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red hot candies + apple juice = candy apple jelly awesomeness

in my kitchen is an ENTIRE cabinet of empty jars. both the greek and alethea are constantly asking me why i have this dire need to save empty jars and lids. i don't really have legitimate answers, so i usually make this kinda scary creepy hand raised like im going to grab your soul movement, while also pivoting into a crouching position, and yell, "BECAUSE IM GREEN".

it usually takes them each a second to stop blinking, and then they shrug it off like.... --------> that $#@@* is N U T S.

but now i have the perfect reasoning to my madness. CANDY APPLE JELLY.

i came across this recipe in a magazine while in line waiting for my call to the register. i (almost) shrieked out loud with glee.


i love to cook, but am not a very avid baker, or.... jelly maker/jelliest/jelly person. i've never made it.

but how could you not read this recipe and WANT TO GO MAKE JELLY?

All you need apparently:

Prep: 10 min. Process: 5 min.


  • 4 cups apple juice
  • 1/2 cup red-hot candies
  • 1 package (1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
  • 4-1/2 cups sugar


  • 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 for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from the heat; skim off any foam and discard any undissolved candies. Carefully ladle hot mixture into hot sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles, wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 5 minutes in a boiling-water canner. Yield: about 6 half-pints.
 i can not wait for alethea to be home again, so we can fill my unused and heartfelt saved jars "with rosy pink lovely blush and spread cheer from breads to bagels and muffins"!!!

if you don't like candy apples, you might want to tell me now, because if i am able to figure out what a boiling water canner is, you are all getting a jar for christmas!

See the full recipe page here.


Eristotle said...

Can't wait!!!!!!! Boiler canner water might just be able to use tongs and a big pot of hot water. The idea, I believe, is to sterilize the jar and lid AND heat it up so when you close it and then it cools off, it seals all that candy-apple goodness (or whatever you're canning) in theres. In theory, anyway. the pic alone is worth makin it.

jim dandy said...

so does this mean you are making them with me?! :D

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