Jalapeño popper

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Jalapeño popper
Course Hors d'oeuvre
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients Jalapeño peppers, cheese, spices, breading, sometimes ground meat
Cookbook: Jalapeño popper  Media: Jalapeño popper

Jalapeño poppers, or jalapeño bites, are jalapeño peppers that have been hollowed out, stuffed with a mixture of cheese, spices, and sometimes ground meat, breaded and deep fried. Sometimes called an armadillo egg, especially if wrapped in bacon, a term in use since at least 1972 in Texas, antedating the trademark on "Jalapeno Poppers". [1] As chile relleno can be made with jalapeño, the jalapeño popper is probably a Tex-Mex version of that dish.[2] The name Armadillo Eggs likely comes from the perceived similarity to Scotch Eggs.[1]

Primarily when smoked or grilled and stuffed with sausage they are also sometimes known as A.B.T or Atomic Buffalo Turd's.[3][4][1]

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut holds the Major League Eating record for jalapeño poppers, eating 118 in 10 minutes at the University of Arizona on 8 April 2006. [5]


On April 30, 1992, Anchor Food Products applied for and later received a trademark on "Jalapeño Poppers";[6] however, the word "Poppers" had been trademarked in 1983 by the Poppers Supply Company of Portland, Oregon, for use with popcorn.[7] On September 27, 1993, the Poppers Supply Company successfully applied for a trademark on "Poppers" when used for "coated and breaded vegetable pieces", which they held until the trademark was transferred to Anchor Food Products on September 12, 2001.[8]

On September 25, 2001, H.J. Heinz announced that it had completed the acquisition of the Poppers brand; however, a third party, McCain Foods, acquired Anchor's production facilities.[9]

Leon's Texas Cuisine launched a line of cheese-stuffed, breaded, fried jalapeño product in 1985 called Jalitos; the company claims it is the original such product that was nationally distributed. [10][11]

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  1. ^ a b c "Armadillo Eggs Recipe". Homesick Texan. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Texas Jalapeno Poppers". Mommy's Kitchen. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Knoth, Tom. "Atomic Buffalo Turds". Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Atomic Buffalo Turds". BBQ Addicts. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Records". Major League Eating. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  6. ^ U.S. Trademark 74,270,714 on "Jalapeno n used for "processed vegetables"
  7. ^ U.S. Trademark 73,410,059 on "Poppers" when used for "Flavored and Unflavored Processed Popped Popcorn"
  8. ^ U.S. Trademark 74,440,781 on "Poppers" when used for "coated and breaded vegetable pieces"
  9. ^ Anonymous (September 25, 2001). "Heinz Acquires Poppers Brand and Licensing Rights to T.G.I. Friday's Brand of Retail Snacks and Appetizers". FindArticles (Pittsburgh). Business Wire. Retrieved 2009-01-27. H.J. Heinz Company today announced that it has completed a transaction with Anchor Food Products Inc. to acquire Anchor's Poppers(R) retail frozen appetizers business … As stated previously, a third party, McCain Foods Limited, had agreed to acquire Anchor's production facilities 
  10. ^ "The Story of Leon's". Texas Cuisine. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Jalitos". Texas Cuisine. Retrieved 19 August 2015.