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Candy Apple Jelly
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Candy Apple Jelly

This Candy Apple Jelly is a festive and delicious spread with a rosy pink color - perfect to gift at the holidays!
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword apple jam, apple jelly, Candy Apple, Cinnamon Apple
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting time: 1 day
Total Time 1 day 30 minutes
Servings 6 pints
Author Sheryl


  • Water Bath Canner
  • 6 half pint canning jars, lids and bands


  • 4 C apple juice
  • 1/2 C Red Hots candy
  • 1 pkg powdered fruit pectin 1 3/4 oz.
  • 4.5 C sugar see notes, far below


  • Wash the canning jars. Place the canning jars, lids and bands in the oven at 200 degrees F to sterilize while you are making the jam (it helps to have them all in an 13x9 dish to keep them all together). 
  • Fill the water bath canner with water on a separate stove burner to prepare the jelly for the water bath.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the apple juice, candy and pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring continuously.
  • Stir in sugar, and then return to a full, rolling boil for a period of one minute.
  • Remove from the heat, skim off the foam. Ladle the mixture into six, hot and sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe the rims.
  • Center the lids on the jars, screw on the bands until they are fingertip tight.
  • Place the jars into the hot water bath canner, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil and process for 10-12 minutes. Remove the jars and cool.
  • Jelly can take up to 24 hours to set.


  • DO NOT reduce the sugar in this recipe! The amount of sugar provided above is reflective of regular pectin. That pectin needs the appropriate amount of sugar for the jelly to set.
  • If you wish to reduce the sugar, please use low-sugar pectin (pink box of Sure-Jell) and follow the instructions on that box to allow for a proper set.

Higher Altitudes:

The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add one minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.