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Happy Accidents {Recipe: Jelly Glazed Baby Carrots}

A traditional cocktail meatball glaze is introduced to cooked baby carrots in this recipe for Grimmway Farms Jelly Glazed Baby Carrots!

A traditional cocktail meatball glaze gets introduced to baby carrots in this Jelly Glazed Baby Carrot recipe from dineanddish.netYou all have tried those famous grape jelly and chili sauce glazed cocktail meatballs, right? They seem to be quite the popular appetizer, especially at parties this time of year. I honestly first couldn’t imagine they would be any good…I mean grape jelly and meatballs? Is that not the oddest combination ever? But then I had my first one, and now, every time I see these tasty little appetizers at parties I make a beeline and fill my plate! 

Earlier this month, on the same day I was working on developing some recipes for Grimmway Farms carrots, I was also making a batch of the famous grape jelly cocktail meatballs. What happened next was something I’d like to call a complete and total happy accident.Grimmway Farms Baby Carrot Facts

I had a batch of cooked carrots ready for what I had planned on being a pineapple glaze treatment when I took the spoon that I had used to stir the cocktail meatballs to dip in and grab a freshly cooked carrot to nibble. The spoon was covered in delicious jelly / chili sauce glaze and as I took a bite of the sweet and spicy carrot, I knew my next Grimmway Farms recipe was born. Happy happy accident, indeed!

Sweet and Spicy Jelly Glazed Carrots from dineanddish.netIf you are looking for a unique side dish recipe to serve at your holiday dinner, I’d love for you to try this Jelly Glazed Baby Carrots recipe. Enjoy!

Jelly Glazed Baby Carrots

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Jelly Glazed Baby Carrots

A traditional cocktail meatball glaze is introduced to cooked baby carrots in this recipe for Jelly Glazed Baby Carrots.


  • 1 pound Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots
  • 1 cup grape jelly
  • 1 cup chili sauce or spicy barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Place carrots in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Cook over medium high heat for approximately 8 minutes, or until carrots are tender. Drain the water and set carrots aside in a covered bowl.
  2. In the meantime, combine the grape jelly, chili sauce and cayenne pepper in the saucepan. Turn heat to medium low, and simmer sauce until it is smooth and well combined.
  3. Add cooked carrots to the sauce and stir until carrots are completely coated.
  4. Cook for approximately 5 minutes, or until glaze is thick. Serve hot.
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Grimmway Farms, who hired me to create a recipe using their product. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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  1. I love this sweet and spicy glaze for carrots! It honestly could not sound better!

  2. Sweet and spicy carrots – I love it!

  3. Absolutely GENIUS!!!!

  4. I would have never thought to glaze carrots with grape jelly, but it looks fantastic. Pinned.

  5. I always make this glaze for meatballs and love it…I would have never thought of putting it on carrots! This is definitely a happy accident that needs to happen to my face. Thanks for this idea!! Pinned

  6. The perfect happy accident!

  7. The grape jelly on meatballs (or carrots!) does seem strange. But I was anti-fish tacos for the longest times and that definitely changed!!


  8. Some of my favorite creations have been accidents. Love these :)

  9. GREAT idea!! Love this one, Kristen!

  10. Happy accidents are a good thing and so are these carrots!

  11. Mmmm- I will have to try these, my kids love glazed carrots and would die over jelly glaze!

  12. I had meatballs once that had grape jelly, ketchup, and jack daniels. They were pretty delicious, too. I think these carrots would curb the craving well :)

  13. Love this idea for spicy-sweet glazed carrots, Kristen! Thanks for sharing this creative recipe and happy accident with your readers. And… best wishes to you and yours for a meaningful and joyous Christmas holiday! xo

  14. Oh goodness these do look so tasty! I’d love to try this :)

  15. Perfect. I love carrots. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

  16. Those carrots look like they make good carrot cake

  17. Happy Holidays yall

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