Make this easy 5 ingredient recipe for Crock-Pot Candy Cane Jelly and give it as gifts at the holidays to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers!
Slow Cooker Candy Cane Jelly
Who would have thought that you could make jelly from the good old fashioned candy canes!
This recipe for candy cane jelly is cooked in your slow cooker and then canned up in jars using the water bath canning method for long term food storage.
The mason jars of candy cane jelly are so pretty and would make for a fun and festive gift to give to friends, family and neighbors as Christmas gifts.
While this jelly is good on your morning toast like any good jelly is, However, I actually prefer to use this crockpot candy cane jelly either as a dip for pretzels (the chocolate covered pretzels are even more AMAZING).
And my husband likes to take a couple of big tablespoons and stir it into his vanilla or chocolate ice cream to add a lovely peppermint flavor.
This homemade candy cane jelly is unlike anything you have ever made before and I really hope you will give it a try this holiday season!
Equipment Needed For Crock-Pot Candy Cane Jelly Recipe:
- 6 Quart, 6.5 Quart Or 7 Quart Slow Cooker
- Cutting Board
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Liquid Measuring Cup
- Dry Measuring Cups
- Large Stockpot
- Pint Sized Canning Jars
- Water Bath Canning Set
Frequently Asked Questions
This recipe uses 1 (1.75 ounce) box of powdered pectin such as Sure Jel brand. Other brands of powdered (not liquid) pectin will work as well.
This recipe was canned in 1 pint jelly canning jars. But you could also use smaller half-pint jars.
Making your own apple juice in the slow cooker with fresh apples and water is a great way to use up fresh apples. However, if you would like to skip that step you can use 6 cups of store-bought apple juice instead.
This recipe for Crock-Pot Candy Cane Jelly is Weight Watchers Friendly on the new Personal Points plan. You can see the WW personal points for this recipe here on the Weight Watchers website. Click here for MORE of our Weight Watchers Recipes
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Crock-Pot Candy Cane Jelly Recipe
- Add apples and water to a 6 quart or larger slow cooker.
- Cover and cook until apples are mushy (about 6 to 7 hours on LOW).
- Line a colander with cheesecloth and place colander over a larger bowl and strain apple mixture. Gently squeezing the apple mixture to release as much juice as possible from the apples.
- Measure out 6 cups of the apple juice and add back into the slow cooker. Recover and cook for 1 hour on HIGH.
- Add unwrapped candy canes and sugar to the slow cooker and stir until candy canes are fully melted.
- Recover and cook for an additional 30 minutes on HIGH heat.
- Add Sur-Jell pectin and stir until dissolved.
- Transfer liquid to a large pan and cook on the stove-top on HIGH heat until mixture comes to a rolling boil.
- Test mixture on spoon to see if it gels.
- Ladle hot jelly into sterilized pint sized canning jars. Wipe rims of jars with a clean cloth and put lids and rings on jars. Screwing rings on until just finger tight.
- Process jars in a water bath canner for 5 minutes (increasing time if you are located above sea level).