Snacks & Desserts

Habanero chocolate chip cookies

Fiery Chocolate Chip Habanero Cookies

A spicy twist to a cookie favorite.

Are you a spicy food fan and a chocolate chip cookie purist? These fiery cookies are right up your alley. Nothing fancy, just vanilla-rich cookie dough, delicious chocolate chips (and lots of them), and the big sweet heat of a habanero pepper. It’s a whole lot of flavor in a simple package. If you want things even hotter, double down on the habanero.

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spicy chocolate sauce

Spicy Chocolate Sauce

Drizzle or dip, oh so good.

Rich dark chocolate and spicy cayenne collide in this simple spicy chocolate sauce. Try it drizzled on vanilla ice cream or as a dipping sauce for fresh fruits, pastries, and churros. it’s smooth meets earthy meets spice.

Want it a little more smoky? Try chipotle powder instead of cayenne. It makes for an excellent end-of-BBQ dessert treat.

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Old Bay Popcorn

Tasty Old Bay Popcorn

The perfectly seasoned popcorn.

Sure you could just microwave up some popcorn and sprinkle it with Old Bay – no judgement here. We’ve done that, too. But Old Bay popcorn is so much better when you’ve oil popped the corn kernels and butter-coated it just right with the crab spice, salt, and pepper. It’s a treat and very simple to do. Plus, it doesn’t take really that much more time than a microwave popcorn bag. So what’s stopping you the next time you have a hankerin’ for crab corn?

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Easy Habanero Ice Cream

Heat up your basic store-bought vanilla!

You don’t need an ice cream maker to concoct some unique spicy ice cream flavors. All it takes is your favorite store-bought vanilla ice cream, your favorite tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, and orange all work great here), and a few habanero peppers. It’s a serious blast to your senses – creamy, sweet, tangy, and of course sizzling hot! And, of course, ice cream is often used to relieve chili burn, so the heat doesn’t stick around as long as you’d think. 

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Homemade Spicy Applesauce

Homemade Spicy Applesauce

A twist on the basic…

Want to make that apple sauce something a little more memorable? Then let’s take it to new spicy levels.

This is a simple homemade spicy applesauce recipe that takes less than an hour to make. With its cayenne and crushed red pepper, it’s a terrific side dish to a spicy pork chop or really any type of barbecue. Plus, it makes for a fun twist on a simple snack, and don’t forget it as a dessert option. Try it with some vanilla ice cream for a terrific after-dinner treat.

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Sweet Chili Sauce Spicy Ice Cream Topping

A mango sorbet pairing made in heaven

Pairing this spicy ice cream topping with mango sorbet is pure awesome, plain and simple. The tropical fruit sweetness mixed with the Thai chili heat just works. And this is an easy dessert topping to pull together on the quick. If you have some Thai sweet chili sauce in the fridge, you are a quarter of the way there. Give it a go when you’re craving a tropical fruit sorbet or ice cream.

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Jalapeno Mint Smoothie

Jalapeño Mint Smoothie

It’s not only sweet and spicy that works…

Minty and spicy works very well too! For instance, this jalapeño mint smoothie recipe is sure to bring a smile post-workout or as a healthy dessert option. Hot peppers are known for their hunger-curbing properties (it’s all about that capsaicin), and mint promotes healthy digestion which helps your body burn fat instead of storing it. Obviously, this is an excellent smoothie for those on weight-loss diets, and it really cleanses the palate post-meal. 

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spicy watermelon salad

Spicy Watermelon Salad

What’s more refreshing than watermelon? Very little in our book. Add in jalapeño and you’ve got a summer-time salad worth noting! This is one of those salads that’s perfect as an appetizer, as a light lunch, or even as a dessert. It crosses mealtime boundaries.

For less spice, prepare it right before serving. For more, let the salad sit for four to six hours prior to serving The watermelon will take-in the spiciness from the jalapeños. Or you could opt to step it up to a serrano pepper for additional heat.

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