Cowboy Candy

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You may be tempted to taste the syrup during the cooking process. Melted sugar is super hot, so I wouldn’t recommend it. Your taste buds will thank you.

Cowboy Candy

These candied jalapeños can be preserved using a traditional canning process.

When you’re done eating the candied jalapeños, don’t throw away the liquid. It’s great in homemade barbecue sauce or drizzled on meat or cheese.

Cowboy Candy

These are delicious with smoked garlic cream cheese and crackers. Or even better use pork crackers AKA bacon.

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Cowboy Candy – Candied Jalapenos

You’ll pop these jalapenos like candy, even if you’re a spice weenie. Cowboy Candy is addictive sweet candied jalapenos that are great with cream cheese.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 32 servings


  • 10 jalapenos
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cup white sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped


  • Wearing plastic gloves, slice the stems off of the jalapenos. Core out the seeds. Slice each pepper into 1/8 to 1/4-inch slices.
  • Stir the remaining ingredients together in a large saucepot. Heat over high heat stirring occasionally for about 7 minutes or until it comes to a frothy boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the jalapenos, and simmer for 8 more minutes, stirring occasionally. They will start to change color. That’s a good thing.
  • Remove the peppers from the syrup using a slotted spoon. Spoon into a large glass jar.
  • Bring the syrup to a boil and boil 5 more minutes. Carefully pour the syrup into the jar of peppers.
  • Allow to cool at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, and then refrigerate.


Serving: 1tbspCalories: 51kcalCarbohydrates: 12gPotassium: 14mgSugar: 12gVitamin A: 45IUVitamin C: 5.3mgCalcium: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  1. Hi. I was wondering once I can the cowboy candy how long of a shelf life does it have unopened?


    1. If you go through the full canning process, they can stay on a shelf for about a year. If you just put them in a jar, I keep them in the fridge for about a month.

  2. I made these, and the syrup turned to jelly in the jar. Has that ever happened to you. I’m not complaining, and it may even make the whole thing better. Just curious about what would cause that. Thanks, and have a good Thanksgiving!

    1. Sounds like a yummy dip with cream cheese. I haven’t had that happen. Maybe next time cook it for a shorter time.

    1. I would process them in a hot water bath for 10-15 minutes (longer at higher altitudes). The next day, double check the seals to ensure they’re tight.

  3. This looks delicious, and im trying it today with home grown jalapenos. I wish you had included a weight or volume on your “10 peppers” I don’t know how large your peppers were.

    1. I usually pick out medium jalapenos at the store. Nothing too scrawny or too big. This recipe isn’t an exact science though, so if you go with 12 jalapenos or 8, it won’t make that much difference. You just want to make sure they’re all covered by the liquid.