Candy Apple Jelly Recipe
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Candy Apple Jelly Recipe

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With a hint of apple and cinnamon, this jelly spreads cheer from breads to bagels to muffins. Its rosy pink color looks lovely blushing through the food jars I save and decorate with fabric-covered lids. —Betsy Porter, Bismarck, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Process: 5 min.
MAKES:48 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Process: 5 min.
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 4 cups apple juice
  • 1/2 cup Red Hots candy
  • 1 package (1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
  • 4-1/2 cups sugar


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the apple juice, candies and pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar; return to a full rolling boil. Boil and stir 1 minute.
  2. Remove from heat; skim off foam. Ladle hot mixture into six hot sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  3. Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Yield: about 6 half-pints.
Editor's Note: The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.
Originally published as Candy Apple Jelly in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1998, p45

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Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015

"I used red hot jolly rancher candies. It worked out perfectly . I doubled the recipie but cut out 1 cup of sugar due to the sweetness of the candy. Excellent!!!!!"

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2015

"I loved the simplicity - no fruit to chop/peel etc. However, the first batch did not set up even with some extra pectin and more boiling. The second batch turned out ok, using twice as much pectin and longer boiling. I didn't taste any apple at all - only cinnamon - so next time I will use less of the Red Hots."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"I have made this for about 7 years now, since I found it on Taste of Home website. I have made it up for Christmas craft fairs and sold it, and also made it for Christmas presents. Everyone loves it. Since I love the flavor of the red hots so much, I at least double the amount of red hots, and sometimes have tripled it. Or I have put about a cup of red hots and added in about 8 to 10 of those round clear red cinnamon disk candies. So good! I have only had it not gel up just once. I think it was because my pectin was old. I also boil it for at least two minutes instead of one, after the sugar gets mixed in well and the jelly has returned to the rolling boil. It's a beautiful color, so pretty in a jelly jar!"

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2014

"I'M NO COOK! This recipe is YUM and EASY!! Honestly, it rare for the cooking challenged to do anything easy and yummy in the kitchen. But this works! My friend used apple cider in place of the apple juice and it worked great! Love the taste! A"

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2014

"Just made this. Doesn't get any easier!! Looks like it's setting up well! Taste like apple cider. Can't wait to taste it on a hot buttered biscuit!??

I used Martinelli's gold medal apple juice (100% pure. No additives)."

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