Monday, June 4, 2007

Candy Apple Jelly

This is one of the easiest jellies to make—even for a beginner. It comes out a nice, clear red color and tastes very cinnamon-y! The last time I made it I used 4 ounce jars and it made 17. They are great for gifts at Christmas with a little square of green fabric on the lid under the band. They're great to have on hand for a "just because gift" tied with a ribbon around the top.

Candy Apple Jelly

4 cups apple juice
½ cup red hot candies
1 (1 ¾ ounce) package fruit pectin
4 ½ cups sugar

Combine juice, candy, and pectin in a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly.
Stir in the sugar and return to a full boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Skim off foam and any unmelted candy.

Pour into hot jars leaving ¼ inch headspace. Add lids. Process in a boiling water bath for five minutes.

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