“Don’t swallow it!” are the final words of advice given to the kid who might have made the worst decision of his life: participating in The Ghost Pepper Challenge.

The Ghost Pepper Challenge is a hot new trend where people sacrifice their taste buds to try one of the world’s spiciest peppers. The ghost pepper, also known as the bhut jolokia, is the world’s seventh hottest pepper and should only be handled with gloves. This kid in particular decides to break all the rules and swallow it whole.

While the ghost pepper is not the world’s hottest pepper, it should still be consumed with caution. The Scoville Scale ranks each chili pepper on a scale of Scoville Heat Units (SHU) which measures the amount of spicy heat each pepper contains. Beware: consuming one of these hot peppers can ruin your palate for up to a few days.

Here is a list of the top 10 spiciest peppers to avoid, according to Crazy Hot Seeds:


10. Red Savina Habanero

500,000 SHU

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9. 7 Pod Red Giant

~1,000,000 SHU

Eating 1 of those was silly!! Big mistake!! #chillies #burn #sick #7pod #chilli

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8. Barrackpore Pepper

1,000,000 SHU


7. Ghost Pepper

1,041,427 SHU

#GhostPepper is almost ready to pick!

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6. 7 Pot Primo

1,268,250 SHU


#primopepper #worldshottestpepper

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5. Naga Viper

1,349,000 SHU

Work in progress NAGA VIPER

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4. Trinidad Scorpion Butch T

1,463,700 SHU

The Butch T Trinidad Scorpion. Named by Aussie grower and top bloke Neil Smith & developed from seed all the way from Mississippi sent by American Chilli grower Butch Taylor. These things are very hot & a great chilli plant to grow! It was officially the world’s hottest in 2011. #SouthCarolina #CarolinaReaper #Reaper #HP22B #NaturalGrow #Habanero #ChocolateHabanero #Chilli #chillie #HotSauceChallenge #ChilliChallenge #FoodChallenge #OrganiclyGrown #OrganicGarden #SuperHots #RingOfFire #QLDChiiliGrowers #ButchT #TrinidadScorpion

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3. 7 Pot Douglah

1,853,936 SHU


2. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion

2,009,231 SHU

1. Carolina Reaper

2,200,000 SHU


#Trinidad #SouthCarolina #CarolinaReaper #HP22B #scovilles #YellowTrinidadScorpion #SeedSaving #RingStinger #OrganicChilli #HomeGrown #BurnBabyBurn #BirdsEyeChilli #ChocolateHabanero #AustralianChilli9

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But if the boy who swallowed a ghost pepper hasn’t convinced you not to try the pepper, these guys who tried a Carolina Reaper will.