9 of the Spiciest Snacks in the World, Ranked

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March 17, 2023

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It may still be winter outside, but many of us are bringing the heat indoors in the form of some seriously spicy snacks. While burning your tongue on purpose may seem a bit masochistic for some, any true pepper connoisseur knows that a little tingle can make food taste and feel that much better. Because of that, we’ve rounded up 10 of the spiciest snacks in the world that any heat seeker will enjoy! Check out which ones made the cut below, and please don’t rub your eyes after consuming them. You’ve been warned!


Blue Diamond Almonds are known for their array of familiar and craveworthy flavors like salt and vinegar, honey roasted and sweet thai chili, but the brand’s Xtremes line aims to put heat lovers to the ultimate test. Carolina Reaper, unsurprisingly, is the hottest of the three Xtreme flavors offered, and it packs a punch of piquancy in every single almond. Despite that, you’ll probably polish off a can in practically no time at all because they’re spicy enough to make you tear up, but not write off the brand forever…

$29.99 for 12 bags

They say a protein shake can stave off hunger for quite some time, but we beg to differ! These hot and spicy protein chips from Quest are a far better option. With a whopping 19 grams of protein per bag and a mouth-feel that, quite frankly, is slightly numbing, these chips aren’t for the faint of heart…or the faint of heat!

$14.99 for 5 packs

Sometimes a snack comes in the form of a mini meal, and South Korean brand Samyang more than delivers with this spiciest iteration of its famous packaged ramen. You probably want to have a tall glass of cold water and an Imodium on hand after you finish eating it because subjecting your stomach to this culinary experience is practically a felony!


Even the biggest spice lover will have a hard time handling this Jurassic beef jerky from Inferno-X. It’s got everything you want in a standard slab of dried meat, but is seasoned with a fist-clenching blend of spices including grounded up California Reaper peppers aka "the hottest peppers in the world," that may have you feeling a wide array of emotions.


A Willy Wonka-esque milk chocolate bar sounds sweet and innocent until you jam-pack it with chili extract rated at nine million Scoville heat units. Yes, you read that correctly. While this teeny-tiny block can fit in the palm of your hand, it will more than hold you over until your next meal. Sometimes you need that quick indulgence to get you over a mid-afternoon slump, so why not test your limits and have a little fun in the process?


Wasabi peas are always a beloved addition to any heat lover’s snacks arsenal, but Hapi has introduced a sriracha flavor that is getting rave reviews from spice lovers across the world. The Korean company has also decided to sell the flavors as a duo, which means you can volley between both bags and not have to pick a favorite.

$10.40 for 3 packs

These bags come with a warning: Open with extreme caution. The fiery steam alone can constrict the lungs and make eyes water. But once it cools and can be poured into a bowl for easy consumption, all bets are off.


You don’t need salsa to elevate these ghost pepper tortilla chips, but nobody’s stopping you if you really want to try the combo out for yourself. Just don’t be upset if you’re spending Taco Tuesday alone, though. (Who needs friends anyway?)


If you simply want to awaken your taste buds at any point during the day, but don’t have time to sit down and munch on a bag of chips, jerky, or popcorn, a fiery gum will do the trick. These Trinidad Scorpion gum balls have a 100% chance of being more flavorful than a stick of Big Red. The brand recommends wearing gloves when handling each gum ball, so be sure you read the fine print on the bag before consuming!

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