Candied Chilies Candied Chilies

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Cooking Thai peppers in simple syrup gives you a sweet and spicy flavour booster that can be added to savoury dishes as well as desserts. Try sprinkling some onto stir-fries or pizza, or using them to coat cheese balls. Or, for an unexpected kick, mix them into chocolate cake batter or a curd for lemon squares. Use the reserved syrup to spice up homemade cocktails.

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Total time 50 minutes



In small saucepan, bring sugar and 1 cup water to boil, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Stir in  ai peppers. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain through fine-mesh sieve set over bowl; reserve liquid for another use.

Arrange Thai peppers in single layer on parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Roast in 200°F oven until dry, about 20 minutes. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.)

Makes about 1/4 cup.

Nutritional facts Per 1 tbsp: about

  • Sodium 1 mg
  • Sugars 6 g
  • Calories 22
  • Total fat 0 g
  • Potassium 24 mg
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat 0 g
  • Total carbohydrate 6 g


  • Iron 1
  • Vitamin A 1
  • Vitamin C 15
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