What Is the Hottest Candy in the World?

Updated on January 18, 2018
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I am a writer, teacher, and parent who watched my kids eat hot candy for years. Then I got around to trying some of it myself...

Learn About the World's Hottest Candy

From nuclear-strength ghost pepper gummis to brutally hot cinnamon bears, hot sweets have never been more popular. This guide includes the hottest candy available, and there are people who buy these treats all of the time -- even though some of the candy featured here is so hot that it can actually be dangerous.

What is the world's hottest candy, and what makes it so hot?

The substance that makes a pepper hot is called capsaicin, and it is concentrated in the fruit of various pepper plants. Isolating capsaicin and combining it with sugar and flavoring produces candy that's both sweet and painful. Some, like Atomic Fireballs, may be familiar to you -- you may even have a secret Atomic Fireballs habit. Others, like the candy made with the Bhut Jolokia pepper, are relatively new, and are about 200 times more powerful. They can be actually DANGEROUS. If you want to try these super-hot candies, from hot cinnamon sweets to Hot Lix pepper suckers, be our guest. But don't say we didn't warn you. Hot sweets this powerful can make you feel, as one young person who tried them said, "as if your tongue got punched in the face by a fist-full of atomic bombs."

Ghost Peppers: The World's Hottest Peppers

The hottest candy of all time uses the world's hottest peppers. These are Ghost Peppers, or Bhut Jolokia. Pretty, right? Just be careful if you ever encounter one of these bad boys -- they rate up to one million on the Scoville Scale, many times hotter than the hottest Habanero. Does anyone actually make candy out of these? Keep reading...

Ass-Kickin' Ghost Pepper Jelly Beans -- Beware!

Ass Kickin' Ghost Pepper Jelly Beans
Ass Kickin' Ghost Pepper Jelly Beans

I was surprised by how truly these little monsters are. These truly powerful ghost pepper jellybeans are exactly the kind of new super-hot candy that is becoming more and more popular -- but they're only for people who have experience with peppers at a certain level of Scoville units. They're not for amateurs.


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Ghost Pepper Candy

Made with the powerful Bhut Jolokia pepper!

The Bhut Jolokia candy is part of a candy "new wave" that includes several variations using this powerful pepper, which score a stunning one million on the Scoville scale. This particular sweet, often called the hottest candy of all time, is dusted with a fine coating of Bhut Jolokia powder, which means you need to be very careful not to touch your eyes or itch your nose while handling it. The actual experience of eating one of these little monsters is not exactly like eating candy-- it may be sweet, it may not -- the pepper obliterates every other flavor, along with what seems to be the lower half of your face. Try this at your own peril, but be careful. This candy is too hot for pranks and should only be tried by people ready for the experience.

How Hot Peppers Are Ranked: The Scoville Scale


The pepper used in Bhut Jolokia Candy is about 1 million Scoville units; by comparison, the pepper used in Tabasco sauce is about 50,000 units...

Unbearably Hot Cinnamon Candy Bears

Unbearably Hot Cinnamon Bears are made by the good people at Jelly Belly, and they are seriously spicy for a cinnamon candy. They aren't in the same league as the ghost pepper candies, but are still quite a surprise given their innocent little gummy bear appearance. Who would think that a sweet-looking little gummy bear would have your eyes watering within a few minutes?

This Guy Makes, and Eats, the Hottest Candy Possible

Facing the camera before he gets ready for work, this confectioner talks us through his experience of eating the hottest candy he could make. Do NOT try this at home!

Atomic Fireballs

The classic hot candy is still among the world's hottest sweets. The cinnamon-flavored classics were invented in 1954 by Nello Ferrara, of the Ferrara-Pan candy company, and they were one of the most popular candies of the 1960s. Basically a kind of super-cinnamon jawbreaker -- the first outer layer is sweet, and the heat kicks in after few moments on the tongue. According to the company, approximately 15 million Fireballs are eaten weekly.

The process of making Atomic Fireballs is surprisingly involved and time consuming, using the "hot panned process," in which a single grain of sugar, syrup and flavor are tumbled in a hot pan for as long as two weeks until the candy has enough layers and is the proper size. By the end of the process the fireball consists of at least one hundred layers.

Make Your Own Blazing Cinnamon Toothpicks! (Wicked Good Fun)

When I was in high school in the 1980s, we used to make super-hot cinnamon toothpicks by letting regular toothpicks soak up pure cinnamon oil. We even had contests and brand names, and a few of my friends sold them to other students. We knew how to get them really hot, with as much cinnamon oil as possible in each toothpick.

The process is easy -- open the little thing of oil, place the toothpicks on end in the bottle, and wait. The long you wait, the hotter they get. Other factors, like the type of toothpick, the temperature, and the packaging also affected the hotness.

One bottle of oil makes a LOT of blazing toothpicks. Enjoy!

How Hot Is Too Hot?

The heat of a pepper is measured in "Scoville Units." Police pepper spray is about 2 million units; a jalapeno is about 5,000 units

I ate a lot of RedHots as a kid, and never really considered them all that powerful -- although once in a while, if you got a real mouthful, they could make your eyes water. RedHots are a product of Chicago's venerable Ferrara Pan candy company. They don't really register on the Scoville Scale, but with RedHots, the heat wasn't really the point.

Hot Cinnamon Candy Flaming Hearts

These innocent-looking sweets pack a surprising punch. The cinnamon flavor is subtle at first, a nice warm feeling to accompany the sugar. But after a little bit the heat sneaks up on you, and soon your eyes are watering and you're sucking air to keep the thing cool. Not in the same fiery league as the ghost pepper candies, but a strong contender for most unexpected burn.

Hot Lix Pepper Suckers

For serious pepper-eaters only...

These candy fireballs aren't just sugar mixed with pepper extract or powder -- there's actually and entire real pepper lurking in the clear confection. Available in Jalapeno, Chili, and Habanero "flavors," these are as hot as you want them to be: crunch the pepper if you're feeling manly! It's worth mentioning that the twisted souls at Hot Lix are the same people who make cricket, scorpion, and worm lollipops. It figures, though -- anyone who would put a bug in a sucker would also put in a habanero, one of the world's hottest peppers. Consume at your own risk!

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        Dr. Ramon de Torres 7 months ago

        You failed to mention re: Atomic Fireballs, the hottest part is the outer layers, and it gets progressively weaker toward the middle. I want a pure cinnamon candy that is the hottest cinnamon all the way to the middle.

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        jameepmeep 10 months ago

        taste the 9,000,000 scoville "toe of satan." It tastes scary!

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        jennysue19 5 years ago

        Send me your address and I'll send you some Fisherman's Friends. They are supposed to soothe sore throats but mostly bring tears to the eyes. Not sure what is in them that causes that but I steer clear!

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        chickie99 5 years ago

        my favorite are the hard as rock red fireballs!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Has anyone ever tried giant cinnamon jelly beans? There is a company called Texas Treats that sells them. These are supposed to be pretty spicy - I tried one and it made my eyes water and made me choke a little. Some say there is a technique to eating them where they don't make you choke.

        I also wonder if anyone makes a "buffalo" candy - like a buffalo hot wing. I love hot wings...mmmmmm

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        Susan R. Davis 5 years ago from Vancouver

        I didn't know they could make candy THAT hot. I like hot candies but I think that's a little extreme even for me.

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        Hal Gall 5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

        Dragon Boogers? Pretty cool name if nothing else! I was just looking at cinnamon toothpicks the other day. Those are great fun, especially if you make your own.

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        CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

        Atomic fireballs are super hot! I remember sucking on these as a kid, and I had to keep taking them out of my mouth because they were so hot.

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        Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

        I can remember eating some of these and they are pretty good, but you can have the hot pepper. My brother used to eat them, but not me.

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        eightieschild 5 years ago

        I love anything spicy. Chili-chocolate is great as well - you should add something on that perhaps. :)

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        Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

        I love candy and I love spicy food so I really should try some of these.

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        kimark421 5 years ago

        I loved Red Hots as a kid. Now...not so much. Great lens!

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        myamya 5 years ago

        Fantastic lens, great job!

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        UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

        Never seen the stuff ...!!

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        digitaltree 5 years ago

        Nice Lens, i wont be eating one of this ever, they sure are hot.

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        beaworkathomemom 6 years ago

        Hot lens.

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        TransplantedSoul 6 years ago

        Yikes - don't pick your nose or touch your eyes after this!

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        Eleni Bat 6 years ago from Greece

        Not a fan but great lens!

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        Eleni Bat 6 years ago from Greece

        this is some crazy stuff! im not that much of a fan. But great lens!

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        Barbara Isbill 6 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

        Enjoy the lens -not the candy!

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        kieranrdblack 6 years ago

        Wow, I don't think I would ever be game, I thought I was pretty hard just having jalepenos on my sandwich, but this is loco!

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        WriterJanis2 6 years ago

        Too hot for me, but fun lens!

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        KathyBatesel 6 years ago

        What a great topic! My guy sure likes the hot stuff. I'll see if he wants to order some of those candies from this page, but after watching that video he'll have to ok it first! Otherwise, he might never speak to me again.

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        AJ 6 years ago from Australia

        Sorry - I'm not in a hurry to try any of these, but did enjoy your lens!

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        Joan Haines 6 years ago

        Atomic Fireballs are not hot enough for me, but the ghost pepper candy is probably going to be a little bit too hot. What's in between? Cinnamon is my passion.

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        pufek77 lm 6 years ago

        I love Spicy food but anyway I stay in normal use of any spicy things :)

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        After watching that video I don't think that I'll be trying these peppers or the lollies, I have to say in cooking, everything has to be mild, but this articule made me laugh and was really well put together

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        julieannbrady 6 years ago

        Yeah, count me in as one of them gals who likes her atomic fireballs!

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        razeitup 6 years ago

        who would ever buy or even create that pepper sucker? It looks like a dirty ear. lol. Great lens can't wait to see this 'hellfire'

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        Jules Corriere 6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

        The Pepper suckers look cool, but I think the cinnamon gummy bears are my favorite! Thanks for a fun lens!

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        DIY Mary 6 years ago

        I remember Atomic Fireballs from my childhood. They were so hot they used to set my tongue on fire (but they were good!).

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        suzy-t 6 years ago

        My husband is a bit of a nut when it comes to hot stuff. I have to show this to him.

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        Ben Reed 6 years ago from Redcar

        Hot Candy! - Hot lense, just great