Candy Apple Jelly | Small Batch Canning

This post contains links to affiliate websites, such as Amazon, and we receive an affiliate commission for any purchases made by you using these links. We appreciate your support!

candy apple jelly on toast

Homemade Candy Apple Jelly

Candy Apple Jelly is very easy to make.  You just need 4 ingredients and you are on your way to delicious jelly.  A unique way to enjoy cinnamon toast with a hint of apple.

unsweetened apple juice

What is Apple Jelly Made Of?

It’s made from unsweetened apple juice.  And the candy part is made from cinnamon red hots that melt into a delicious mix making the jelly.

mix and combine apple juice with pectin

What Kind of Apple Juice is Used to Make Jelly?

You need to use unsweetened juice to make jelly.  This allows you to know exactly how much sugar is in your jelly.

liquid apple juice and pectin

Follow the Instructions

The instructions are not the same as most jams and jellies I have made.  You mix the the pectin into the apple juice prior to putting it in the jam and jelly maker.

combine apple juice and red hot candies

What Turns the Apple Jelly Into Candy Apple Jelly?

Red hot candies make the jelly candy apple jelly. It gives it a sweet and strong cinnamon taste.

add sugar to undissolved candies and apple juice

What Kind of Apple Juice is Used?

You need to use unsweetened apple juice to make candy apple jelly. This ensures that your recipe has the correct amount of sugar in the recipe.

the hot liquid stirring constantly to turn candy into jelly

Use a funnel to pour the jelly into the jars.  We used small jars to gift the jelly.

pouring candy apple jelly

Leave 1/4 inch headspace from the top.  Headspace is the distance between the top of the jar and the seal.

filling jars

How Do You Get Jelly To Set?

After the jelly has processed, you will want to water bath the jelly.  Bring the water to a boil and have it boil for 10 minutes.  Once the 10 minutes is up, turn off the heat and allow the jelly to sit in the water bath for 5 minutes.

Remove the jelly from the water and cover with a towel to allow it to cool slowly.

water bath canning


candy apple jelly
Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Candy Apple Jelly Recipe

With just 4 ingredients you can make candy apple jelly. We make a small batch that gives us 4 half pints. Perfect to enjoy and share.
Course: Canning
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 half pints
Author: Regina Sober


  • 2 3/4` cups unsweetened apple juice
  • 4 Tablespoons pectin
  • 1/3 cup cinnamon red hots
  • 3 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter


  • In a large bowl mix the apple juice and pectin together and blend.
  • Pour into the jam and jelly maker and add the red hot candies.
  • Add the butter (this helps prevent it from foaming.
  • Start the jam and jelly maker on jelly mode, 25 minutes.
  • Measure out your sugar and gather the jars.
  • When the jam and jelly maker beeps, add the sugar and place the cover on the maker.
  • Get the seals, bands, funnel and a clean wet towel and a couple cloth towels as well.
  • When the jam and jelly maker beeps after processing, remove the paddle with an oven mitt and begin filling the sanitized jars.
  • Leave 1/4" headspace on the jars.
  • Wipe the rim of the jars with the clean wet towel and then place the seal and band on the jar, hand tightening.
  • Fill your water bath canner with hot water and make sure it is similar temperature of the jars.
  • Place the sealed jars into the water bath canner and bring the water to a boil.
  • Let the jars stay in the water for 10 minutes and turn off the heat.
  • Allow the jars to sit for 5 minutes before removing.
  • Place the jars on a towel and cover with a towel to allow cooling to happen slowly.
  • Check the jars to make sure they are sealed.
  • Date and label the jars.


YouTube video

With just 4 ingredients you can make candy apple jelly. We make a small batch that gives us 4 half pints. Perfect to enjoy and share.

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.