What Happened to the Paqui One Chip Challenge?

What Happened to the Paqui One Chip Challenge?

Internet challenges can be fun, especially if there is a slight element of risk to it. People love to try out something new and share the results with everyone else on their social media. The Paqui One Chip Challenge was, in this sense, the perfect internet challenge. There was a time when social media networks such as Tik Tok and Instagram were full of reels and videos of people trying the Paqui One Chip Challenge and their subsequent reactions. Some aced it; some couldn’t make it to the end without causing themselves a lot of discomforts.

On the other hand, it was fun watching everyone try something new and difficult. Which is why a question that many people seem to have on their minds for some time is what exactly happened to the Paqui One Chip Challenge? Is it still a thing? Is it still possible to get the single fiery chip even now? Here in this article, we shall take a comprehensive look at the Paqui One Chip Challenge and address all these questions in an ordered manner.

Paqui initiated their One Chip Challenge for the first time in 2016 by creating a chip from Carlina Reaper peppers and releasing a small number of such chips, each in a package of their own, into the market, challenging their consumers to eat them and post their reactions on social media with the hashtag #PaquiOneChipChallenge. This became so popular that Paqui decided to release a new bigger batch of such chips, this time in a new package the next year. Soon, this became extremely popular, with celebrities such as Hollywood actors, NBA players, models, and TV stars all trying the single Paqui chip and posting their reactions on their social media. It was both dangerous and fun, which made it so popular.

What were the rules of the Paqui One Chip challenge?

The rules are very simple. One has to eat one Paqui Carolina Reaper chip on camera and post it on their social media. While the real challenge is to see how much heat one can tolerate for how long, that is to see how long someone can go without eating anything else after they have put the chip in their mouth, most people couldn’t go very long without drinking some milk or eating some ice cream to tackle the insane heat. Some people even reportedly fell sick after trying the challenge.

How to prepare for the challenge?

The Carolina Reaper chip from Paqui is no ordinary chip, so it was a bad idea to treat it like one. The ideal way to handle it was to wear rubber gloves before touching it and keeping something like ice cream nearby to eat soon after one has consumed the chip to reduce the heat from the chip. Some consumers even complained of burning in their throats and chest after they ate the chip. Furthermore, it is also important to know if one is allergic or sensitive to the spice of any kind and avoid the challenge. After one has touched the chip, they should wash their hands thoroughly before touching their face, especially the eyes or the nose. If, by any chance, the Reaper pepper on the chip comes in contact with any sensitive area of the body, one should seek immediate medical assistance. Also, one should keep paper towels nearby to wipe the inevitable sweat and runny noses that will follow after one has attempted the challenge. Since the chip is extremely spicy, it is advisable not to attempt the challenge on an empty stomach, damaging the stomach’s lining. And keep the bathroom door open at all times – you might need to go quite a few times after you take the challenge.

What is the current status of the Paqui One Chip Challenge?

If you are among those late to the party and didn’t hear about the challenge until much later, or if you want to try the challenge once again for fun, we have good news for you. Paqui recently announced the release of their challenge for this year, only this time they have upped the ante in a way only they can. Paqui has introduced a new chip seasoned with Carolina Reapers, Scorpion Peppers, and Sichuan Peppercorns. So the new chip surpasses every standard that Paqui set for itself in the past. It can even be called a completely new challenge, a much harder one than its predecessors. The company has reiterated its previous warning of wearing gloves while handling the chip at all times and washing one’s hands afterward. Also, it is of paramount importance that children do not get hold of Paqui’s insanely hot chip, as it could lead to serious undesirable injury.

After seeing impressive sales with the One Chip Challenge, Paqui expects to surpass their profits from last year with this new challenge. The fiery chip will be available across retail stores across the country and online at Paqui.com. 


In conclusion, we can only say that the Paqui One Chip Challenge is very much alive and kicking. It takes someone of strong resolve and stronger insides to attempt it, and they must also be prepared to deal with the imminent discomfort afterward. It is not for everyone, but if you like a bit of danger while trying something new, then this is just for you. The fun of comparing reactions with friends once you are done is worth the risk here.

 Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I get the original Paqui chip today?

Paqui does not sell its original chip from 2016 anymore. However, if you are interested, you might find a few samples from collectors on eBay at a substantial price. The original chip was released at a limited number anyway, so we would not get our hopes high on finding one now.

What is the price of the Paqui One Chip Challenge?

The Paqui single-chip challenge is available on Amazon and at Paqui.com at $4.99. 

What Happened to the Paqui One Chip Challenge?

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