Carolina Reaper Flakes | World's Hottest Pepper

Carolina Reaper Flakes

Size: 1 Oz

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This is the world's hottest pepper!

On the Scoville Heat Scale, the Carolina Reaper pepper has an average Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) rating of 1,641,000 with some individual peppers topping out at an incredible 2,200,000 SHU.

To give you an idea of how hot this pepper is compared to other common peppers. A bell pepper has a SHU of 0 as it has no heat. A common jalapeño has a SHU of around 2,500 - 6,000 SHU. Whereas habanero peppers range anywhere from 100,000 to 350,000 SHU. 

Carolina Reaper Peppers are a crossbreed between a ghost pepper and red habanero pepper. As such, it has a sweet fruity flavor. The heat hits you instantly. Your skin begins to sweat and the intense pain in your mouth is unbearable. Luckily this pain subsides in about 10 minutes. 

What do the peppers look like?
Carolina Reaper Peppers are small to medium-sized peppers with a bright red appearance. They commonly feature a tail that resembles the stinger of a wasp. The inside flesh is orange to white in color. The spiciest part of the pepper is in the inside top portion of the peppers, especially around the seeds. When trying a fresh Carolina Reaper it is always best to start with the bottom of the pepper near the tail by trying just a small sliver to get a feeling of just how hot the pepper is. 

Heat Level Extra Hot

Growing Season:
Late February - Late November. 

Nutritional Value:
Chile peppers contain a high amount of vitamin C. Almost twice the amount compared to citrus fruits.

Common Uses:
  • Insanity Wings
  • Mexican Dishes
  • Chili 
  • In restaurants that want the hottest heat levels, this would be 5 on and 1 - 5 scale. 
  • Add heat to any meal.
  • Commonly used in pepper eating contests and food eating challenges. We host a pepper eating contest at the Arizona Taco Festival each year. Most people are unable to even get to the Carolina Reaper and bow out on Ghost Peppers and Scorpion Peppers. 
  • Super spicy dips
Why buy the flakes over the powder or whole peppers?
  • Adds vibrant color to a dish that is more visible as compared to the powder.
  • Works great in pizza and pasta meals. 
  • Cheaper to ship than whole peppers as there is less volume.
  • Less likely to get airborne compared to powder which can cause extreme irritation when cooking and shaking out the powder. 
Why buy from us?
  • Premium quality oven-dried Carolina Reaper flakes, you will taste the difference.
  • Lightning-fast shipping time, we will ship your order in under 2 business days. Most orders ship the same day or the very next business day.
  • Pure, no additives.
  • Ships in a high-quality spice jar with a sealed sifter flip top.

Our flakes are sold by weight as they are a commodity. Since they are pure we do not add fillers so how it looks in the bottle may be different than what is shown in the pictures as the density changes with each crop. FDA-approved plastic bottles are only manufactured to specific sizes (i.e. 8 fl oz, 16 fl oz, 32 fl oz) so changing the bottle size for each crop is not possible to always make it look entirely full for every crop.

Frequently Asked Questions About Carolina Reaper Peppers

What does a Carolina Reaper do to your stomach?
This depends on how much Carolina Reaper you eat. The most common side effect is pain. For some individuals, hiccupping occurs as the phrenic nerve is irritated. Other mild effects are sweating and salivating. If you ingest a whole pepper, you will feel the pepper moving through your stomach and gastrointestinal tract for some time. This will usually last a few hours where you will have a warm sensation in your belly. If you ingest a larger amount most people will feel an endorphin rush, this is very similar to a runner’s high. (How you feel after running long a distance) If you have ulcers, you should not eat the pepper as it may irritate them. If you eat a large amount, you may experience cramping and bloating. You may also experience pain as the pepper leaves your body. Everyone is different, if you commonly eat hot peppers the effects will usually be milder.

What is the best way to try a Carolina Reaper?
From our experience, you can try Carolina Reaper peppers, powders, flakes, hot sauces, candies, etc. by gradually adding it to your diet. One of our favorite ways to introduce people to the peppers is to make a ranch dip. You can slowly add 1/4 teaspoons of the powder or flakes to the dip to gauge how well you will tolerate it.

Customer Reviews

Based on 72 reviews
Jonathan K.

Talk about a kick. And! With a great flavor. Awesome but. Thanks!

Susan S.
Carolina Reaper Flakes

I was going through withdrawal, and then I found Carolina Reaper Flakes at Sonoran Spice. Awesome! Thanks ever so much! Life is better now!

Kenneth P.

Tasty, too hot, if over used.
A little over priced, imo..

Greg S.
Great flakes

Got a kilo of these and they are great. Super hot. Love them!

Juan G.
Carolina Reaper Flakes

Love these flakes! I put them on everything I eat.

Howard J.
Amazing and Hottttttttttttttttttttt!!!

I’ve always loved hot spices; and have tried a number of so-called hot pepper sauces. Initially, I was looking for a very hot pepper to teach some rogue rabbits a lesson because they were eating the foliage of my lillies. I knew they didn’t like the smell of red pepper. When I stumbled upon Sonoran Spice selling the Carolina Reaper, I had to try it: for the rabbits and for myself. Well, after my tongue got over the shock of the first bite of chicken sprinkled with Sonoran, I was hooked! Only those of us who love to suffer spicy hot can truly appreciate the flavorful product you sell. My chilis and other dishes will NEVER be the same again!

Consistent and reliable

I've been using Sonoran Spice carolina reaper pepper flakes for years in my food / cooking and still love it! It delivers on the heat without altering the flavor of the dish. No complaints unless y'all cut back on that spicy goodness!

Gregory G.

I'm not a fan but my customers love it!! I have a small beef jerky business and Carolina Reaper by far is the most popular! Thank you!

Joseph B.

It's working very well as an spice for our honey.

Roy B.

I love my Carolina reaper flakes they definitely replace my pepper flakes for everything I will definitely be buying more Carolina reaper flakes and the Trinidad Moruga scorpion flakes