A school is warning parents against giving their children the new extra-spicy variety of Doritos – dubbed Britain’s hottest crisp – after a pupil was left with breathing difficulties.
The chip’s makers boast that the spicy treat will “bring you to tears.” The chips are reportedly ten times hotter than a jalapeño pepper. The school sent a letter to parents warning them that the snack can cause “severe distress.”
The chips were launched in April. One in every handful of chips per bag is coated with a fiery flavoring. The rest of the chips are much cooler, making each bag like a game of Russian roulette, hence the treat’s title.
When the snacks were launched the Doritos marketing manager Michael Walford said:
“There’s a warning on the pack for a reason – the invisible hot chips are exactly that. They’re hotter than most of the spiciest dishes out there so you’re going to want to have a glass of milk at the ready in case you get one.”
A Doritos spokeswoman said:
“We warn people to expect a seriously spicy experience with Doritos Roulette and we make this clear on the pack and in our adverts. The front of the pack states ‘Warning: Some of these chips are ultra spicy” and we also warn that Doritos Roulette are not recommended for young children’.”
The warning in the school’s newsletter came out after the 14-year-old ate the chips and had a severe reaction. The snack reportedly agitated the girl’s pre-existing medical condition. She is expected to make a full recovery.