Top 10 hottest peppers in the world, plus 10 more!


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For a long time, everyone thought the ghost pepper topped the list of crazy-spicy, feels-like-your-tongue-will-never-taste-anything-ever-again hottest peppers in the world. The truth: Despite packing a lot of heat, it got bumped down to No. 4 in 2013. 

Based on test results from New Mexico University's Chile Pepper Institute, here are 2013's top 10 spiciest peppers in the world, ranked by the Scoville heat units of each. But wait, there's more. If you thought those were hot stuff, keep reading to see which peppers made the cut in 2014, according to USA Today. Can you guess which peppers remain, and which got burned?


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1. Trinidad moruga scorpion

2 million SHU

Imagine chewing an entire jalapeño pepper at once. Now multiply that by 400. That's a Trinidad moruga scorpion. This golf-ball-sized pepper stole the No. 1 spot in February 2012 when the Chile Pepper Institute declared it the world's hottest pepper. At 2 million SHUs, you might be better off eating an actual scorpion. 

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2. Chocolate 7-Pot

1.8 million SHU

Trinidad apparently likes its peppers mad-hot, because the world's second hottest chile pepper came from the same place as the first. The chocolate 7-pot is shaped almost like a habanero, with little dimples throughout. Good luck getting your (glove-covered) hands on one of these puppies, though — they're very difficult to find. 

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3. Trinidad Scorpion Butch T

1.5 million SHU

Ranked the world's hottest pepper by Guinness World Records in 2013, this pepper takes the No. 3 spot based on CPI's findings. The 1.5 million heat index still makes it hot enough that, in order to cook with it, cultivators have to wear chemical masks and body suits.

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