These aren't chile peppers, these are cherry-sized atom bombs. Carolina Reapers are the hottest chile pepper available to the public. They boast a blistering 1,569,000 Scoville heat units on average, but have measured up to 2.2 million SHU! Handle these peppers with extreme caution. Wear gloves, protect your eyes, and use proper ventilation when cooking. Their fruity flavor makes these peppers a great addition to homemade hot sauces and hot jellies. You can also add a whole pepper right to a pot of chili, just be sure to remove it later!