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Viral One Chip challenge tragedy

Updated: Feb 5

By Kendall Raposas

Have you heard of the one chip challenge? It's a singular chip that is supposed to be the spiciest chip ever made by Pauqui. The newest recipe for the 2023 version of the chip contains Carolina Reaper and the Naga Viper peppers. However the 2021-2022 chips had Scorpion peppers along with the Carolina and the Naga peppers. The chip had to come with a warning on the box stating…

Keep out of reach from children

Intended for adult consumption

Do not eat if you are sensitive to spicy foods, allergic to peppers, night shades or capsaicin, are pregnant or have any medical conditions.

After touching the chip, wash your hands with soap and water and do not touch your eyes or other sensitive areas.

See medical assistance should you experience difficulty breathing, fainting or extended nausea.

With all of these safety precautions it was awful to hear that a 14 year old boy died from consuming the chip. His name was Harris Wolobah and he lived in Massachusetts.

Harris Wolobah


The boy was a sophomore in Doherty Memorial High school and tragically passed Friday, September 1st. He ate the chip at school and was taken to the nurses office. An interview on WBZ-TV had the family share the story. The family explained that they came down to the school and picked him up due to frequent fainting. The mother, Lois Wolobah, stated…”When I went there he was laying down and I said ‘What was the chip he ate?’ and this is what he showed me.’” He passed 2 hours after eating the chip.

Some of the SOAR students did the one chip challenge on SOAR Streaming. The video was posted on August 28, 2022 and was the first episode of Spicy Stars. During the video the two students ate chips and then were asked questions like who is your celebrity crush and what's something you love but other people hate. The two students who participated in this challenge were Kevil Delgado and Maria Navarro. We interviewed Kevin Delgado and asked about his experience with the One Chip Challenge.

When we asked Kevin how he would rank the heat 1-10 and he stated that…”On a scale of 1-10, the spice was definitely a 9. I can't handle spice that well, but it was probably the spiciest thing I've ever eaten, but in a way, I knew it could've been spicier as all it really did was linger for about 30 minutes or so. The worst part of the chip was the stomach pain.”

Besides the heat we asked him what the overall flavor was and he replied, “The chip tasted horrible, it was very artificial and was like dirt. The best way to describe it is straight chemicals and it was terrible.”

Kevin heard about the story and when asked about it he said, “Hearing the story broke my heart, and we decided for Spicy Stars we will no longer use the chip and instead use hot sauce. My heart goes out to the family.”

The family demanded that the chip be pulled from shelves. In the height of this story Paqui stated that the chip is made for adults and as a response to the story Paqui decided to pull the chip from shelves in stores like 7-Eleven and Costco's.

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