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News Anchor's 'One Chip Challenge' Goes Wrong (Video)

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A Denver news anchor agreed to take the "one chip challenge," eating an extremely spicy chip, and reportedly suffered for hours (video below).

KWGN anchor Natalie Tysdal asked her co-hosts what they were doing as they opened the packaging containing the single Paqui chip, called the "world's hottest chip" and made using the incredibly hot Carolina Reaper pepper, according to WGHP. After she took a bite of the chip, Tysdal looked like she was in distress. 

"Oh jeez," said KWGN morning team member Ernie Bjorkman, who was the first to take a bit of a chip, according to The Mercury News. "Oh, my goodness. It's too hot."

As Tysdal splits the chip with her producer, she laughs and asks if she's supposed to lick her finger. Before she can finish the question, however, Tysdal begins to grimace. After taking a sip of coffee, she fell behind the desk and reportedly vomited.

"Oh, Natalie threw up!" exclaimed one of her co-workers. "Cleanup on aisle 2!"

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"So, what really happened on TV this morning with the 'one chip challenge?'" wrote Tysdal later on Facebook. "I thought I was okay until I had a drink of my coffee to wash down the chip. I threw up, couldn't breathe, and felt like fire was coming out of my mouth, nose, and ears."

"I had a bottle of water, a glass of milk, a tablespoon of honey and three mints and still felt on fire," wrote the anchor. "An hour later I had chills and a massive headache. Three hours have gone by and I feel like I was beat up in a dark alley. Oh, and did I mention I shared the chip with my producer, Scott Elliott? CRAZY! I wouldn't recommend it."

The "one chip challenge" is simply to eat the Paqui Carolina Reaper chip and post a video of yourself doing so. The challenge has made its way through social media and YouTube, with people posting outrageous reactions to the spicy chip.

The "Carolina Reaper Madness" chips are sold on Paqui's website in packages of a single chip inside of a box shaped like a coffin, and cost around $20 each, according to Mashable.

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The Carolina Reaper pepper is the hottest pepper on Earth, according to USA Today. Guinness reportedly certified that the pepper had a heat rating of 1,569,300 Scoville heat units, compared to a jalapeno's 2,500 to 8,000 Scoville units.

"We're always looking to push the limits to find fun ways for our fans and consumers to engage with us," said Paqui brand manager Jeff Day. "When we decided that we wanted to make the world's hottest chip, we first said, well, we need to find the world's hottest pepper."

"It's the hottest chip you'll ever have, I can guarantee you that. After you eat that one chip, trust me, you're not looking to dig back into the bag and have a second one. So, one chip is what we created to have the experience," Day said.

Sources: WGHP, The Mercury News, USA Today, Mashable / Featured Image: Neil Tackaberry/Flickr / Embedded Images: Paqui via Mashable, Shankar S./Flickr

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