Candy Cane Chocolate Cherry peppers, which were developed by PanAmerican Seed, have a sweet flavor suited for fresh and cooked preparations. The leaves of a single plant can vary in appearance as some can be full green, full white, or have both green and white speckles and stripes. When the pepper is young, it is a solid green color with creamy stripes, and milder in flavor. As it matures, the Candy Cane Chocolate Cherry turns a cherry and chocolate color when it is completely ripe.
Candy Cane Chocolate Cherry peppers are showcased for their unique striped skin, but the peppers are quite versatile as they can be halved and filled with soft cheeses or sliced and tossed into salads. In addition to fresh preparations, Candy Cane Chocolate cherry peppers can be pan-fried, spread on ricotta-topped tarts, or mixed into stir-fries. Beyond fresh or cooked recipes, Candy Cane Chocolate cherry peppers can be pickled as a tangy condiment or roasted and preserved in oil for extended storage.
The Candy Cane Chocolate Cherry peppers are estimated to have the same heat level as Bell pepper varieties, which average 0 to 100 Scoville Heat Units.