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May 11, 2023 3 min read


Introducing children to new flavors and textures is an important part of their culinary education. Pepper jelly, with its unique blend of sweet and spicy flavors, can be a great way to help kids develop a taste for heat while still appealing to their sweet tooth. In this comprehensive blog article, we'll explore kid-friendly pepper jelly recipes, tips for adjusting heat levels, and creative ways to incorporate this delightful condiment into family meals.

The Jones Kids - Grandchildren of Grandma Jones

The Jones Kids (Lauren, Jackson, and Kris Jones Jr.) - Grandchildren of Grandma Jones. Yep - that's their grandma on the pepper jelly jar!

I. Kid-Friendly Pepper Jelly Recipes

A. Mild pepper jelly options

  1. Choose a pepper jelly with a low heat level to introduce children to the flavors without overwhelming their taste buds.
  2. Look for products made with mild peppers, such as bell peppers or banana peppers, or consider making your own homemade mild pepper jelly.

"Mild" Pepper Jelly - On the sweeter than the spicy side. Kids love it!

B. Tasty recipes for children

  1. Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese Pinwheels: Spread a thin layer of mild pepper jelly on a tortilla, add a layer of cream cheese, and roll it up. Slice into bite-sized pinwheels for a kid-friendly snack.
  2. Sweet and Spicy PB&J: Swap out traditional jelly for a mild pepper jelly to add a fun twist to a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
  3. Pepper Jelly-Glazed Chicken Nuggets: Make homemade chicken nuggets and brush them with a mild pepper jelly glaze before baking for a sweet and slightly spicy treat.

II. Tips for Adjusting Heat Levels in Pepper Jelly

A. Diluting pepper jelly

  1. If you're concerned that your pepper jelly might be too spicy for your child's palate, try diluting it with a milder jelly or fruit preserve.
  2. Combine the pepper jelly with a favorite fruit jam or apple jelly to create a more subtle, kid-friendly flavor profile.

B. Introducing heat gradually

  1. Start with a small amount of pepper jelly and gradually increase the quantity as your child becomes more accustomed to the flavors and heat.
  2. Encourage your child to try the pepper jelly in various dishes and applications to help them develop a well-rounded appreciation for the condiment.
Lauren Jones in front of the "Grandma Jones' Originals Cookbook"
Lauren Jones in front of the "Grandma Jones' Originals Cookbook"
TIP: Kids love to cook with pepper jelly!

III. Creative Ways to Incorporate Pepper Jelly into Family Meals

A. Versatile condiment

  1. Use mild pepper jelly as a dipping sauce for vegetables or grilled meats to add a touch of sweetness and spice to everyday meals.
  2. Stir a spoonful of pepper jelly into plain yogurt or cottage cheese for a unique and kid-friendly snack or breakfast option.

Pepper Jelly Wing Sauce

Kids love chicken wings and bites! Incorporate pepper jelly into your favorite wing sauce or use it as a side dipping sauce for chicken

B. Cooking with pepper jelly

  1. Experiment with using pepper jelly in your cooking, such as adding it to marinades, sauces, or salad dressings for a hint of sweet heat.
  2. Involve your child in the cooking process, allowing them to help add the pepper jelly to recipes and taste test the results.

Robyn Jones loves to cook with pepper jelly

Robyn Jones loves to cook with pepper jelly! Here she is preparing a cheese and cracker tray to carry on the extraordinary traditional started by Grandma Jones many decades ago.


Introducing children to the unique flavors and heat of pepper jelly can be an enjoyable and educational culinary experience. By choosing mild pepper jelly options, adjusting heat levels to suit your child's tastes, and incorporating this versatile condiment into family meals, you can help your child develop a lifelong appreciation for the delightful combination of sweet and spicy flavors. So why not start today and let the sweet heat of pepper jelly inspire a new generation of food enthusiasts?