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Aug 25, 2008 08:08 PM

Just have to share this recipe for Cowboy Candy...

I was told about Cowboy Candy by my nephew who is in the Air Force in Del Rio, TX. They buy it there and love it. It is candied jalapenos and they chop it up into a relish and use it on everything! Over cream cheese for an app, on tacos, eggs, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, quesadillas, ect...I couldn't wait to get some (they are going to send me a jar) so looked it up on the web, found a recipe and made it today. It is the best! Sweet, with a nice spicy back burn. We just made carne asada and put it on that. (sorry not sure how to make it a hyperlink


I used 3 cups of sliced jalapeno, 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 3/4 cup of sugar. Put everything into a sauce pan, brought to a boil, reduced heat to low and simmered 20 minutes. I did not use the food coloring and it still looked good.

This is definitely going to be a staple in our home from now on! Hope some of you try it!

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  1. Thanks for posting this! A restaurant down the street from us serves these with cream cheese on a meet and cheese plate, and we love them! I tried to duplicate them without a recipe, and they were way too spicy. I think my mistake might of been trying to take a shortcut and using the jarred jalapenos. I'm sure I'll try your recipe soon!

    1. I can't wait to make these jalapenos. My stepmom makes pickled watermelon rind which is also sweet and spicy and our family loves it. I'm sure these jalapenos will be a hit to.

      1. jodymaryk - did you mean 1 1/2 cup sugar and 3/4 cup water?

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        1. re: Cookiefiend

          Yep. Sorry about that!! It is correct on the recipe

        2. This is so-o-o good, s-o-o-o easy! Thanks for the recipe; I made it this morning and it's nearly gone; we'll need more cream cheese! Thanks, again!

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          1. re: Cynsa

            Glad you liked it! I stopped by the store today on the way home from work and bought a couple of pounds of jalapeno to make more as the first batch I made on Monday was gone! This time I did 8 cups of sliced jalapeno, two whole habaneros, 5 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water. Brought to boil, simmered uncovered 20 mins then cooled. Seemed like more liquid then I wanted so I drained the jalapeno, returned the liquid to a boil for about 15 minutes. It made a nice thick syrup and everything is now packed up into containers to share with my friends. The whole habaneros gave it a little more heat.

            1. re: jodymaryk

              I just had to try a bit of the new batch so was looking in the fridge and ended up mixing it into some plain unsweetened yogurt. Had a few crackers with it and ate the last few bites with a spoon. It was good! Funny the combos you can come up with!

              1. re: jodymaryk

                ymmm...yogurt! When that's gone, I'll mix it with cottage cheese and dried apricot.

          2. Oh my. I was wondering what to do with all my jalapenos and serranos. Now I know.
            Can't wait to experiment with this one.