Easy applesauce recipe that uses the spicy cinnamon flavor of Red Hots®. The color is fun too! Your family will love it. Depending on the sweetness of the apples, consider adding less sugar or none at all. Enjoy right away or freeze for up to 6 months.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine apples and water in a large pot over medium heat; bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Stir cinnamon candies and sugar into the apples and water; return mixture to a simmer and cook until the candies melt, about 15 minutes. Remove pot from heat and set aside until the mixture cools, about 15 minutes.

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  • Mash apples with a potato masher until no large chunks remain. Alternately, you can blend the mixture with an immersion blender to get a smoother applesauce.

Nutrition Facts

123 calories; protein 0.4g 1% DV; carbohydrates 32g 10% DV; fat 0.2g; cholesterolmg; sodium 5.1mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2013
Incredibly simple. I used Granny Smith apples. I actually threw everything in the crockpot right before bed, set it on low and it was ready to go in the morning. All I had to do is run the potato masher through it. Kids flipped for this--they thought bright red applesauce made with candy was amazing. I spread this over whole wheat pancakes and the kids raved about it all morning. Thumbs up from both of them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2013
Incredibly simple. I used Granny Smith apples. I actually threw everything in the crockpot right before bed, set it on low and it was ready to go in the morning. All I had to do is run the potato masher through it. Kids flipped for this--they thought bright red applesauce made with candy was amazing. I spread this over whole wheat pancakes and the kids raved about it all morning. Thumbs up from both of them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2015
Simple and tastes great… kids loved it. I increased the amount of cinnamon candies to almost 1/2 cup and cut the sugar in half to 1 tablespoon. I had fairly tart apples to use and they seemed to work well. Easily adaptable to your own tastes with chunkier or smoother texture… Served with pancakes to the kids and they thought it was fun and good too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2018
I followed another reviewers suggestion and doubled the Red Hots and cut the sugar in half. I used honey crisp apples and it probably would have been fine without any sugar added. I might try 3/4 cup of Red Hot's next time too. 12/28/18 Made it again, this time with no sugar & stuck with 1/4 cup red hots & used gala Apple's this time and it came out great again. Think I'll stick with whatever Apple's are cheapest & continue to leave sugar out & save on calories, really doesn't need the sugar anyway. This would be great served over some vanilla frozen yogurt too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2014
Some apples just don't taste as good as they look in the store and this is a great recipe for those guys. I microwave my sauce (water candies) about 3 minutes on high in a 4 cup glass bowl then stir until dissolved. Add peeled and chopped apples without extra sugar) stir cover with plastic wrap and microwave until tender (about 5 minutes on high). Mash with a fork or immersion blender for more smooth texture. Serve warm or cold. The smell in the kitchen from the cinnamon is divine. Great as a side with pork or as a dessert after dinner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2016
This applesauce is delicious and pretty! I had trouble finding cinnamon red hots but finally found a small 2 oz. bottle of them on the cake decorating aisle. After measuring 1/4 cup I had very few candies left so I just threw them all in. Don't be tempted as I was in the beginning to add more water. The apples release more liquid after the sugar is added. I did have to cook the final product longer than 15 minutes...about double that for the apples to be soft all the way through. I used my immersion blender and had some of the best applesauce I've ever made. I like Sarah Jo's idea of putting everything in the slow cooker and will definitely try that next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2013
Have made this for years. Looks good & tastes great. I prefer to leave the apples chunky & I omit the sugar. Best served cold a great summer side dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2014
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2020
Reminds me of my grandma's freezer applesauce when I was a kid. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2018
So yummy. After my mom passed away this recipe wasn t made for years and so many missed it. Made it and made it again and am making it for gifts again. Not a lot of sugar so many can enjoy. And they will! Read More