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I hope your not tired of jalapeno’s yet… cause that’s was Cowboy Candy is 😉


I had a feeling you might not know what Cowboy Candy is… so here’s the definition:

Cowboy Candy is a sweet and fiery blend of jalapeno peppers, onions, garlic, bell peppers, and various spices mixed into a caramelized sugar sauce.

Think of something you would sample at a country fair poured over a block of cream cheese… that’s what it is.

Three things inspired me to make this…


  1. Freshly picked jalapeno peppers from my garden.
  2. Leaving for vacation in two days…
  3. Even though I’m a born and raised Texan… I had never heard of Cowboy Candy until my friend, Melissa, from high school told me about it. She saw my post about my first jalapeno pickling experience and asked me if I’d had Cowboy Candy before. The name drew me in immediately!


Look at all that garlic! So good!

I scoured the internet and looked at tons of recipes… after getting way too confused, I made my own. Here’s a little advice… what you’re suppose to do is fill the entire empty jar with jalalpeno’s… filled to the top. Obviously I didn’t have enough to fill the jar… so I just went with it.

I sliced up the jalapeno’s and roughly chopped four cloves of garlic. All of that went in the jar.

For the sauce, I combined 2 cups of white vinegar, 4 cups of sugar, and 1 tsp turmeric. You want to bring this to a boil… once it reaches a rolling boil, reduce heat to a low boil and stir until the sauce thickens. I purposely made the sauce a little thin. I thickened the sauce until it lightly coated the spoon. If you want to make this like a jelly, you want to continue to stir and boil until it thickly coats the spoon.

Pour the super hot liquid over the jalapeno’s. Seal immediately and refrigerate. The peppers should be ready in 24 hours.


These were so good I could’ve eaten it with a spoon! I understand why Melissa loves em’ so much.

So here’s the million dollar question….

Have you ever heard of Cowboy Candy before?

In other important news…

Here’s the latest list of eggs recalled for salmonella poisoning. Check your eggs!

16 Responses

  1. Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) said on August 19, 2010 at 7:40 am

    I actually did see a jar of candied jalapenos once at the grocery store…it took everything in me not to buy it (it was super expensive!).

    This looks great, I know I would love it but the husband would probably think I was a goddess if i made these!!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet said on August 19, 2010 at 7:52 am

    I have never heard of candied jalapenos but they sound really good!

  3. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on August 19, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I guess I’ve never heard the name cowboy candy or even known its ingredients but I have been served this as a dip over cream cheese…and now I know!!! Yeeehaaa! (<–couldn't help myself)

  4. Nicole @ Making Good Choices said on August 19, 2010 at 8:29 am

    I haven’t heard of cowboy candy before, but I would love to try yours!

  5. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said on August 19, 2010 at 8:30 am

    How do you eat it? On bread?

  6. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on August 19, 2010 at 8:48 am

    No, I haven’t, but I want some now! I love learning new things about food!

  7. Anne @ the doctor takes a wife said on August 19, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I’ve never heard of this, and honestly it MAJORLY scares me. So not a pepper fan!!

  8. Mo@MommyRD said on August 19, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I’ve never heard of cowboy candy and growing up in the midwest, I never really knew much of anything to do with jalepenos except to avoid them! 😉

  9. Sally Garibay said on August 19, 2010 at 11:03 am

    My girls love peppers as well as the sweet & spicy combination. I am definitely mixing this recipe up.

  10. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on August 19, 2010 at 11:48 am

    i’ve never heard of that before (GASP!!!!) but it sounds SOOOOOOOO good! i love sweet/spicy/savory…drool!

  11. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) said on August 19, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I’ve never heard of cowboy candy, but it sounds wonderful. Brian and I love spicy and garlicy food… like, a lot. lol I have yet to try pickling anything, but I figured out what’s holding me up as I was typing this… I have to jars! I need to just order some on amazon and get that pickle making ball rolling.

    Thanks for the egg shout out! I went to Trader Joe’s yesterday and saw that they were recalling the Sunshine brand XL eggs (no others) and then got curious… Opened up my browser this morning and saw an article on the front page about it also… ended up going to the CDC and figuring out which factories had recalls and then checked the eggs I have, but could not read the imprint on the carton :l. I’ve eaten one and it was fine, so I guess I’m in the clear. I also went to the market where I bought them yesterday (before I knew about the recall) and there were no signs posted about it… The link below has the plant numbers we should watch out for if y’all are interested.–Hundreds-Have-Been-Sickened-By-Tainted-Eggs/7923443

  12. Beth @ DiningAndDishing said on August 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I’ve never heard of cowboy candy before! I’d love to see how you serve it. It looks beautiful in the jar!

  13. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on August 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I’ve never heard of cowboy candy (surprisingly!), but this looks awesome! I love stuff like this.

  14. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on August 19, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Oh wow, I HAVE to make this! It sounds amazing!! Do you serve it over cream cheese for a dip? YUM!
    (No, I have never

  15. Ellen@FirednFabulous said on August 19, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Ohhh I love jalapenos! But I rarely cook with them…need to add them to more recipes for sure!

  16. newlywed said on August 20, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I’ve never heard of that. I’m intrigued. My husband loves hot peppers and he loves caramel…I shall have to try both together on him!