For some, there is nothing worse than a spicy hot pepper. However, there is a growing subculture of heat seeking maniacs who simply love the burn, thrill and rush that certain hot peppers provide. From Hot Pepper and Hot Sauce Festivals, to your typical Mexican or Chinese food dish, hot peppers are having a moment. Here is a list of the 5 hottest peppers you must try if you are a true heat seeking connoisseur.

The Carolina Reaper

Coming in at a whopping 2.2 Million Scoville Units (the units of measuring how hot a pepper is), the Carolina reaper is one mean looking pepper. A cross between a Red Habanero and a Pakastani Naga, the Carolina Reaper is widely recognized by Guinness Book of World Records as the hottest pepper in the world. This pepper is most certainly not for the faint of heart.

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion

The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper comes in a close second with an average Scoville rating of 2 Million. Hailing from the island nation of Trinidad and Tobego, this pepper packs a wild punch while maintaining a depth of flavor as well.

7 Pot Douglah

The 7 Pot Douglah is third on this list ranking at roughly 1.9 Million Scoville units. This is the regarded by most in the pepper community as one of the hottest peppers with the best flavor. Both of the previous peppers on this list are your typical red in color, whereas the Douglah is typically brown in color. It is the hottest pepper that has this particular hue, but is still scorching hot. This pepper is about as versatile as it gets, and goes well dried or ground up on most foods, to add that kick you were looking for.

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