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Candy Apple Jelly Recipe

Candy Apple Jelly Recipe

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. YIELD: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.

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Edncherri User ID: 8625282 237642
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!!!!!"

Feen User ID: 1925557 219863
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."

judybird2 User ID: 2597171 218594
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!"

ToriTide User ID: 8137727 213890
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"

L.Ellis User ID: 5857782 49195
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)."

shana1207 User ID: 7486205 52513
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2013

"Do you use unsweetened apple juice?"

angela32 User ID: 3084463 25130
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"Made this, LOVED this!!!"

Val634 User ID: 3816447 52497
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2013

"This was my first attempt at making jelly & this is the greatest jelly ever! My family loves it. It has a flavor all of it's own. Not too spicy or sweet. Making jelly couldn't get any easier & looks so pretty in the jars. This is a great gift if you want to cheer someone up. This is a keeper."

sugarcrystal User ID: 5836839 203003
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2013

"This jelly is fantastic & also makes great gifts. Try spreading it over ham before baking!"

terijo1201 User ID: 6798450 69986
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"love this jelly, i'm adding more red hots next time !"

kbergren User ID: 6627751 62296
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2012

"Taste, color and ease of preparation all great."

DonnaK40 User ID: 3366675 85540
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"My 5 year old loves this jelly! It is very easy to make and tastes wonderful!!"

ddurkee User ID: 3117820 203002
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"I made my with apple cider. It did not set up the first time, but I remade the jelly and it did. The Jelly has a wonderful taste. You can really taste the apple by using apple cider. It taste and smells like a candy apple from the fair."

Cyndy Rogers User ID: 1264478 25123
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2009

"Absolutely the prettiest and tastiest jelly ever. "Dressed up," this homemade goodie is perfect for your friends and family on your gift-giving list. Try tying an old-fashioned spoon on the jar with red-and-white checked gingham - splendid!"

momma2many User ID: 899090 23999
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2009

"Thank you for this recipe. I had one siomiler to this and lost it years ago, my kids will love it!"

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