You can tone down the spicy with some sweet, or carry the hotness into your desserts!

  • Spicy chocolate sauce, gooey marshmallows and fragrant spices on top of a crispy, crunchy chip are proof that nachos can stand in as dessert! Make your own chips for this recipe because you’ll want the ability to spice them up with our cinnamon mixture. YIELD...

  • Caramel corn on steroids! The almonds get candied in the caramel and add another depth of crunchiness. This is a perfect treat for your next game night. YIELD 8–10 servings ZEST FACTOR Mild PREP TIME 1–2 hours COOK TIME 40 minutes 1 stick butter 2...

  • Potato chips, pretzels and salted nuts are all classic bar snacks, and we’ve married them in this rich fudge—with a subtle kick to balance out the savory notes. YIELD 10 bars ZEST FACTOR Mild PREP TIME 2–4 hours COOK TIME 10 minutes 3½ cups dark...

  • Candy making can be tricky without a lot of practice, so a candy thermometer will be your best friend here. The good news: Even if the results don’t come out as expected the first time, they’ll still be tasty! YIELD 10–12 servings ZEST FACTOR Mild...

  • The bacon and bacon grease give these chocolate chip cookies an extra depth of smoky flavor. YIELD 2 dozen ZEST FACTOR none PREP TIME 1 hour COOK TIME 25 minutes 4 slices thick-cut bacon 1 cup flour ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt pinch...

  • This simple French dessert doesn’t need much to be divine. You could serve the pears with whipped cream or chocolate sauce— they’re even great sliced in a green salad. But whatever you do, plan ahead: This treat is best made overnight to develop intense flavor....

  • Bananas Foster, a popular dessert in NOLA, is transformed into a breakfast dish. We kept it traditional by using rum in the glaze, but feel free to swap in regular ole milk. YIELD 16 rolls ZEST FACTOR MILD PREP TIME 10 minutes COOK TIME 15...

  • These dark chocolate brownies are bumped up with a glossy glaze—and a kick of Irish cream liqueur! YIELD about 1 dozen ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME 30 minutes COOK TIME 30 minutes For the brownies: 1¼ sticks unsalted butter, melted ¾ cup dark cocoa powder...

  • These delicious fritters from South Africa are also sometimes served at breakfast, dusted with cinnamon sugar. We’re adding a hint of spice, of course. YIELD 6–8 servings               ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME 10 minutes        ...

  • Usually, these banana boats are given the s’mores treatment, but thanks to the King himself, bananas, jelly and peanut butter have become a classic combo. The sugary and savory heat coming from the jelly and peanut butter gets tempered by the banana’s natural sweetness.