About a year and a half ago, I started experimenting with canning my own jams and jellies. I discovered that it’s not only pretty easy, but it also produces products with much more flavor than store bought. One of my favorite recipes that I’ve tried so far is this Candy Apple Jelly Recipe. It’s not only ridiculously easy, but it comes out beautifully, with a bright pinkish red color that almost glows. And it has a unique, sweetly cinnamon flavor. I gave it out for Christmas last year, and everyone loved it! So, if you’re looking for a fun homemade Christmas gift, or need a hostess gift for a holiday party, try making a batch of this jelly.
Candy Apple Jelly
4 cups Apple Juice (I like to use the Simply Apple pure pressed apple juice from the Simply Orange line of juices for a fresher, more full bodied flavor.)
1/2 cup Red Hot cinnamon candies (you can find these in the baking isle next to the sprinkles)
1 (1.75 oz) package of powdered fruit pectin (I prefer Sure-Jell)
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp butter
Place a ceramic plate in the freezer before beginning for use in testing the set of the jelly.
In a large pot, combine apple juice, red hot candies, and pectin. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar and butter and return to a rolling boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Test to see if the jelly is set by placing a small spoonful on the frozen plate, let cool for a moment, and then drag your finger through it. If the jelly remains separated, it is finished. If it runs back together, cook for several more minutes and repeat test until jelly is set.
Remove the pot from the heat. Ladel hot liquid into hot, sterile jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace at the top. DO NOT pour hot jelly into cold jars as the jars will crack. Carefully, place the lids and rings on the jars. Process each jar for 5 minutes in a boiling-water bath. For full, step by step picture instructions on the complete canning process, check out my tutorial here: Canning Homemade Jams, Jellies, Preserves, and More.
*Recipe adapted from Candy Apple Jelly on Allrecipes.com.
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