If you say “make it spicy,” we say “how hot,” and gladly whip up one of our fave super hot recipes. But even we’re bested at times — we’re eyeing you warily, Paqui’s Carolina Reaper chip. But apparently, even the fiercest fiery foodie doesn’t stand a chance against the Dragon’s Breath, a pepper so hot it could kill you!


Bred by Welsh horticulturist and flower shop owner Mike Smith, the Dragon’s Breath pepper is so hot, it could cause a life-threatening anaphylactic shock if consumed. Yikes!

To get a little perspective, the average jalapeño pepper ranges between 2,500 and 10,000 on the Scoville scale (i.e. the hot food scale). While the former top-spot holder, the Carolina Reaper, measures near 2.2m heat units, Dragon Breath Chili has managed to up the ante by measuring in at an inconceivable 2.48m on the Scoville scale.

Frankly, this pepper is so insanely intense, no one’s been able to eat one yet, with Smith telling the Daily Post, “It’s not been tried orally. I’ve tried it on the tip of my tongue and it just burned and burned. I spat it out in about 10 seconds.”

And if that leaves you wondering what the heck it’s good for, well, as the pepper was created in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, they’re hoping to use Dragon’s Breath for medical purposes. “This was developed because a lot of people are allergic to anesthetic, and this can be applied to the skin because it is so strong it numbs it.” Let’s just let that sink in: It’s *so* hot, it numbs the skin on contact. Yowza!

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(h/t Eater; photo via Tim Boyle/Getty)