heart Valentine’s Day is the day above all other days when it’s cool to be HOT. (Make of that whatever you will!)

Texas Pepper Jelly’s recipe for Spicy Texas Rock Candy is certainly hot. It’s also certainly delicious, and while it takes a little time to make, it’s more than worth the time!

Why not make some of our hot spicy Valentine candy to share with someone special?

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar (real sugar; don’t use Splenda or any other substitute)
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup Texas Pepper Jelly, any flavor heart3
1 tsp. butter

What to do:

Put the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a medium saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves.

Continue stirring, and cook the mixture to the soft ball stage. Add the pepper jelly, and continue cooking – on low- to hard-crack stage. Don’t let yourself get distracted; it’s important that you keep stirring. Once the mixture reaches hard-crack stage, remove from the heat and add the butter. Stir it in.

If the pepper jelly didn’t color your mixture “brightly” enough for your taste, add a few drops of food coloring.

heart2Pour into a well-buttered pan, or into hard candy molds.

If you used a large pan, break the candy into pieces when cold.

Share with someone you love.