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Thread: Hard to find red hot candies

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    Hard to find red hot candies

    I had a hankering for cinnamon popcorn about 2 weeks ago and my recipe calls for red hots. Took my weekly trip to Walmart to do grocery shopping & could not find them. Ask a lady who was working on the candy isle & she didn't even know what they were. Today I went to the Dollar Tree & thought I would look for them there...none to be found. I asked at the check out counter & the youngster didn't know what they were. They seem to be getting harder & harder to find. Last year I did find some at Walmart but it took me several trips before they even had any.
    Question: If you buy red hots, where do you get them?

    If I find some I'm wondering if I can freeze them using my Food Saver system for later times when they are so hard to find.

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    Did you try Cracker Barrel? They do have the older candy you remember as a kid. Call them.
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    It has been several years since I bought them. I do love them without the popcorn.
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    Meijer in Michigan and Dollar Tree.

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    Our grocery store has them in the cake and cookie decorator area. During the Valentine's Day season they have them in the candy isle. We have CVS and Walgreens and they carry them on a fairly regular basis. My DH loves them so we buy them on a fairly regular basis.
    I never heard of using them in popcorn. Do you just throw them on when the popcorn is hot?

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    I use them in making cinnamon pickles. I’ve always found them at the grocery store: Kroger.
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    I used them for making the red berries on mini candy/cookie wreathes for Christmas

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    I don't think you'd need to freeze them as they are hard and really don't lose their "zip". My mom used them to make the sugar syrup and then put apples in to cook. Peel and core the apples, put them into the syrup to cook, turn them over about 1/2 way through. Taste good and very pretty. Now what's your recipe for the popcorn?

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    Seems to me that they are sometimes with the candies and sometimes with the little cake decorations such as sprinkles. Now you've got me wondering.......

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    I get mine from the Dollar store. I'm sure you can freeze them. Our one pharmacy also carried them in the bagged candy area
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    Quote Originally Posted by illinois View Post
    I don't think you'd need to freeze them as they are hard and really don't lose their "zip". My mom used them to make the sugar syrup and then put apples in to cook. Peel and core the apples, put them into the syrup to cook, turn them over about 1/2 way through. Taste good and very pretty. Now what's your recipe for the popcorn?
    We used them to make applesauce. I would love to see the popcorn recipe as well. Love my popcorn
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    I have a recipe for popcorn balls made with marsh mellows (not as hard to eat as caramel kind). The red hot go into the melted marsh mellow and make it a pretty pink but they do not melt so you still get the cinnamon pops of taste. Usually make them at Christmas time and for Valentines day.

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    I have no trouble finding them at my local grocery store. I make spiced pears. Drain liquid from canned pear halves into saucepan, add red hots, (to taste) simmer til red hots melt. Put pear halves into glass bowl, pour liquid with melted red hots over them, stir gently and cover. Place in refrigerator overnight, the pears absorb the spice and color. Drain and serve the pink spicy pears with ham, turkey, whatever.

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    I just found them this week at the bulk food store. I stocked up on them at Valentines Day from the $store but they only carry them at that time of year and I had to go to the bulk food store for something else and found them. Happy me!!

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    Kris P (board member) told me about this recipe last year & it's really good. You dissolve the red hots in the butter, sugar & corn syrup...add the baking soda & the pour over the popcorn. It's really good. I'll keep checking some local stores & drug stores. Thanks everyone!

    https://www.jollytime.com/recipe/red...nnamon-popcorn

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    I use them to decorate Christmas cookies.....the roll out sugar cookies type. And I find them in the grocery store next to the colored sprinkle sugar in the decorating cake supplies area.

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    They do lose their "zip". I recently made spiced apples and they were very sweet with a little, but not zippy, cinnamon taste. I than saw that the box I had was way past the expiration date listed.
    Maybe freezing them would hold that cinnamon zip longer?
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    The popcorn sounds delicious. I will have to make some. I love cinnamon. I was going to make caramel popcorn.

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    I have a hot cider recipe that calls for them too; I seem to remember the last time I looked for them it was difficult to find them. I think they'd changed the name from red hots - to something else and they came in a box not in the bags. But seemed to be the same product. Hope you find some.

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    I love carmel popcorn; will have to try this one too.

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    I love red hots! Cinnamon popcorn sounds good! You know what else is hard to find...chocolate jimmies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by osewme View Post
    Kris P (board member) told me about this recipe last year & it's really good. You dissolve the red hots in the butter, sugar & corn syrup...add the baking soda & the pour over the popcorn. It's really good. I'll keep checking some local stores & drug stores. Thanks everyone!

    https://www.jollytime.com/recipe/red...nnamon-popcorn
    Thank you so much. My SIL loves anything hot so he will love this. Will make it for thanksgiving snacks for ballgame time.

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    Dollar General. I like them in homemade applesauce. Some in for color and some on for a fun taste.

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    I remember those candies too. They are listed here along with other forgotten ones. Fun to walk down memory lane and no calories included.

    https://www.oldtimecandy.com/collect...lavor-cinnamon

    Other favorites here.

    https://www.vermontcountrystore.com/.../classic-candy

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