Sugar & Spice Jalapeño Poppers


Get ready for a flavor explosion with our Sugar & Spice Jalapeño Poppers! These bite-sized delights blend the fiery heat of jalapeños with a sweet and savory filling, creating a tantalizing contrast that's impossible to resist. Perfect for parties, game nights, or as a fun appetizer, these poppers are a surefire way to spice up any occasion!

Sugar & Spice Jalapeño Poppers

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6 (2 poppers per serving)
  • Serving Size: 2 poppers

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 150 kcal
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Sodium: 250 mg
  • Sugar: 5 g


  • 12 jalapeño peppers, halved and seeded


  • 200 g (0.44 lbs or 7 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 50 g (0.11 lbs or 1.76 oz) cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika


  • 100 g (0.22 lbs or 3.5 oz) panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp melted butter

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F).
  2. Prepare Filling: Mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese, honey, and smoked paprika in a bowl.
  3. Stuff Peppers: Fill each jalapeño half with the cheese mixture.
  4. Prepare Topping: Combine panko breadcrumbs with melted butter. Sprinkle over the stuffed jalapeños.
  5. Bake: Place the poppers on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are golden and crispy.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Balanced Heat: Remove all seeds and white membranes for less heat.
  • Even Coating: Press the breadcrumb topping gently onto the cheese to ensure it adheres well.
  • Serving Idea: Serve with a sweet and tangy dipping sauce like raspberry vinaigrette for added flavor contrast.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make these poppers ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare and stuff the jalapeños a day ahead and bake them when ready to serve.

Can I use a different type of cheese?

Absolutely. Feel free to experiment with Monterey Jack, pepper jack, or even goat cheese for different flavors.

Can these be made gluten-free?

Yes, use gluten-free breadcrumbs for the topping.