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How Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Compare to Others Taking The One-Chip Challenge?

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took on the One-Chip Challenge on Christmas, and she did her best to handle the heat.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrated everyone's favorite cold winter holiday with some heat. 

The Heat

Ocasio-Cortez found a Carolina pepper and Scorpion pepper chip. For the uninitiated, the Carolina Reaper is officially the world's hottest pepper. Invented by Ed Currie, it is a cross between a Ghost Pepper and a Red Habanero and is said to have a fruity flavor to go along with its molten lava heat index. On the hottest pepper list, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpio is solidly at number two. This chip combines the two hottest peppers on earth and blends them into one chip that punishes even the most experienced of spice lords.

Within moments of biting into this, it goes south for AOC. She suffers, she dances, and she tries her best to play it cool. With those two peppers in the chip, this is next to impossible. The most impressive part of AOC's performance is that she doesn't curse. 

Hot Sauce Fails

AOC does pretty well in comparison to some of the other attempts of people eating hot foods. The greatest fail might be DJ Khaled on the interview show "Hot Ones." Hot Ones is one of the most popular and entertaining interview shows and watching people test their spice tolerance is always entertaining. There is nobody in the world who failed harder at eating hot sauce than DJ Khaled, however. He fails miserably. Just watch.

"I promise you if I stop, it doesn't mean I gave up." That quote from Khaled will live forever for reasons that aren't pretty. Three wings in, and Khaled did not 'win win win' in the slightest. It seems Khaled will always be infamous for things he refuses to eat. 

Other entertaining Hot Food moments include Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell doing the choco challenge, which they did via Bell's Instagram. Shepard and Bell are also Hot Ones alumni who by and large handled their spice better than almost any other guests. The choco challenge must be difficult to do because both Bell and Shepard suffer through it, and it's a hilarious watch.

As someone who enjoys their spicy food, watching these videos of people eating hot food where the Scoville levels reach in the hundreds of thousands even makes my mouth hurt with sympathy pains. 

Spice on food is only as good as the food it complements. Many guests on Hot Ones note that the hottest sauces to eat are difficult because they offer no redeeming flavor. 

As for remedies that AOC could have used, there are various things said to help cool the fire. Citrus, bread, and anything with high sugar content are common remedies. When I attempted to eat "Da Bomb beyond insanity" hot sauce (as seen on the show Hot Ones) the only thing that truly seemed to help cut through the heat was a little bit of alcohol. 

Woman of the People

Ocasio-Cortez may be a member of the Democratic Party and affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America, but she constantly proves to be one of Congress' best populists. AOC appeals to a younger audience due to her progressive politics and her use of social media. Regardless of how one feels about her politics and views, few can deny that Ocasio-Cortez knows how to connect with her constituents and the younger side of the voting population.