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Thu Oct 3, 2019, 10:30 AM

Hot Tamales Cinnamon Candy-canned Pears

So, hubby and I live in Ontario, but my hubby comes from Texas originally. One thing we love about Ontario is the vast amount of amazing fresh fruit and veggies we get here all summer. It's coming down to the end of that season at this point, but a couple of weeks ago, I got these fantastic fresh pears! Hubby wanted to do some canning, and we're going to do a more traditional rustic spiced canned pear episode next week, but this week we're revisiting his childhood in Texas with hot cinnamon candy-canned pears!

Traditionally this recipe is done with Red Hots, but we had a very hard time finding them. We did manage to get our hands on Hot Tamales, pretty easily, though! The only real difference between the two is that Red Hots are a harder candy all the way through, and Hot Tamales has a gummy centre. Sort of like Red Hots wrapped around a gummy candy. Anyway, it worked pretty well, and we ended up with these amazing bright pink pears!

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Reply Hot Tamales Cinnamon Candy-canned Pears (Original post)
Saviolo Oct 2019 OP
japple Oct 2019 #1
Saviolo Oct 2019 #3
Backseat Driver Oct 2019 #2
Saviolo Oct 2019 #4
MagickMuffin Oct 2019 #5
Saviolo Oct 2019 #6
dem in texas Oct 2019 #7

Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Thu Oct 3, 2019, 10:55 AM

1. Very pretty pears! Reeds cinnamon candies are another hard candy that

I really love. Don't know if they're available in your area tho. https://www.candynation.com/reed-s-candy-rolls-cinnamon-24ct?gclid=Cj0KCQjwuNbsBRC-ARIsAAzITuc8oXhYQqZSFSRJ1djsqgZrQ7PTufGp0jyF4f0S6p1FGq691bx3TN0aAnXWEALw_wcB

I also love their other flavors.

Been trying to get my hands on some of those hard pears that grow around here in N. GA. They are ideal for making pear preserves.

Thanks for the video.

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Response to japple (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 3, 2019, 07:00 PM

3. We like Bartlett and Bosc for canning

They've got good firm flesh (if they're ripe but not over-ripe) and they're nice and tart, too, so they stand up well to the canning procedure.

Now, in this recipe we're obviously ruining all of that with a bunch of melted hard candy, but it's still pretty tasty!

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Thu Oct 3, 2019, 11:21 AM

2. Growing up, my mom would make

fiery cinnamoned red candied apple slices and bright green minted pears wedges each year for what was an obscenely huge Thanksgiving feast with literally ALL the fixings and then some. Also, in the large lazy susan serving piece would be colorful things like her version of a gelatin'd cranberry sauce with nuts, red grapes, and cream cheese balls, fresh pineapple chunks, black olives, cream-cheese stuffed celery sticks and sweet red/yellow/orange pepper salad.

She was a really good and adventurous cook and baker.

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Response to Backseat Driver (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 3, 2019, 07:04 PM

4. We were never that big on really sweet things

But we definitely like cranberry sauce. We actually have a video recipe for that up on our channel as well.

The rest of that sounds delicious. Last year, we went to Ottawa for Canadian Thanksgiving, and hubby and I made the cranberry sauce, the marinade for the turkey, and we put together an enormous cheese board for the fam. It was all super delicious.

Here's the cranberry sauce:

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 04:24 PM

5. Never be outta Red Hots again you can order them online

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Response to MagickMuffin (Reply #5)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 10:27 PM

6. We did see them online

But we were certain we would be able to get them locally and not have to get them shipped to us. We just were completely unable to track them down in time for the day we needed to get the filming done (because we needed to process the pears while they were fresh, etc)...

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 10:42 PM

7. Used them when making crab apple jelly

Was given a bushel basket of crab apples. Made them into jelly, it was a greenish yellow color, not an appetizing color, made me think of the old Alaska saying, 'Don't eat yellow snow". I sent one of my teens to the store to get me some red hots. Heated the jelly up, added the red hots and stirred until dissolved. final result, a faint cinnamon flavor and the jelly was a beautiful peachy pink color. Some of the best jelly I ever made.

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