Cowboy Candy Tips
What is cowboy candy?
Cowboy candy is another name for candied jalapenos. In the past, it often included maraschino cherries, but modern versions tend to stick to a sweet brine with herbs and spices.
Does pickling jalapenos make them hotter?
Pickling jalapenos actually makes jalapenos a bit less spicy! The sugar in this recipe helps make jalapenos heat slightly milder, but they still retain a good amount of kick. If you want to mellow it even further, mix the cowboy candy into some cream cheese and use it as a spread.
What can I do with candied jalapenos?
You may feel stumped, but you can do so much with candied jalapenos! They are a tasty topper for burgers
, or hot dogs
. You can also mix them into dips, salad dressings or add them to a grilled cheese
How long will candied jalapenos last?
When properly processed in a home canner, cowboy candy will last up to a year if kept in a cool, dark place. More than likely, they won’t last that long, though. Once opened, refrigerate for up to 2 to 3 weeks.—Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Associate Recipe Editor/Test Cook
and James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor, Culinary
The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. For altitudes up to 3,000 feet, add 5 minutes; 6,000 feet, add 10 minutes; 8,000 feet, add 15 minutes; 10,000 feet, add 20 minutes.
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
2 tablespoons: 10 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.