Here's What People Are Saying About Dunkin's Spicy Ghost Pepper Donut

Skeptical of Dunkin's recent debut, their Spicy Ghost Pepper Donut, the flaming hot flavor released this month to celebrate Halloween?  No one can blame you — after all, what could be a spookier flavor than one that has the potential to set your mouth on fire and send you running for the nearest carton of milk? It's totally understandable if you need to hear some reviews before diving in and buying yourself one of these daring donuts. 

According to The Takeout, the chain's Spicy Ghost Pepper Donut may not send you to the hospital, but it's also not the best flavor Dunkin' offers. "It's worth trying once but wouldn't be good enough to keep forever," explained Dennis Lee, one of The Takeout's staff writers and spicy donut reviewers. "I probably wouldn't do it again," agreed the outlet's other reviewer and staff writer, Lillian Stone. "I didn't necessarily dislike it, but I think there are lots of superior doughnut options. It wasn't as hot as I expected."

How spicy is Dunkin's Spicy Ghost Pepper Donut really?

"The two closest things I'd compare this to if I could," explains Paste Magazine, "are a box of Red Hots or an inverted and quite chaotic Sour Patch Kid (sweet, hot, gone). It's also not the hottest thing I've tried this week, as I tried an intense hot sauce on a dare, so this Dunkin' product isn't as bad in comparison." 

The Impulsive Buy agrees with this review, writing "This donut isn't extremely spicy. I mean, it's spicy for a donut, but you won't have to plan your day around it." As for the actual flavor, the outlet goes on to say, "Imagine the aftertaste of having a spicy Mexican or Indian dinner, then chasing it with a strawberry donut for dessert." Mashable agrees as well, saying "It does taste good, even if it's not as spicy as Dunkin's tweets may suggest." So the verdict is pretty clear across the board: while Dunkin's Spicy Ghost Pepper is no one's favorite, it's still worth a try — and odds are you're going to be able to take the heat.