The Naga Jolokia (English: King Cobra Chile) — also known as Bhut JolokiaGhost ChileGhost PepperNaga Morich — is a chile pepper.  In fact, it according to Wikipedia, in 2007 it was certified as the hottest Chili Pepper on the planet in The Guinness Book of World Records.  

In 1912 a chemists by the name of Wilbur Scoville, working for the Parke-Davis pharmaceutical company, developed a method to measure the heat level of chile peppers. The test is named after him, the “Scoville Organoleptic Test”.  Without getting into great detail around how the test works, just know that the pungency (or heat factor) of chile peppers is measured in multiples of 100 units.  The test results for different types of common chili peppers you would be familiar with are below.

Chile Pepper / Heat Range (in Scoville heat test)
  • Sweet Bell / 0 
  • Sweet Banana / 0 
  • Pimento / 0 
  • Jalapeno / 2,500 ~ 8,000 
  • Chipolte / 5,000 ~ 8,000 
  • Tabasco / 30,000 ~ 50,000 
  • Cayenne / 30,000 ~ 50,000 
  • Naga Jolokia / 800,000 ~ 1,041,000 
  • Common Pepper Spray / 2-3,000,000
  • Police Grade Spray / 5,300,000 

To be clear – the Ghost Pepper is around 150 times more hot then a Jalopeno pepper, and half as hot as Pepper Spray.  

Ok, now for the Dare.  Are you up to the challenge of trying one of these things?  You must eat one, don’t eat or drink anything else for 5 min (and let us record the whole thing).  

I’ll leave it to the group to come up with the prize.  What do you guys think would make this worth it to one of you – if anything?


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