Canned Candy Apple Recipe

This is an oldie but goodie that is fun to cook up and give as gift during the holiday season.  In this post I share the Canned Candy Apple Recipe my sister in-law introduced me to many years ago.  Today, I enjoy this recipe even more using apples we grow in our home garden.

Canned Candy Apple Recipe

Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium


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  • 8-10 large apples (peel, core and ring)

  • 1 cup of Red Hot Candies

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar 

  • 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice

  • cinnamon sticks


  • Using an apple core, peeler and spiral making tool prepare fresh fruit

  • Bring 2 quarts of water to boil before adding sugar and red hots.  Stir until dissolved.

  • Before adding to packed wide mouth canning jar with apples add the apple cider vinegar and lemon juice

  • Prepare wide mouth canning jars.  Use processing directions for canning like in the Ball Canning Manual

  • Put apple rings in the wide mouth canning jar filling to about 1/2 inch from top

  • Carefully pour the Red Hot liquid mix into each canning jar over the apples.  Be sure the liquid fills the canning jar to proper level for canning.  This is usually about 1/2 inch from top of jar.  Stick a cinnamon stick in the middle of each apple center

  • Use hot bath method of canning for this recipe if desired.  You can also make these up and refrigerate.  Once open the Canned Candy Apples should be refrigerated for no more then 1 week.  ENJOY ICE COLD!

  • This recipe does not have to be canned but most be refrigerated and stored for only 1-2 weeks

In The Kitchen

Below is a collection of images I took while putting this recipe together.  I hope it demonstrates just how easy this recipe can be.

Apples From My Home Garden

Winesap Apple Tree
It's such a beautiful tree!

First off I want to note that this was the second harvest my husband and I have enjoyed off this tree.  In this recipe I am using the ‘Winesap’ Apple harvest from this year.  This has got to be one of the best apples I have ever had not to mention grown.  On most occasions I would note that you can get apples from local farmers markets but this particular variety is one most any home owner can grow.  All you need is some sunshine and a space that fits this 12′ by 10′ tree.

This is the dwarf winesap apple tree

Winesap Apple Tree Review

In this post I share the Winesap Apple Tree growing in my home garden.  This content is during the spring season after 4 winters growth.  Check out images and my personal review of the tree so far!

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Let’s Connect

In conclusion of this recipe share I want to invite you to comment on this post.  Be sure to let me know if you used this recipe and what you thought of it.

Happy Canning,

Bren Haas

2 Responses

  1. Hello! How long should I let the apples stay canned before opening for the best taste? Thank you for your recipe!
    Sincerely, Phyllis

    1. Hey Phyllis,
      I opened a jar of mine about a week after processing and it was amazing!!!! Be sure to stop back and let me know how you liked the flavor. I might make some more up this week using apples from local market.
      Happy Autumn, Bren

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