Last updated June 24, 2018

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.

Cowboy Candy

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 jalapenos can be preserved using a traditional canning process.

When you’re done eating the candied jalapenos, 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.

Cowboy Candy

Cowboy Candy – Candied Jalapenos

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied, cowboy candy, jalapenos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 32 servings
Calories: 51 kcal
Author: Christie Vanover
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.


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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Stir in the jalapenos, and simmer for 8 more minutes, stirring occasionally. They will start to change color. That's a good thing.
  4. Remove the peppers from the syrup using a slotted spoon. Spoon into a large glass jar.
  5. Bring the syrup to a boil and boil 5 more minutes. Carefully pour the syrup into the jar of peppers.
  6. Allow to cool at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, and then refrigerate.
Nutrition Facts
Cowboy Candy – Candied Jalapenos
Amount Per Serving (1 tbsp)
Calories 51
% Daily Value*
Potassium 14mg0%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Vitamin A 45IU1%
Vitamin C 5.3mg6%
Calcium 1mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.