Red Apples

READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by Tona C.

This has been a family favorite for years and makes a colorful side dish on any holiday menu. Red Apples look pretty served in a cut-glass bowl. From the kitchen of Wanda Cupp Thornburg, Moberly MO.

Top Review by therubbishbin

Thank you so much for posting this. My "Nana" used to make what we called "Red Hot Pears" when I was little. Unfortunately, the recipe was lost with her. I was so sad I couldn't find a recipe for pears, but then I came across this, and it worked perfectly. We like these warm too. Also great with vanilla ice cream. Yummy...and very nostalgic for me!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 12 cup water
  • 13 cup red cinnamon candies (red hots)
  • 5 medium red apples, pared and sliced into six pieces


  1. Bring the first three indgredients to a rapid boil in a large saucepan or dutch oven. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent boiling over, sticking, and to help melt the candies.
  2. Reduce to a medium heat and place the apples (peeled side down) into the hot syrup. Cook until done or about 15 minutes. They will fork tender -- don't overcook or you will have red applesauce! Cool and serve. We think they are best chilled overnight.

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