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Do not try eating a Jamaican Scotch bonnet pepper like these boys did

The children are our future.


Mike Fenn

Internet Culture

Posted on Apr 24, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 12:03 am CDT

In the annals of things you shouldn’t try at home, eating an entire raw Jamaican Scotch bonnet pepper is up there with swimming in a shark-infested pool.

To put this into perspective, regular jalapeno peppers register anywhere from 5,000 to 15,000 Scoville units on the “Scoville Chile Heat Chart.” The Jamaican Scotch bonnet? Anywhere from 350,000 to 855,000 Scoville units.

In essence, this is a pepper so hot that it makes a jalapeno pepper seem about as spicy as lettuce.

But that didn’t faze the two young boys in this video, who are seen putting the pepper to the test—and almost immediately regretting it it.

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*First Published: Apr 24, 2015, 8:05 am CDT