This Is the Spiciest Dish in America

It’s so spicy that you actually win money even if you can’t finish eating it

Even the most passionate lovers of spicy food have trouble eating this dish. 

“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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