Candied jalapenos, sometimes known as Cowboy Candy, are addictive little bites of sweet and spicy! Serve as a snack or as a garnish for a delicious treat!
These little bites of goodness will become your new obsession!
The perfect blend of sweet and spicy, this is essentially jalapeno slices cooked in a sweet, simple syrup until they become ah-mazing!!
They’re delicious just to snack on (you won’t be able to stop) or you can use them as a garnish for other food!
Ingredients for Candied Jalapenos
How Do You Make Candied Jalapenos ( Homemade Cowboy Candy)?
- The first step is to dice your jalepenos into 1/4″ slices. You’ll want to wear disposable gloves for this step because they’re spicy and you don’t want to accidentally rub your eyes. I don’t even worry about removing the seeds. Just throw it all together. Except for the stems… throw that part away.
- Next you’re going to add all your other ingredients to a medium-size saucepan. This does boil up pretty high so you don’t want too small of a saucepan where it can boil over.
- Stir all of the ingredients together. Bring your mixture to a quick boil and then reduce the heat to a low simmer and let it cook for about 5 minutes. You want it to get to a syrupy consistency.
- Then add the pepper slices and bring it back up to a boil.
- Stir to make sure all your peppers are coated in the syrup. As soon as it’s boiling again, turn it back down to a simmer and simmer for 4 minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer the peppers to a mason jar.
- Turn the burner back up to a boil and boil the syrup for about 6 minutes to make it even more of a simple syrup. Once it’s done boiling, pour the syrup over the jalapenos in the jar.
- Let cool completely and then put the lid on and store in the fridge.
- It’s best to let these sit in the fridge for a minimum of 1-2 weeks before you eat them so the flavors have a chance to meld together.
Tips for Candied Jalapenos
- These keep in the fridge for up to 3 months, but I bet they won’t last that long!
- It’s really easy to double this recipe by just doubling all the ingredients measurement for measurement.
- If you have leftover syrup once the jalapenos are gone, you can use it for mixed drink recipes.
- You can snack on these straight from the jar or use them as garnish.
- Ways to use candied jalapenos: on nachos, on burgers, over cream cheese with crackers, in a Bloody Mary.
- Slice jalapenos into 1/4" slices. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, combine all the remaining ingredients and stir till mixed.
- Bring to a quick boil.
- Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 4 minutes.
- Bring it back up to a boil and add the jalapeno slices, stirring until they're all coated. Once it comes back to a boil, reduce heat to medium low again and simmer for about 4 minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon, remove the jalapenos to a glass jar.
- Bring the syrup back up to a full boil and boil for about 6 minutes until it is very syrupy. Pour over jalapenos in jar.
- When cool, store in the refrigerator.
- Let sit in your fridge for 1-2 weeks before eating. Can store in fridge for up to 3 months.
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