Remember the retro candy you ate as a kid that turned your teeth pink – Cinnamon Red Hots? When I was a young bride just learning to do canning in the early 80’s, my neighbor invited me over for a day of canning. I was amazed and impressed when she set out last season’s canned pears on her counter – they were PINK! We lived in Hood River, Oregon, where pear orchards blossomed on every hill – and pears were free for the gleaning to all us locals. She had been adding the candies to jars before adding pears or apples and hot simple syrup, turning them spicy and cinnamony – and a beautiful ruby color!
These little spicy/sweet red gems add a flavor punch to pears not like anything you’ve ever tasted. I swooned the first time I had a bite. They are divine ~ pears with a flavorful burst and zing in your mouth.
So, when my neighbor brought me a bag of pears a few days ago, I had no choice. I had to make these. They did the trick – they transported me back to the early 80’s and the Hood River Valley.
All you do is follow your favorite pear or apple canning recipe – or follow mine below, and add cinnamon red hots to the bottom of the jars before filling with fruit and syrup. I promise come mid-February, you will be grateful for a pear flavor burst in your mouth.
CINNAMON RED HOT CANDY PEARS
Makes 7 pints
3 1/2 cups sugar
5 cups water
Cinnamon red hot candies
8 large pears (I like bartlett for canning)
Bring the sugar and water to a boil and turn down heat, leaving simmering on the stove top.
Peel and core pears. Slice into eight wedges. In 7 wide mouth pint jars, add cinnamon red hot candies – use according to your liking. I use about 12 candies per jar.
Pack jars completely full with pear wedges, leaving 1/2 inch at top of jars empty. Fill jars with simple syrup.
Place jars in a hot water bath. Bring to a boil. Start timing and boil for 20 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Remove jars and sit on counter. Make sure each jar has sealed. If there is no seal, keep unsealed jars in fridge for up to two weeks before using.
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