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Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy

These Sweet and Spicy Cowboy Candy, also known as Candied Jalapenos, are the perfect sweet-and-fiery condiment to spice up your favorite cuisine since they are made of spicy jalapeno slices that are coated in a sugary glaze. You may enjoy it on burgers, hot dogs, baked beans, salads, or even with crackers and cream cheese. You can also use it as a topping for hot dogs.

Easy Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy Recipe

The jalapenos that are covered in sugar have long been a household favorite in our home. Every time I prepare a batch, I find that I have to answer the question “can we eat them yet?!” virtually every day for the next several days. When one of the jars is opened, let’s just say that the contents are immediately consumed!

These Cowboy Candy have such a deliciously sweet and spicy flavor, and their texture is so soft and chewy. One of the reasons that make cowboy candy so addicting is the sweetness, which provides a good counterpoint to the spiciness of the candy.

Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy
Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy

What Is Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy?

Both Sweet tasting and Spicy Candied jalapenos, often known as “Cowboy Candy,” are jalapeno slices that have been caramelized in a sugar syrup to create a snack that is simultaneously sweet and fiery. Cowboy candy is a type of condiment that may be used in a wide variety of foods, ranging from tacos and nachos to salads and baked beans. You may also eat them with a fork straight from the jar, or spread some cream cheese on a cracker and enjoy them that way.

Ingredients That You’ll Need:

To prepare this flavorful sauce, you will only need a few basic ingredients and a few different spices.

  • Jalapeños – This recipe asks for about 20 jalapenos.
  • Apple cider vinegar – It imparts a tangy taste and aids in the tenderization of the peppers.
  • Sugars – The vinegar and spiciness are balanced with equal parts granulated sugar and brown sugar.
  • Seasonings – The fiery jalapeno taste is complemented by turmeric, garlic powder, celery seed, and cayenne pepper.

If you want to see more pepper Substitutes that you can pickle, you can check 7 Good Substitutes For Pepperoncini or 8 Best Substitute For Banana Peppers.

How To Select Jalapenos For Making Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy?

Look for the following traits in jalapenos:

  • Peppers with no soft spots
  • Colorful and compact stems.
  • The better the outcomes, the fresher the peppers.
  • Choose jalapenos that are all the same size. Using the same size peppers will assist to keep the texture of the slices constant throughout the jar.

Can I Make Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy Recipe With Other Peppers?

Absolutely. You can “sugar” any variety of chili pepper. Simply slice them into rings and continue with the process. Some peppers are plainly bigger than others. Cut those into smaller pieces.

The method works well with hotter peppers. Candied habaneros are my particular favorite. Amazingly tasty. The candying process reduces the intensity of candied jalapenos or any pepper, so they won’t be as fiery as you may imagine.

Make them with superhot chili peppers like scorpions or Reapers. Oh my goodness!

How To Make Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy

  1. Wearing gloves, remove the stems from the peppers and slice them into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Place in a dish and put aside.
  2. Combine all of the other ingredients in a big saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, then lower to low heat for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the sliced jalapenos, increase the heat to high, and cook for 4 minutes.
  4. Transfer the peppers to clean, sterile canning jars, filling them to within 1/4-inch of the upper rim.
  5. Return the heat under the pot to high and boil the liquid for 6-7 minutes. Then take the saucepan from the heat and set it aside for 3 minutes to cool.
  6. Pour the liquid syrup into the jars gently with a ladle (or pitcher with a spout), ensuring sure all of the jalapenos are completely immersed. (Poke a chopstick a few times into the bottom of the jars to expel any pockets of air.)
  7. Wipe the jar rims clean with a moist paper towel. Use two-piece lids to close. Place in the refrigerator.
  8. Allow chilling for at least two weeks (preferably a month.) They will taste better the longer they sit.
  9. Keep refrigerated and consume within 2 months.
Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy
Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy

Variations Of This Recipe

  • Double – As strange as it may sound, after tasting these Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy, you may want to prepare a double batch the following time. This recipe may easily be doubled… Simply double all of the ingredients while keeping the cooking method and timings the same.
  • A slider bar will appear if you mouse over the serving size number in the recipe card down below. Simply drag the bar in either direction until the desired number of servings appears, and it will automatically calculate the appropriate amount of each ingredient!
  • Peppers – Technically, you can “candy” any pepper, so if you’re feeling adventurous, try using hotter peppers like serranos or habaneros! Maintain the same procedure.
  • Milder – While candying reduces the intensity of the jalapenos, if you’re truly concerned about the heat, core the peppers before slicing.

How To Use Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy?

Do you know what to do with your Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy? There are several applications for candied jalapenos since they make an excellent topping for any food in need of a taste boost. Here are a couple of my favorite applications:

How To Store Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy?

  • Store in the fridge: Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy can keep in the fridge for up to 2 months if prepared as suggested.
  • Canning: You may extend the shelf life of your Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy by preserving it. Place the full, sealed jars in a canner and cover with water by 2 inches. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Set the timer for 10 minutes for half-pints or 15 minutes for pints after it achieves a full rolling boil. When the timer goes off, move the jars to a cooling rack with canning tongs. Allow them to chill for 24 hours, undisturbed. When completely cold, wipe with a clean, moist towel and label. They may be stored in the pantry for up to a year.

Can I Make Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy Ahead Of Time?

Yes, you may make Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy ahead of time; the jalapenos take a couple of weeks to plump back up and the tastes to mellow out and mingle together, so this is a perfect make-ahead dish.

If I’m patient enough, I’ll wait 3-4 weeks before opening a jar, but let’s be honest… sometimes I just want the sweet-heat deliciousness now. 1-2 weeks is a nice compromise.

Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy
Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy

Recipe Tips

  • Control the heat. Because this Cowboy Candy is sweet and spicy, you may remove the seeds and membrane from the peppers to reduce the intensity. After removing the stems, insert a long peeler into each jalapeno and twist to extract the seeds. Then cut into rounds.
  • Don’t have your eyes/nose burned. We strongly advise using gloves when cutting the jalapenos and also when transferring the jalapenos from the liquid to the jars, as the odors are intense!
  • Don’t be concerned if the peppers seem withered. The peppers will shrivel after cooking in the hot syrup but will plump back up after cooling in the sealed jars for a few weeks.
  • What to do with excess syrup. If you have any extra syrup, which is likely, you may store it in half-pint or pint jars. It’s fantastic in margaritas, as a glaze over barbecued ribs, or in potato salad, among other things.
  • Fresh is the finest. Fresh jalapenos are used to make the greatest candied jalapenos. The skin of the pepper should be firm and free of deep blemishes. Find peppers that are regularly proportioned so that your slices are uniform in size.
  • Slicing. Because you’ll be slicing 1.5 pounds of peppers, you’ll need a sharp knife and steady hand, a food processor with a slicing blade, or a mandoline.
  • Gloves. Because jalapenos are infamous for fluctuating in heat intensity, I like to deal with them while wearing disposable gloves. The oils released when chopping peppers can cause burning and skin discomfort. And please don’t do anything like wipe your nose or eyes before thoroughly washing your hands. Don’t ask me how I know how much it’ll hurt… So, believe me, put on your gloves.

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Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories 20
  • Total Fat 0g
  • Saturated Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 75mg
  • Potassium 0mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 5g
  • Dietary Fiber 0g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Protein 0g
  • Vitamin A 0%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium 2%
  • Iron 0%

Nutrition Facts Source: Source

Sweet And Spicy Cowboy Candy

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 10 minutesCook time: 20 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time: 30 minutesServings:6 servingsCalories:20 kcal Best Season:Available

Description

These Sweet and Spicy Cowboy Candy, also known as Candied Jalapenos, are the perfect sweet-and-fiery condiment to spice up your favorite cuisine since they are made of spicy jalapeno slices that are coated in a sugary glaze. You may enjoy it on burgers, hot dogs, baked beans, salads, or even with crackers and cream cheese. You can also use it as a topping for hot dogs.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Wearing gloves, remove the stems from the peppers and slice them into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Place in a dish and put aside.
  2. Combine all of the other ingredients in a big saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, then lower to low heat for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the sliced jalapenos, increase the heat to high, and cook for 4 minutes.
  4. Transfer the peppers to clean, sterile canning jars, filling them to within 1/4-inch of the upper rim.
  5. Return the heat under the pot to high and boil the liquid for 6-7 minutes. Then take the saucepan from the heat and set it aside for 3 minutes to cool.
  6. Pour the liquid syrup into the jars gently with a ladle (or pitcher with a spout), ensuring sure all of the jalapenos are completely immersed. (Poke a chopstick a few times into the bottom of the jars to expel any pockets of air.)
  7. Wipe the jar rims clean with a moist paper towel. Use two-piece lids to close. Place in the refrigerator.
  8. Allow chilling for at least two weeks (preferably a month.) They will taste better the longer they sit.
  9. Keep refrigerated and consume within 2 months.

Notes

  • Control the heat. Because this Cowboy Candy is sweet and spicy, you may remove the seeds and membrane from the peppers to reduce the intensity. After removing the stems, insert a long peeler into each jalapeno and twist to extract the seeds. Then cut into rounds.
  • Don’t have your eyes/nose burned. We strongly advise using gloves when cutting the jalapenos and also when transferring the jalapenos from the liquid to the jars, as the odors are intense!
  • Don’t be concerned if the peppers seem withered. The peppers will shrivel after cooking in the hot syrup but will plump back up after cooling in the sealed jars for a few weeks.
  • What to do with excess syrup. If you have any extra syrup, which is likely, you may store it in half-pint or pint jars. It’s fantastic in margaritas, as a glaze over barbecued ribs, or in potato salad, among other things.
  • Fresh is the finest. Fresh jalapenos are used to make the greatest candied jalapenos. The skin of the pepper should be firm and free of deep blemishes. Find peppers that are regularly proportioned so that your slices are uniform in size.
  • Slicing. Because you’ll be slicing 1.5 pounds of peppers, you’ll need a sharp knife and steady hand, a food processor with a slicing blade, or a mandoline.
  • Gloves. Because jalapenos are infamous for fluctuating in heat intensity, I like to deal with them while wearing disposable gloves. The oils released when chopping peppers can cause burning and skin discomfort. And please don’t do anything like wipe your nose or eyes before thoroughly washing your hands. Don’t ask me how I know how much it’ll hurt… So, believe me, put on your gloves.
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Nutrition Facts

Servings 6


Amount Per Serving
Calories 20
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 75mg4%
Potassium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 5g2%
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 3g
Protein 0g

Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2%
Iron 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.