Last Updated July 2, 2021

You’ll pop these jalapeños like candy, even if you’re a spice weenie. Cowboy Candy is addictive sweet candied jalapeños 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 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.

Cowboy Candy

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.
3.5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 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
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