Updated for 2018 – Hottest Pepper
PepperHead® has the most up-to-date list of the World’s Hottest Peppers. The previous world champion, Moruga Scorpion has been dethroned!!
The new Guinness World Records World’s Hottest Pepper is the Carolina Reaper. On November 20, 2013 the Carolina Reaper was given the title as the Hottest Pepper in the World.
There have been recent reports of a Dragon’s Breath pepper claiming to be hotter than the Carolina Reaper. This has been found to be hoax and the person in question used someone else’s plants and used fake results. It was a publicity stunt which the “news” websites ate up, even claiming the pepper could kill you. Technically a pencil can kill you too…
Another pepper claiming to be TWICE as hot as the Carolina Reaper has surfaced, but this might have more merit. Pepper X. However, we will have to wait and see if this one is real before adding to our Top 10 list.
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Top Ten Hottest Peppers In The World 2018
SHU = Scoville Heat Unit (A measure of Spiciness)
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1. Carolina Reaper 2,200,000 SHU
The Carolina Reaper is officially the Worlds Hottest Pepper as ranked by Guinness Records. There is nothing normal about this pepper. It was bred for heat and that it is, with an average SHU of over 1.5 million and peaks at 2.2 Million SHU!
Just looking at it, you know its one mean pepper. The Carolina Reaper has a unique stinger tail that is unlike any other pepper.
It gets this insane heat from being a cross between a Pakastani Naga and a Red Habanero. Oddly enough this pepper doesn’t just have heat, but excellent flavor as well.Read More
Hilarious video of these girls eating The Carolina Reaper!
Watch these girls try to eat the infamous Carolina Reaper. They may be over-reacting a tad, but entertaining nevertheless.
2. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion 2,009,231 SHU
Native to the lands of Moruga in Trinidad and Tobago. Once you take a bite of this formidable pepper the heat never stops building.
This pepper may be lacking the Reaper’s stinger, but don’t let that fool you. The Moruga Scorpion is every bit as hot as The Carolina Reaper.Read More
3. 7 Pot Douglah 1,853,936 SHU
The hottest “superhot” peppers are traditionally red, but the Douglah defies the odds by being brown AND scortching hot.
You can’t go wrong with fresh, dried, or powdered Douglah on any food. Also known as 7 Pod Douglah, Chocolate 7 Pod or the 7 Pot Brown.Read More
4. 7 Pot Primo 1,469,000 SHU
The 7 Pot Primo is very distinctive with its long skinny “tail”. Created by horticulturist, Troy Primeaux, and some recent peppers cultivators have tried to replicate this look because the tail is just terrifying.
When you just look at this pepper, you know it’s going to be INSANELY hot. It coincidentally looks strikingly similar to The Carolina Reaper…Read More
5. Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” 1,463,700 SHU
Previous Guinness World Record Holder (2011) from Australia. No doubt it’s insanely hot, but other peppers have been proven to be hotter. It’s aptly named due to the scorpion stinger found at the tip of the pepper and also the creator, Butch Taylor.
The burn from this pepper is unlike any other. The Butch T burns like you swallowed a 1,000 suns.Read More
6. Naga Viper 1,349,000 SHU
Extremely rare pepper cultivated in the UK. Hybrid of many different peppers and years of cross pollination created this variety of “Super HOT” pepper. It was never fully stabilized before being released so pod variation is expected.Read More
7. Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) 1,041,427 SHU
The most famous “Super Hot” due to the amount of press it has received in the past. It exploded in popularity on YouTube and other social sites where pepperheads eat whole Ghost Peppers as part of a challenge.
This is the first pepper to scientifically test over 1 million scovilles. Many mistakenly still believe it is the World’s Hottest. As you can see, it is far from it.
This isn’t 2007. If you have friends that still think the Ghost Pepper is the hottest pepper, share this page with them.
However, don’t be fooled by how low this is on the list as it can still bring a grown man to his knees.Read More
Kid swallows ghost pepper, instantly regrets it.
8. 7 Pot Barrackpore ~1,000,000 SHU
Many of these “super hots” come from this region.Read More
9. 7 Pot Red (Giant) ~1,000,000 SHURead More
10. Red Savina Habanero 500,000 SHU
The Red Savina just barely makes the Top 10, but does so in fashion with its great flavor and extreme heat.Read More
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