WGN, Spicy Peppers Make Mokena Chocolatier One of 'Chicago's Best'

The Sweet Company's chocolate-covered jalapeño and serrano peppers earned the Mokena candy shop a segment on WGN.

Want something sweet, silky and more than a bit spicy for Valentine's Day?

in Mokena has you covered with the chocolate-covered hot peppers that earned it a spot on WGN's Chicago's Best over the weekend.

The chocolate-dipped and peanut-butter-injected jalapeños and the chocolate-dipped serranos, available with or without peanut butter, are a new treat by owner Jeffrey Matson.

Matson created the treats on a whim, publicizing them through the store's website and its Facebook page. Word got back to WGN, which contacted the store.

"I guess we got lucky," Matson said.

Watch the WGN TV segment about the Sweet Company's chocolate-covered jalapeños.

Matson routinely tinkers with different candy oddities. Some—like the chocolate-covered bacon he created last month—earn a spot on the menu.

Matson said he still has to see if the peppers will be a big enough seller to become permanent. He's seeing brisk business, but a lot of that might be publicity from the show.

Michael Lange, a chef from Tinley Park, was one of the folks who saw the peppers on TV and had to try them.

"I couldn't wait," Lange said after buying a bag at The Sweet Company on Monday. "I'm a pepper-head. I love hot peppers. I've never had them chocolate-covered before, so I thought, 'What the heck?'"

Watch the attached video of Patch editors' reactions to the hyper-spicy treat.


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