Pickled jalapeños might bring back your memories of late night movies or baseball stadiums… a briny afterthought lazily sprinkled on tortilla chips and plasticky cheese sauce. Put those sad jalapeños in the past, and wrangle in these “cowboy candies,” as the jar calls them. These peppers definitely hit you with a wave of heat, but that heat quickly moves on to a lingering sweetness, courtesy of a good helping of organic cane sugar. But unlike some sweet pickles, they aren’t cloying. Apple cider vinegar and bright lime juice clean up your palate, leaving you ready for another.
Pernicious... the word usually denotes something that subtly sneaks up on you. Well, just like the heat from these peppers, Costa Mesa-based Pernicious Pickling Co. took a gradual hold of our taste buds. And it’s not letting go. With an ocean-bridging love of Southern flavors and European spice blends, they bring something completely unique, and addicting, to the table.
Tip of the Tongue:
Think outside the chip. Stir into a mango and tomato salsa. Garnish fried plantains and avocado. You might even stir in a helping of the brine into your summer lemonade for a rodeo take on the switchel. Yeehaw!
Jalapeños, Organic Sugar, Apple Cider Vinegar, Lime Juice, Cayenne