This Gummy Bear Is 900 Times Hotter Than a Jalapeño
Gummy bears are cute, wholesome treats for a movie night or birthday party. They're also a great snack to keep tucked in your desk drawer or in the candy drawer in your kitchen. Cherry, orange, lemon, green apple — they're all fun to chew and chomp. But, it turns out, not all gummy bears are so innocent.
Lil' Nitro declares that it is the world's hottest gummy bear. Made by Flamethrower Candy Company, this little red, chewy bear is not much bigger than a typical gummy bear, but it declares that it's 900 times hotter than a jalapeño, ranking a shocking 9 million on the Scoville scale.
How hot is that? A Carolina Reaper, currently known as the hottest pepper in the world, according to Guinness World Records, is a measly 1.6 million Scoville units. The habanero? A paltry 150,000 units. Since no pepper is 9 million Scoville units, the manufacturer uses a chili extract, rich with capsaicin, for this gummy's tongue-tingling heat.
Think it can't possibly be that much of a flame thrower? The reviews might convince you otherwise.
One reviewer wrote that Lil' Nitro is a "very great product for any one that likes hot stuff like I do but I didn't last for 2 or 3 mins so that should tell you!" They add, " Make sure for some of you that do this challenge to have a gallon of milk or 2 just to keep the hotness down."
Another reviewer wrote, "My husband eats ghost peppers like most people eat apples without flinching. This fiery bear had him pacing around the house looking for relief. It was worth every penny."
Put your heat-seeking mouth to the test with Lil' Nitro and see if you — or your favorite hot head — can even handle nibbling an ear off this little guy.
Do you like hot things but fear Lil' Nitro may be too great of a challenge? Take a step down the Scoville scale to a Ghost Pepper Insane Heat Gummy. With a million Scoville units (which is four to five times hotter than a habanero pepper still), this may be more your speed if the idea of sweating for an hour doesn't seem appealing.
One reviewer wrote, "I have been trying to find something my husband actually thought was hot... and this is it! He said the first initial thought was he tasted cherry flavor then bam the heat hit! I was cracking up that the man who thinks nothing is hot finally met his match!"
Buy it: Lil' Nitro: The World's Hottest Gummy Bear, $12; Amazon
Buy it: Ghost Pepper Insane Heat Gummy, $8; Amazon