual burn, these two people aren't intimidated by Trader Joe's Ghost Pepper Potato Chips.

Everyone's spice tolerance is different. If you're someone who sweats when eating spicy ramen, swigs water when eating Flamin' Hot Cheetos, or stays away from Sriracha, these Ghost pepper chips might seem very hot to you. As Club Trader Joe's put it, "If you like your potato chips spicy hot, then these might be for you. They aren't really my cup of tea because they are pretty hot." Trader Joe's Grocery Reviews agreed that they were hot, saying, "I ate a bunch of them in a row and I definitely was feeling the heat all over my mouth and tongue."

Pringles Scorchin' Chili & Lime

Pringles Scorchin' is a line of spicy chips much like the Flamin' Hot series. The chipmaker is taking your favorite stackable, tube-packaged, salty snacks and adding a kick. In addition to Chili & Lime, the Scorchin' chips come in flavors  like BBQ, Cheddar, and Wavy Loaded Nachos. However, only one version turns out to be truly scorching hot: Chili & Lime. Pringles Scorchin' Chili & Lime are some spicy, stackable chips.

This flavor of Pringles Scorchin' outdoes the other members of this line. One snack reviewer said, "The hot peppers and lime all hit the taste buds at the same time and brought on an intense burn, a nice hot taste. Have a cold beverage handy, because this one's a scorcher!" They added that the Chili & Lime was hotter than the Cheddar flavor. The Impulsive Buy also said it was hotter than other members of the Scorchin' lineup. 

Pringles Scorchin' Chili & Lime chips do more than outperform their counterparts. The chips impress hard-to-please chiliheads. On the Pringles website, one person said this flavor was "The only chip I've ever tried that I find too spicy to eat more than 10 chips." To spice-lovers, that is music to their ears.

Lay's Flamin' Hot Dill Pickle

Lay's keeps things interesting by releasing new flavors of classic Lay's all the time. One unique flavor is Lay's Flamin' Hot Dill Pickle. According to the Food Network , the chips joined the company lineup for good in 2019. The tart-yet-hot snacks have been heating things up ever since.

According to reviews, these potato chips are spicy to most, but not all. More advanced spice lovers, such as the blogger Bo Williams , will tell you that the Lay's Flamin' Hot Dill Pickle chips are not hot enough. But some people are hard to please. Others who've tried this chip say it's enough for them.

Someone who attested to this snack's power was Courtney In the Middle Seat . That blogger said "If you've got a low spice tolerance you will want to slow down. The 'flamin hot' will kick in, heating up your mouth with a nice back-of-throat tingle." She Speaks agreed, writing "These chips have a good balance between the pickle flavor and a bit of heat!" On Target's website , someone warned "These are ridiculously hot and tasty. Beware they are both very spicy and a lot like salt/vinegar potato chips." For people who want hot, sweet, sour, and salty — all in one snack — these chips are for you.

Utz Red Hot

The chips made by American snack company Utz are nothing less than national treasures. With their delicate crunch, any of Utz's potato chip flavors make for easy snacking. For fans of the brand looking for spicy chips, look out for Utz Red Hot Chips .

Spicy Food Reviews said these chips were perfectly hot, writing "They still have a nice, spicy kick and will satisfy if you are looking for a snack with some heat." One person on Influenster said "Red hot certainly describes these well. Some chips just have a hint of heat, but if you eat just one of these, you will feel the heat right away." Blogger Dave's Cupboard was even more affected by the burn. "They caught my mouth on fire and made my lips burn for at least ten minutes after I was done eating them," the review said.

Utz Red Hot Chips are more well-rounded than most. Sometimes the spiciest chips are so hot they lack flavor. Utz aims to please your taste buds and bring the heat, and with the brand's Red Hot Chips, customers end up satisfied. Your mouth will feel red hot and your thirst for a tasty, spicy snack will be quenched.

Lay's Stax Xtra Flamin' Hot

One famously spicy flavor of Lay's Pringle competitor was Lay's Stax Que Rico Flamas . However, these chips are no longer listed on Lay's website . For the time being, we'll recommend another hot flavor of these chips that's been known to burn a few mouths. Spice fans, meet Lay's Stax Xtra Flamin' Hot.

As you can tell by the name, Lay's Stax Xtra Flamin' Hot are meant to have a higher level of heat than plain Flamin' Hot products. For some reason, Lay's Stax line does not include a regular Flamin' Hot flavor, but it does have an Xtra Flamin' Hot one. All the better for us fans of spicy food.

The heat of these chips are similar to other Flamin' Hot products. Capsaicin and chili powder are used to spice up  Flamin' Hot Cheetos . A similar recipe is also likely at play in Lay's Stax Xtra Flamin' Hot, but the ingredients list provides no clues other than "natural flavoring." Whatever is in there, it's going to burn. Chip Review said the powder was strong, saying that the chips "bring a lot of that unmistakable Flamin' Hot flavoring! And, they most certainly, without a doubt, bring a lot of XTRA heat on them." Another snack expert described their experience, writing "When I ate a whole bunch of them in a row, the heat lingered for quite a while, even after drinking some lemonade. Fairly hot, and quite good!"

Kettle Brand Krinkle Cut Habanero Lime

Kettle Brand is a potato chip maker. The company makes two types of spicy chips: Hot Jalapeño and Krinkle Cut Habanero Lime. Based on our research, the Habanero Lime is the spicer chip between the two. It's not surprising. One habanero's Scoville rating is significantly hotter than a jalapeño's (via Pepper Scale ). Habaneros are typically rated between 100,000 and 350,000 Scoville heat units. Jalapeños have between 2,500 and 8,000 Scoville units. A chip made with habaneros would be much hotter.

On its website, Kettle Brand hypes up the heat level of these chips. But do heat lovers really love them? Based on online reviews, it appears that they do.

Spicy Food Reviews said "The average mortal will struggle with these, but chiliheads will gobble them down." One person on Amazon warned "I wasn't expecting this level of hotness. Almost too hot. My nose was running after eating a few." Not only are these chips satisfyingly hot, but they also taste good, too. "This one brought on the heat, but not just the heat, as the flavoring was strong and quite tasty even beyond the heat," said Taquitos. Kettle Brand's Habanero Lime Chips are not just another hot-and-sour chip. The amount of habanero in these chips will have you sweating, yet the flavor will have you reaching for more.

El Sabroso Baja Limón Chile & Lime

El Sabroso is a Los Angeles snack brand that features Mexican-inspired flavors. These flavors are incorporated into tortilla chips, pork rinds, pork cracklins, corn chips, Cheeto-like products, and other snacks. El Sabroso even makes Takis-like rolled tortilla chips that come in a similar Chile 'N Lime  flavor. But the brand's spiciest chip has to be the Baja Limón Chile & Lime Seasoned Tortilla Chips.

This chip offers an opportunity to indulge in that chili powder and lime juice flavor in the form of a flat tortilla chip (instead of a rolled one). It's not the only chance you'll have to taste this type of chip, but El Sabroso's products are higher quality than most. Not only are these chips spicy, but they are full of flavor. Every tortilla triangle is dusted in the full-bodied flavor of chilis, limes, and salt. On Influenster , one person agreed, saying "These chips are so rich ... every chip is full of chili that's a beautiful thing to see."

Per the snack company , red chile extract is responsible for these chips' spicy flavor. Taquitos described the chips as having "lots of hot sauce flavor mixed in with a middling helping of lime and chili, for a strong, intense, excellent taste."

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Paqui Ghost Pepper Chips Scoville: Decoding the Heat

  • By Bill Kalkumnerd
  • Updated October 1, 2023

The ghost pepper is one of the hottest peppers on the planet, 400 times hotter than spicy sauce. The Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper chips will frighten your taste buds to no end. So you may come to wonder what the Scoville scale of these Chips is?

This article will discuss everything you need to know about the scale of Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper Chips in detail.

The heat level of the Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper Chip comes from the Ghost Pepper – which measures ~1,001,304+ Scoville Heat Units. This level of spice on the Scoville Scale is considered as super hot.

The Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper Chip is a serious business. If you’ve heard of it, you might be wondering what’s the big deal about the Haunted Ghost Pepper chip. The problem isn’t the single chip; it’s the dust on the chip that has many challenges in a bad mood.

This chip includes the world’s hottest pepper, which will be even hotter this year. Keep on reading to learn more about the hottest haunted ghost pepper chips and the challenge.

What is The Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper Chip?

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Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper Chips are the spiciest tortilla chips in the Paqui line-up, with “a powerful blend of ghost peppers, cayenne, and chipotle.” Paqui Ghost Pepper Chip, which is a part of Amplify Snack Brands, has announced the return of The Paqui Chip, inviting spice fans to experience The Ghost Pepper in a whole new way.

Who’s Behind The Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper Chip?

Paqui is thrilled to publicly announce The Paqui Spice Council, the committee responsible for producing, tasting, and testing the spiciest chip each year for The Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper Chip, after years of experimenting behind the scenes.

The Council comprises a mix of seasoned spice lovers and self-identified “mere mortals” and is made up of chosen cruel Paqui personnel – from R&D to sales to marketing. Every year, the Paqui Spice Council collaborates with spice traders to test various seasoning combinations until they reach the necessary heat level.

Where To Buy Haunted Ghost Pepper Chips?

The Haunted Ghost Pepper Chip costs $28.95 and features only three simple seasoning ingredients that combine to humble even the fiercest competitors.

The Paqui everyday assortment of spicy chips, including Haunted Ghost Pepper, the spiciest tortilla chips available in stores, can assist train taste buds for The Paqui Challenge. Those who think they can handle the heat can purchase the chip online at Amazon or look for local participating retailers.

Paqui Tastes Range:

Paqui tastes range from “Freakin’ Hot” to “Not Hot.”

Haunted Ghost Pepper: 

Paqui’s most popular and spiciest flavor, these chips blend Chipotle Pepper, Ghost Pepper, and Cayenne Pepper and are insanely hot.

Zesty Salsa Verde:  

It is one of the gentler flavors, yet with a blend of tart tomatillos and silky sour cream, this chip still packs a punch.

Fiery Chile Limón: 

With a burst of lime and a spicy kick from red chile peppers, this chip is a mix of sour and spicy.

Mucho Nacho Cheese: 

It is made with natural spices and real cheddar to satisfy cheesy tortilla chip cravings without additives or artificial flavors.

Jalapeno Tropicale: 

With spicy jalapenos and a hint of pineapple, this chip is the perfect balance of sweetness and spice .

How Hot Exactly Is The Haunted Ghost Pepper Chip?

Thanks to a strong blend of ghost peppers, cayenne, and chipotle, these chips are insanely fiery. This flavor is the spiciest in Paqui’s selection, and it will terrify your taste senses. Not only are the ingredients original, but the heat is as well.

One chip won’t be enough once you taste the difference that natural (and truly delicious) ingredients make.

Gluten-free, non-GMO, and free of artificial ingredients, preservatives, or flavors, these heated tortilla chips are vegan and Kosher certified. The highly anticipated haunted ghost pepper chip will be different from previous years.

Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper Chips Scoville Rating

Now that we know how sweltering ghost peppers are, what about Paqui’s haunted ghost pepper chips ?

These tortilla chips get their extreme spice from a “terrifying trio” of peppers:

  • Ghost peppers
  • Chipotle peppers
  • Cayenne peppers

Chipotles rate 10,000-23,000 SHU. Cayennes come in at 30,000-50,000 SHU. Combined with the ghost pepper’s up to 1 million SHU, that’s some wicked heat!

While Paqui doesn’t publish an official SHU rating for their chips, based on the ingredients, they likely range from 300,000-1,000,000+ SHUs.

That makes these tortilla chips insanely hot – not for casual snacking! Just a nibble singes your tongue. They live up to the haunted name by scaring your taste buds senseless.

Paqui One Chip Challenge Scoville Info

Each year, Paqui releases a limited edition chip called the One Chip Challenge, using the world’s hottest peppers.

For 2022, the One Chip contains:

  • Carolina Reaper peppers – 1,641,183 SHU
  • Scorpion peppers – 1,200,000-2,000,000 SHU

This takes the Scoville meter even higher into the millions! Eating one chip is an extreme challenge even for diehard spice fans.

The contest dares spice lovers to try surviving the chip. But it’s not for the faint of heart (or tongue).

How To Prepare For Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper Chips Challenge?

There are a few things to keep in mind if you’re doing the Haunted Ghost Pepper Chip Challenge:

Wear Gloves

Wearing gloves when eating is recommended for your safety. Because the chip is incredibly powdery, the last thing you want to do is touch your eyes with it in your hands. Although gloves were included in the collectors’ box, they are not included in the Haunted Ghost Pepper Chip, so you need to prepare gloves ahead of time.

Prepare A Meal Ahead Of Time.

If you have serious stomach issues then eat a meal before the challenge. Capsaicin is a fat-soluble chemical that gives spicy foods their heat. Some experienced competitive eaters advise having a moderate-sized meal high in carbohydrates and fat 20-30 minutes before eating a super-spicy cuisine, which will aid digestion later.

Prepare Yourself Mentally.

Be aware that the hot chip is not one of those typical spicy meals. You won’t be startled by the spice levels if you do this.

Prepare Yogurt, Sour Cream, And Milk

Dairy is pretty about the only food that can help you get through the extreme pain of eating flaming hot chilies. Prepare a large glass of extremely cold milk and open containers of sour cream and full-fat yogurt with spoons. You could even indulge in some of your favorite ice creams. You’ll be happy you packed something to comfort your taste senses while your eyes are watering from pain.

Take Stomach Medicine Or Antacids

Take a Pepto-Bismol, Tums, or Alka-Seltzer for 10-15 minutes before eating your super-spicy chip. They may assist in preventing gastric irritation, which could spare you some discomfort later. ( Antacids comparison )

Drink Plenty Of Water

You should start drinking plenty of water after you’ve finally defeated your Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper chip. This will assist in maintaining a smooth flow of events (particularly after consuming so much high-fat dairy).

How long does the Haunted Ghost Pepper Chip challenge’s Burn last?

According to some people, the burning feeling in your mouth can last up to 20 minutes, while the intestinal pain can last anywhere from 2 to 5 hours.

Is it possible to die due to the Paqui One Chip Challenge?

There have been no reported deaths due to the One Chip Challenge. However, a warning on-chip says, “Do not eat if you are sensitive to spicy foods, allergic to peppers, nightshade, or capsaicin, or are pregnant or have any medical concerns.”

It goes without saying that the Haunted Ghost Pepper Chips are the spiciest because three hottest peppers cover this year’s tortilla chip. It has ~1,000,000+ Scoville Heat Units. If you have trouble breathing, fainting, or have prolonged nausea after eating it, seek medical help.

Hopefully, with the help of our article, you now have in-depth knowledge of the Scoville scale of the Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper Chips.

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Shaq Eats World's Spiciest Chip On-Air, Runs From Set In Agony

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We already know that Paqui's "One Chip Challenge" is no joke. The chip company has devised a tortilla chip that's made with ghost peppers and the Carolina Reaper, which until recently was the world's hottest chile pepper, and it's so spicy that it comes in its own single-chip pouch with a deadly-serious warning label. But that hasn't stopped plenty of people from trying it; we sampled some of the chips ourselves , a newscaster promptly vomited on-air after trying it, and none other than NBA great Shaquille O'Neal tried it on last week's episode of Facebook's Outside the NBA . As expected, it didn't go so well.

After betting co-host Charles Barkley that he could eat the chip without "making a face," he stoically ate half the chip and appeared to be handling it well for a few seconds (even remarking "This is nothing to me") before coughing. He appeared to be struggling mightily before announcing that "Oh, it's hot" and asking for some milk as his Inside the NBA co-hosts look on and laugh hysterically.

This kind of heat continues to build over time, however, and Shaq quickly realizes that he's in over his head. He gets up from the desk, takes his jacket off, and promptly leaves the set, admitting defeat and telling Barkley that he's lost the bet.

On the following Inside the NBA broadcast , the team had a laugh about it, and Shaq admitted that "it got worse," before challenging Barkley to try the chip, saying that if he did he'd donate $50,000 to his favorite charity. "Not gonna happen," Barkley responded.

"It's hot for about 15 minutes straight," Shaq added.

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    Updated October 1, 2023 In Snacks Paqui makes two of the hottest chip experiences - the Haunted Ghost Pepper and the legendary One Chip Challenge. But which chip brings more heat and pain? Based on Scoville units and real-world spicy impact, the One Chip Challenge easily wins as the hotter choice.

  3. 'One Chip Challenge' pulled from shelves after teen death

    Sept. 7, 2023, 2:41 PM PDT By Aria Bendix Paqui, the maker of extremely spicy tortilla chips marketed as the "One Chip Challenge," is voluntarily pulling the product from shelves after a woman...

  4. Teen's death after eating a single chip highlights risks of ultra-spicy

    Harris Wolobah, a healthy 14-year-old from Worcester, Massachusetts, tragically died last Friday, hours after eating a single ultra-spicy tortilla chip seasoned with two of the hottest...

  5. The 'One Chip Challenge' Is Back and Hotter Than Ever

    Back in 2016, the spicy tortilla chip specialists at Paqui jumped on the public's love of viral challenges — especially those that involve an intense level of spice — and introduced packages of a...

  6. Best Flavored Tortilla Chips I Paqui Tortilla Chips

    We believe that real heat comes from real peppers and shouldn't be grown in a lab. We've got spice for everyone. Paqui tortilla chips are gluten-free, non-GMO and come in five mouth-watering flavors: Cool Salsa Verde, Fiery Chile Limon, Haunted Ghost Pepper, Jalapeno Tropicale, and Mucho Nacho Cheese.

  7. Is the One Chip Challenge dangerous?

    The chip contains capsaicin, a compound found naturally in chili peppers. Capsaicin consumption typically causes mouth and throat pain but can also result in more serious health problems including trouble breathing, esophageal damage, and heart problems.

  8. After death, 'One Chip Challenge' Paqui snack pulled from shelves

    Videos posted to TikTok show young people and adults unwrapping the single triangle-shaped corn chip, which is covered in a layer of pepper, and challenging themselves to eat it. Some videos...

  9. 2023 Paqui One Chip Challenge

    The Paqui One Chip Challenge is intended for adults only, with clear and prominent labeling highlighting the chip is not for children or anyone sensitive to spicy foods or who has food allergies, is pregnant or has underlying health conditions. We have seen an increase in teens and other individuals not heeding these warnings.

  10. The Spiciest Chip in the World is Only Sold One at a Time

    These bright red, wrinkly peppers are so hot that they can lead to a host of health problems like vomiting, seizures, and shortness of breath. To add to this kick, the chip also comes with...

  11. What is the 'One Chip Challenge' and what peppers are in it? Experts

    It involves eating a single spicy tortilla chip seasoned with Carolina Reaper and Naga Viper peppers, and then waiting as long as possible before eating or drinking anything else. The...

  12. Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper vs One Chip Challenge (2023?

    The Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper Challenge involves eating a single tortilla chip made with ghost pepper, known for its intense heat and spicy flavor. To participate in the challenge, purchase a bag of Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper chips and eat one chip.

  13. Spicy Snacks: Paqui Haunted Ghost Chili Chips

    Ingredients: Ground Corn, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil and/or Sunflower Oil, Salt, Ghost Pepper, Potato Starch, Cayenne Pepper, Chipotle Pepper Powder, Cane Sugar, Natural Flavor, Yeast Extract, Onion Powder, Citric Acid (for flavor), Garlic Powder, Chili Powder Serving Size: 1 Oz (about 10 chips) Calories: 140 Fat: 7g (1g Sat/0g Trans)

  14. Trader Joe's Ghost Pepper Chips

    Nutrition Facts. You get seven ounces of chips per bag. One ounce, about 13 chips, is a single serving. The nutritional facts for a single serving are: Calories: 140. Fat: 8g (10% DV) Cholesterol: 0mg (0% DV) Sodium: 160mg (7% DV) Carbohydrates: 17g (6% DV)

  15. Amazon.com: Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper Chips, 7 Oz

    › Snacks & Sweets › Snack Foods › Chips & Crisps › Tortilla Select delivery location See All Buying Options Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper Chips, 7 Oz Visit the Paqui Store 4.3 9,016 ratings | 31 answered questions Flavor Name: Haunted Ghost Pepper Haunted Ghost Pepper Chili Lemon Mucho Nacho Cheese Salsa Verde Haunted Ghost Pepper Bag

  16. Ghost Pepper Chips

    Salt. How to Make Spicy Ghost Pepper Chips at Home - The Recipe Method First, add some canola oil or other neutral oil to a wide pot and heat it to medium heat. It should measure 350 degrees F. Do not let it boil or smoke. You'll know it's ready when you add a crumb of tortilla and it sizzles up.

  17. Paqui Ghost Pepper Chips

    This helps the seasoning blend to stick so that every single chip is full of flavor and heat when you bite into it. Seasonings. These ghost pepper chips are made with a seasoning blend to give them flavor and that kick of extreme heat. This includes ghost pepper, Cayenne powder, sugar, salt, Chipotle pepper powder, onion powder, and garlic powder.

  18. Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper heat vs. One Chip Challenge? : r/spicy

    Ghost pepper at its hottest is 1 million Scoville. The one chip challenge uses Trinidad scorpion, and Carolina reaper powder both those peppers average about 1.5 million Scoville. Whole ghost pepper would be a good practice. 1. [deleted] • 3 yr. ago. Too bad the one chip challenge is like $35+ compared to like a $5 bag of haunted ghost pepper. 3.

  19. The Spiciest Chips You Can Get In America

    Upon eating the single chip — which comes individually packaged in a coffin-shaped box — diners become so sick they are sometimes hospitalized ... But no flavor is hotter than Paqui's Haunted Ghost Pepper chips. These chips are made with real ghost peppers, which typically contain over 1 million Scoville units per pepper. These chilis are ...

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  21. Paqui Ghost Pepper Chips Scoville: Decoding the Heat

    The problem isn't the single chip; it's the dust on the chip that has many challenges in a bad mood. This chip includes the world's hottest pepper, which will be even hotter this year. Keep on reading to learn more about the hottest haunted ghost pepper chips and the challenge. What is The Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper Chip?

  22. Shaq Eats World's Spiciest Chip On-Air, Runs From Set In Agony

    The chip company has devised a tortilla chip that's made with ghost peppers and the Carolina Reaper, which until recently was the world's hottest chile pepper, and it's so spicy that it comes in its own single-chip pouch with a deadly-serious warning label.

  23. Amazon.com: Ghost Pepper Chip

    Ghost Pepper Potato Chips 1 Million Spicy Potato Chips,Spicy Strips ,Leisure Snacks,Potato Chips (2 can) Pepper. $9.98 $ 9. 98 ($9.98/Count) FREE delivery Nov 21 - Dec 13 . Options: 4 sizes. Daebak Noodles Ghost Pepper spicy chicken flavor (pack of 6) ... ghost pepper chip challenge