Have you ever imagine tasting the sweet candy but also the spicy one? You may start to make it by yourself this creative way to make desserts. Just as salt can enhance almost any dessert, adding a little heat to your sweets can intensify the flavor and make your candies taste more complex and interesting. Desserts are not always about sweet taste, but you can add another taste to make it different. Just make it spicy!
01. Spicy Chocolate Bark
Spicy chocolate bark is one of my favorite ways to introduce friends to the pleasures of spicy candies. It’s made with sweet milk chocolate, candied pecans, and a pinch of cayenne, so there’s plenty of sugar to smooth out the edges of the spice. Sensitive to spice? Omit it entirely and add cinnamon or ginger instead! Love to heat things up? Double the cayenne and feel the burn!
02. Aztec Truffle
The ancient Aztecs loved to prepare their chocolate by grinding it into a thick paste and adding cinnamon and red pepper, which sounds just about perfect. This recipe takes that combination and adds a bit of orange zest as well. The end result is these Aztec truffles. They’re fruity and flavorful, with just the right amount of heat.
03. Sweet and Spicy Candied Pecans
These sweet and spicy candied pecans are amazingly versatile: eat them plain, chop them up and put them on top of cakes or cupcakes, or use them in savory dishes like salads and rice pilaf. They’re tangy and sweet, with a little kick from the cayenne. You won’t be able to resist them!
04. Mexican Chocolate Fudge
Mexican chocolate fudge features cinnamon and a hint of spice in smooth chocolate fudge, topped by crushed Mexican chocolate. If you’re not familiar with Mexican chocolate, it’s sold in blocks and has an unusual grainy texture that adds a wonderful crunch to this easy fudge.
05. Chocolate-Dipped Mango
Flavorful dried mango is coated in bittersweet chocolate and dusted with spicy cayenne in this simple, delicious candy. The combination of sweet and chewy fruit, rich chocolate, and a touch of heat is fabulous.
06. Cinnamon Truffles
After trying these cinnamon truffles, you’ll never want to eat regular truffles again! All it takes is a few cinnamon sticks infused in the cream to give these rich chocolate truffles a deep cinnamon flavor. As an alternative to rolling them in cocoa, you could try dipping them in chocolate and topping them with a Red Hot or other cinnamon candy.
07. Spicy Peanut Brittle
Spice up your regular peanut brittle by trying this recipe instead! Spicy peanut brittle improves upon the candy classic by adding a modern element–smoky, spicy chipotle chili powder. The resulting candy is crunchy, nutty, sweet, spicy, and incredibly addicting.
This doesn’t mean you have to dump a whole bottle of cayenne powder in your fudge–just a pinch of spice here or there can mean the difference between bland and grand!