Our Story


Nolan is a model of success and determination in his endeavors to advance in his career to become one hot pepper jelly-making genius! Nolan has Down Syndrome; but with the help of his community, family and faith Nolan is being given opportunities to achieve his potential through education, dedication, encouragement and support. Today, Nolan is realizing his dream to be a culinary artist with a business. He is finding that success is truly within his reach.

Nolan is the creator of TEXAS SWEET HEAT JAM COMPANY! A hot market innovation comprised of his own homegrown peppers and a twist of fine-tuned culinary expertise. His hot pepper jelly is a result of years of practice and parental attention paid to his talent and special interest in gardening and cooking. Today he sells his unique recipe jelly at many HEB locations, community events, online and through his Facebook network to become recognized as a very special businessman. In 2014 he was a finalist in the HEB Quest for Texas Best.  Everyone wants to try Texas Sweet Heat Jams, and this makes him the epitome of success in the competitive jelly-making industry. He and his team make over 13 different flavors and even started creating a signature, Mustard! This team just loves being in a jam!

The Jam With Attitude

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  • Austin360 Newspaper Article by Addie Broyles

    Texas Sweet Heat Jam Company simmers up opportunity for young adults with disabilities.

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  • CW39 Houston

    Sweet Heat is the name of this jam that offers you a sweet bite with a kick of spice in every handcrafted jar.

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  • CHRON.com

    Nolan Stilwell has jam to make and nothing will stop him.

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