Spicy “One Chip Challenge” Sending TikTokers To The Hospital
Written by Rika C on September 21, 2022
Experts are warning social media users of a new TikTok trend going viral, where participants endure the incredibly spicy “One Chip Challenge,” which packs such a punch that it’s sending people to the hospital.
The challenge is an ongoing dare put forth by Paqui, the flavored tortilla chip company behind the viral trend. This year’s “One Chip Challenge” features the notorious Carolina Reaper Chip, long considered to be the hottest pepper in the world at 1,641,183 Scoville units.
Participants are supposed to eat the entire chip and wait and long as possible before drinking or eating anything that would help quell the fiery taste, and post the reaction online. However, health officials and medical experts are calling the trend possibly dangerous after it sent many to the hospital – including children – in excruciating pain.
California, Alabama and Texas have all already reported hospitalizations caused by the chip challenge.