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Homemade Candied Habaneros

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This is the third spicy recipe I have made in the last 10 days After I made Strawberry Hot Sauce and Chocolate Covered Jalapeno Peppers just yesterday, It’s time to make another special hot recipe that is close to my heart, this Candied Habaneros are a must-need in the kitchen for any spicy and hot sauces lovers.

What I also love about this Candied Habaneros is that you can customize it as you want, I see some people add lime zest or even some people add juices like orange or strawberries, and since you make it in your kitchen, why not try something different and enjoy it as you like.

What is Candied Habaneros?

Candied habaneros are sweet and spicy treats made from colorful peppers and sugar. First, You just need to mix sugar and water in a pot and heat it until the sugar dissolves. Then, you need to add slices of habanero peppers and let them cook in the sweet liquid until they become soft and so tasty of course. After they cool down, keep them in the fridge until we’re ready to eat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup habanero peppers, sliced
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Optional: lime zest for added brightness

How to Make Candied Habaneros?

Step 1:

In a medium saucepan, combine the granulated sugar and water over medium heat, stirring continuously until the sugar completely dissolves. This should take about 3-5 minutes, and you’ll notice the liquid becoming clear as the sugar dissolves.

Step 2:

Once the sugar has dissolved, carefully add the sliced habanero peppers to the saucepan. Be cautious when handling the peppers, Stir the peppers into the syrup until they are evenly coated.

Step 3:

Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, reducing the heat if necessary to maintain a low, steady simmer. Allow the peppers to simmer in the syrup for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. During this time, the peppers will soften slightly, and the syrup will thicken.

Step 4:

After 10-15 minutes, remove the saucepan from the heat and set it aside to cool. The candied habaneros will continue to thicken as they cool, so don’t worry if the syrup seems thin at first. Let the mixture cool to room temperature, which should take approximately 30-45 minutes.

Step 5:

Once cooled, carefully transfer the candied habaneros and syrup to a clean, airtight container. Make sure the container is completely dry to prevent any moisture from affecting the preservation of the candied peppers.

Some Tips

  • Use a non-reactive saucepan, such as stainless steel or enamel-coated, to prevent any metallic flavors from affecting the syrup.
  • Stir the sugar and water mixture continuously until the sugar is completely dissolved to ensure a smooth syrup without any graininess.
  • Don’t forget to Adjust the cooking time based on your desired level of softness for the habanero peppers. If you prefer them to be slightly firmer, simmer for a shorter time, or cook longer for a softer texture.
  • Allow the candied habaneros to cool completely before transferring them to a storage container.

How to Store Leftovers?

If you have some candied habaneros left over, just put them in a clean, sealed container and keep them in the fridge. They’ll stay good for about a month, but I bet you’ll eat them up way before that!

How to Enjoy These Candied Habaneros?

There are so many fun ways to enjoy these candied habaneros, You can sprinkle them on top of your favorite meals to add a sweet and spicy taste.

Also, you can Try them on tacos, pizza, or even mixed into a salad. You can also get creative and use them in your cooking to give dishes unique and special flavors.

Also, some people love to Add them to marinades for chicken or shrimp. For a refreshing drink option, muddle a few candied habaneros into a cocktail or mocktail for a spicy-sweet experience.

FAQ

Are candied habaneros very spicy?

Candied habaneros are spicy, but the sweetness from the sugar helps to balance out the heat, making them more manageable.

Can kids eat candied habaneros?

I don’t think so, It’s best for adults to enjoy candied habaneros due to their spiciness. Kids might find them too hot!

How long do candied habaneros last?

When stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container, candied habaneros can last for up to a month.

Can I freeze candied habaneros?

While it’s possible to freeze them, the texture might change slightly when thawed. It’s best to store them in the refrigerator.

Conclusion

If you Ready to make your food taste even more delicious with a mix of sweet and spicy? Well, Try this Candied Habaneros recipe! These little peppers are full of flavor. Share the recipe with your friends who love spicy food and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog for more tasty recipes.

Homemade Candied Habaneros

Recipe by CourtneyCourse: AppetizersCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

1

Cup
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Calories

50

kcal
Total time

25

minutes

This recipe for candied habaneros offers a great fusion of sweet and spicy flavors, perfect for adding a fiery kick to your dishes. The habanero peppers are simmered in a sugar syrup until tender, resulting in a so good condiment that pairs beautifully with meats, cheeses, and cocktails.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup habanero peppers, sliced

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup water

Directions

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the granulated sugar and water over medium heat, stirring continuously until the sugar completely dissolves. This should take about 3-5 minutes, and you'll notice the liquid becoming clear as the sugar dissolves.
  • Once the sugar has dissolved, carefully add the sliced habanero peppers to the saucepan. Be cautious when handling the peppers, Stir the peppers into the syrup until they are evenly coated.
  • Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, reducing the heat if necessary to maintain a low, steady simmer. Allow the peppers to simmer in the syrup for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. During this time, the peppers will soften slightly, and the syrup will thicken.
  • After 10-15 minutes, remove the saucepan from the heat and set it aside to cool. The candied habaneros will continue to thicken as they cool, so don't worry if the syrup seems thin at first. Let the mixture cool to room temperature, which should take approximately 30-45 minutes.
  • Once cooled, carefully transfer the candied habaneros and syrup to a clean, airtight container. Make sure the container is completely dry to prevent any moisture from affecting the preservation of the candied peppers.

Notes

  • Use a non-reactive saucepan, such as stainless steel or enamel-coated, to prevent any metallic flavors from affecting the syrup.
  • Stir the sugar and water mixture continuously until the sugar is completely dissolved to ensure a smooth syrup without any graininess.
  • Don't forget to Adjust the cooking time based on your desired level of softness for the habanero peppers. If you prefer them to be slightly firmer, simmer for a shorter time, or cook longer for a softer texture.
  • Allow the candied habaneros to cool completely before transferring them to a storage container.
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This blog is all about delicious easy-to-make recipes. I aim to make cooking enjoyable, especially for those who, like me, may not be expert chefs but have a love for trying new things in the kitchen.