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October 25, 2022 5 min read

If you use the TikTok app (something that a few members of the Jones family seem to be outrightaddicted to, though I won’t name names), you may have been exposed to the hilarious "Corn Kid.” But corn isn’t just “a big lump with knobs” that “has the juice,” it’s also one of the most popular, versatile, and just plain delicious crops that can be planted and harvested in the fall.

While many other crops require the extra heat and sunlight that spring and summer provide, growing corn in the cooler autumn months actually helps cultivate a richer, sweeter flavor. That’s partially why it’s such an iconic ingredient for many of our favorite fall foods, including Thanksgiving dinner.

You can never go wrong with fresh, hot corn served with a little butter and salt. But if you’re looking for some more unique fall corn recipes to try, you’ve come to the right place. Nothing jazzes up this familiar favorite quite like a jar of Pepper Jelly! Order some today to try one of the tasty recipes below!

4 Deliciously Unique Pepper Jelly Corn Recipes

Corn is one of those rare foods that seems to pair well with almost any flavor. Its natural sweetness perfectly complements fruits like blueberries, lime, and pumpkin, while also adding depth to savory items like steak and pulled pork. Probably the best way to enhance the sweetness of corn, though, is with the spiciness of peppers.

Or, in this case, Pepper Jelly.

Here are four unique pepper jelly corn recipes that will bring some sweet heat to even the chilliest autumn day…

Pepper Jelly Corn Bread Cookies

An overflowing bowl of pepper jelly corn bread cookies

Snacktime is a lot more interesting with this unforgettable corn bread cookie recipe. For this dish, we’re going to be making our own cornmeal from dried kernels, but you can use store-bought cornmeal as well. Just don’t forget the Pepper Jelly!

Ingredients:

1 cup dried corn kernels (or 1/3 cup store-bought cornmeal)

1 cup flour

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup Grandma Jones’ Pomegranate Pepper Jelly

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg yolk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grind the dried corn kernels in a blender until they form a fine powder.
  3. Sieve the powder into a bowl and re-grind any remaining large pieces.
  4. Beat butter, brown sugar, and baking powder together until fully incorporated.
  5. Add the egg yolk and the vanilla. Mix until fully incorporated.
  6. Pour in 1/3 cup of cornmeal. Mix until fully incorporated.
  7. Add flour. Beat or mix until fully incorporated.
  8. Form small balls using the dough, about 3/4 inch in size.
  9. Place balls on an ungreased baking sheet, leaving at least 1 inch of space between them.
  10. Press your thumb into the center of each ball, then fill the centers with pepper jelly.
  11. Bake cookies in oven for about 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  12. Once finished baking, cool cookies for 1-5 minutes.
  13. Serve.

Pepper Jelly Mexican Street Corn

Elotes, more widely known as Mexican street corn, have exploded in popularity here in the US these last few years. The traditional version of the dish is made with chili powder, sour cream, and mayonnaise. If you really want to impress your taste buds, though, try it with Pepper Jelly instead.

Ingredients:

  • 4 whole ears of corn, husked
  • 1/2 cup Grandma Jones’ Jalapeno Pepper Jelly
  • 1/2 cup Cotija cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. When grill is ready, place ears of corn directly on the grating. 
  3. Cook corn cobs a few minutes on each side until kernels are browned.
  4. Remove corn cobs from heat with tongs.
  5. In a large bowl or pan, roll the corn in pepper jelly.
  6. Sprinkle with cheese and cilantro.
  7. Serve.

Pepper Jelly Caramel Popcorn

When people think about fall corn recipes, they don’t always think of caramel corn. Not only is it a tasty treat sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, but it’s also easier to make it home than you’d think. The extra-spicy burn of our Habanero Pepper Jelly works wonders when combined with sugary caramel.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons Grandma Jones’ Habanero Pepper Jelly

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. In a large dutch oven, mix the corn kernels and the olive oil.
  3. Cover the dutch oven and cook over medium-high heat. Carefully shake the pot occasionally.
  4. When corn stops popping, remove it from the heat. Separate any unpopped kernels.
  5. Melt butter in a medium saucepan, then stir in brown sugar until fully dissolved.
  6. Add the molasses, then bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes until it is a deep orangey brown color.
  7. Add salt and baking soda, stirring until baking soda is fully dissolved.
  8. Add pepper jelly and stir until fully incorporated.
  9. Pour caramel mixture over the popcorn in the dutch oven. Stir until popcorn is fully coated.
  10. Spread the fully coated popcorn out on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  11. Bake in oven for about 45 minutes, stopping to stir popcorn every 10-15 minutes.
  12. Once finished baking, cool popcorn for 10-15 minutes.
  13. Serve.

Pepper Jelly Fall Corn Chowder

A close-up of a bowl of homemade fall corn chowder made with pepper jelly

I don’t know about you, but here at the Jones family household, fall is synonymous with "soup time.” If you’re looking for a dish that will warm your bones and fill your stomach, then you’ll love this hearty fall corn chowder recipe with a sweet ‘n’ spicy Pepper Jelly kick!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups corn kernels (fresh, canned, or frozen)
  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • 2 cups potatoes, diced evenly
  • 2 cups carrots, diced evenly
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 2-3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup Grandma Jones’ Traditional Pepper Jelly
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Saute celery and onions in butter for 5 minutes, or until soft.
  3. Add sausage and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add flour and cook for 3 minutes, or until it forms a blonde roux.
  5. Slowly, incorporate broth and milk. Stir until blended.
  6. Add corn, potatoes, carrots, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  7. Cook for five minutes, stirring frequently.
  8. Cover and reduce to low heat. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are soft.
  9. Add pepper jelly, cream, garlic, and herbs. Simmer for another five minutes.
  10. Serve.

Spice Up Your Favorite Fall Corn Recipes with Pepper Jelly

From sweet treats to savory meals, corn and pepper jelly are two ingredients that can be used to create all kinds of delectable goodies. For more incredible fall corn recipes, make sure to follow this blog. To try your hand at making some of these dishes yourself, order your own jar of Pepper Jelly now.

Until next time, just like Corn Kid says, have a corntastic day!