Stale cheese snacks, calorie-dense sweets, and freezer popsicles have all had their day in the sun. More people are looking for interesting takes on snacking without having to go too far out of what they’re familiar with. A popular way to shake up any snack is to revisit the basics and make them more exciting! Pepper jam, a sweet and spicy mix to put on nearly anything, has become wildly popular, and people are looking for fun ways to enjoy it.
Here are some lesser-known but still exciting pepper jam recipes that will keep you and your family sated!
Sweet And Spicy Wings
Hot wings are one of America’s most popular meals, with more than 1.3 billion wings being consumed during the average Superbowl every year. They also double as a fun snack or appetizer, as long as you can control yourself not to polish a plate of them! Using pepper jam as your sauce, with a little added spice or barbecue to your tastes, you can create a plate of wings that are not only spicy but also sweet and tangy.
This mixture of sweet and spicy, mixed with crispy hot wings, is the ultimate way to fire up all of your taste buds and make everyone at your table want more!
Thumbprint cookies have fallen out of popularity in recent years, but they’re due for a comeback! Any basic sugar cookie, or peanut butter cookie, recipe will work.
Make your dough as you usually would, and then portion out every cookie into a smooth ball. Using the cup of your hand, flatten that ball into more of a thick saucer shape and roll in sugar. Place on a nonstick pan, and use your thumb to indent the cookie so that you have a well for your jelly. Make sure not to press the bottom too thin, or your cookie will tear or leak.
Freeze your cookies for ten minutes, and in the meanwhile, microwave your pepper jam in a small dish for no longer than ten to thirty seconds. Only heat it long enough to make it slightly runny, don’t make it boil or bubble.
When your cookies are done chilling, pour in no more than a tablespoon of jelly per cookie, and then bake them until your cookies are toasted and cooked through. Let these cool before enjoying them! They’re a great snack on the go or to enjoy at home.
Party Mix and Trail Mix
More people are turning to hike and exercising outdoors than ever before, and with that kind of exertion, you need a good snack! Trail mix and party mix recipes often include honey, which is used for glazing the ingredients and slightly add sweetness to them. You can either replace the honey entirely or split it with pepper jam and enjoy the new exciting flavor it offers. Not only does this change add bursts of heat to your mix, but it also has a lower chance of burning your mix than honey does.