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June 06, 2022 3 min read

Did you know that Grandma Jones’ Pepper Jelly is best friends with cream cheese? It’s true! These two mouth-watering food items have a long history together, going back to when Grandma Jones herself would entertain holiday guests with appetizer platters covered with crackers, cream cheese, and multiple jars of her delicious homemade pepper jelly.

No Jones family get-together was ever complete without the delightfully decadent combination of pepper jelly and cream cheese. There’s something magical about the mix of tastes and textures: the richness of cream cheese, the gooey goodness of jelly, the spicy sizzle of fresh peppers.

Over the years, we’ve found that spreading cream cheese and pepper jelly on crackers is just the tip of the iceberg So, what are the best thing to eat with cream cheese and pepper jelly other than salty, crispy crackers? Here are a few Jones family favorites…

The Best Things to Eat with Cream Cheese & Pepper Jelly

Bagel & Smoked Salmon

Obviously, one of the first things people think of when they think of cream cheese is a nice, chewy, toasted bagel. Originally a staple of Jewish cuisine known as “lox and schmear,” this tasty treat has since gone on to find a wide audience of famished foodies.

This is thanks in no small part to the smoked salmon’s velvety texture and buttery taste complements the soft, mild tang of cream cheese. Though often paired with tomato, cucumber, and capers, we’ve found that a light dollop of our Traditional Pepper Jelly really brightens up this delectable dish.

Homemade Cheesecake

A slice of homemade cheesecake topped with jelly

Cheesecake is one of the most beloved dessert options for any occasion, but have you ever tried making it yourself? It’s not as hard as you might think. All you need is some cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, vanilla extract, and eggs for the inside, and a store-bought graham cracker for the outside.

If you really want to take your homemade cheesecake to the next level, though, then it’s all about what extra flavorings you incorporate into the mix. Fresh fruit is a common addition, but we think a layer of Pomegranate Pepper Jelly spooned on top can’t be beat. It has all the tart sweetness a good cheesecake needs, with just a hint of heat to make things interesting.

Pinwheel Sammie Wraps

Pinwheel sammie wraps basically involve taking your favorite sandwich and rolling them up in a thin wheat tortilla. Then you just slice each wrap into several disc-shaped spirals and, voila, you have a colorful, eye-catching finger food that packs a lot of taste into a little space. The only problem is that they fall apart easily, especially if you haven’t rolled them tight enough,.

That’s where cream cheese comes in. A mix of cream cheese, shredded cheese, and any other ingredients you want to include acts as an effective “glue” to keep your sammies together. Here at the Jones household, we’re especially fond of pinwheels stuffed with a mixture of pulled pork, cream cheese, and our own BBQ sauce made with Southwestern Chipotle Pepper Jelly.

Sweet & Savory Crepes

Here’s a dish that’s great for any meal, from breakfast to lunch to dinner to dessert. Crepes are made by frying two eggs in a pan with flour and milk until you have a fluffy, flaky, lightweight dish that’s kind of like a mix between an omelet and a tortilla.

The great thing about crepes is how versatile they are based on what you fill them with. You can go sweet, with some whipped cream and berries, or savory, with meat and mushrooms. Or you can combine sweet and savory together with spicy by stuffing your crepe with Habanero Pepper Jelly. Trust us, your taste buds will thank you later.

Cream Cheese and Pepper Jelly: A Winning Team!

The recipes above are just a handful of the great ways to enjoy cream cheese and pepper jelly together. Pick up a jar of Grandma Jones’ Pepper Jelly today and start experimenting with different flavor combinations. With these two taste sensations working together, you can’t go wrong!