“Please understand that this soup is not a joke,” warns the menu at Nitally’s in St. Petersburg, Florida, above its famous and appropriately named “Inferno Soup.” The restaurant serves a fusion of Thai and Mexican food, which are some of the world’s spiciest cuisines. Even so, this dish is beyond cuisine; it is spiciness for the sake of spiciness.
The soup includes a handful of different chiles, including Carolina Reaper (2.2 million SHU), Moruga Scorpion (2 million SHU), Trinidad Scorpion Butch T (1.4 million SHU), Naga Viper (1.3 million SHU), and Naga Bhut Jolokia (1 million SHU). SHU stands for Scoville Heat Units, a measure of spiciness. To put things in perspective, a jalapeño is just 1,000 SHU. The soup is not something you can order off the menu at any time; instead, you can only get it during one of the most insane food challenges in the world. The real kicker? You have to finish this 48-ounce bowl of soup in 30 minutes or less.
If you win the challenge, you win $100, and if you lose, you win $65. So you do get points for trying.
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