Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

This recipe is really spicy and sweet!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare home canning jars and lids according to manufacture's instructions.
  2. Jars must be covered with water and boiled 10 minutes to sterilize.
  3. Combine apple juice, lemon juice, red hots, water, food coloring, mace and pectin.
  4. Tie cloves and cinnamon stick in a spice bag.
  5. Add spice bag to juice mixture.
  6. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.
  7. Add sugar, stirring to dissolve.
  8. Bring to a rolling boil.
  9. Boil hard for 2 minutes.
  10. Remove from heat and skin foam, if necessary.
  11. Carefully ladle hot jelly into hot jars, leaving 1/4" head space.
  12. Wipe jar rim clean.
  13. Place lid on jar with sealing compound next to glass.
  14. Screw band down evenly and firmly.
  15. Do not use excessive force.
  16. Process jelly 5 minutes in a boiling water canner.


Most Helpful

A well-written recipe for a delicious jelly. This recipe is easy enough for relatively inexperienced canners since it details every step clearly. I did not have mace, so I put 8 allspice berries in the spice bag. It was sweet and spicy, but I may try a few more cloves next time for an even spicier taste. This recipe makes a gorgeous red jelly that would be ideal for a holiday housewarming or other gift occasion, or just to enjoy!

Jxenja August 17, 2003

This was absolutely, positively fantastic! Made this to give as Christmas presents. I was given a large bag of Mac apples that I juiced to make and boy did this smell good cooking. Jelled perfectly.. tasted FANTASTIC. Will be making every year!

CareyLee December 12, 2013

Delicious!!! This recipe has been a big hit within my circle of friends, and even though I'm not an experienced canner or jelly maker, the instructions are easy to follow. My hint is, instead of tying the cloves and cinnamon into a discardable spice bag, I used a large reusable tea ball. I also chose not to include the mace or the food coloring.

growlieswife February 09, 2009

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