5 Dinner Party Cooking Games


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Turn Up the Heat
Want to know which chile peppers are the hottest? Check the  Scoville scale , which ranks peppers by their heat level.
Want to know which chile peppers are the hottest? Check the Scoville scale , which ranks peppers by their heat level.
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This activity -- chile pepper chowdown -- is not for the faint of heart. Whether your players are spice aficionados or adventurous newbies, this game will test their tender tongues.

In one variation, see who can eat the largest amount of a particular spicy food, like jalapenos. To ensure that no one overdoes it, make sure you set a short time limit, like 30 to 60 seconds. The second variation is more of an endurance challenge: Each participant samples chiles, curries or other notoriously zesty edibles, starting with the mildest and working up to the spiciest. Whoever makes it through the most samples without taking a drink -- or giving up entirely -- is the winner.

Just be sure to have milk, bread and antacids on standby; your contestants will definitely need something to extinguish the flame!