Summer is here and I’m officially in love with sweet and spicy jellies. For years now I’ve been making my own recipe for jalapeño jelly and it continues to be a best selling product! I also make traditional fruit jams and preserves which always keep me busy during the winter holidays.
Since last Christmas, I’ve tinkered with the idea of making my own spicy fruit jellies and it was a thought that kept getting put to simmer on the back burner. Well, I’ve finally had time to experiment and here is the firstborn of what will be a small line of sweet and spicy fruit jellies: Pineapple-Habanero Jelly! Isn’t she pretty? Each batch is made by me with a bright and flavorful mix of fresh-cut pineapple, orange habanero peppers, mild green bell pepper, just a pinch of sweet onion, sugar and tangy cider vinegar.
We love to use these spicy jellies as fancy looking dips over cream cheese and for glazes on grilled meats, especially chicken. As for the batch featured in these pics, my husband and I nearly ate an entire jar on our own! Okay, not nearly…I’ll come clean: we did absolutely eat the whole jar!
I’d also like to share that those cute, little habaneros are completely intimidating! I made this jelly wearing protective gloves and knowing full-well that just a little bit of habanero goes a long way! So, it took some trial and error to get the heat just right!
If you are local, I’m in the planning stages of a big jam and jelly sale in July! I’m working hard on more and more goodies to showcase there! I’ll post details on my Facebook business page when the date gets a little closer!
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