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11 Ways to Have a Red Hot Valentine's Day

Use the classic cinnamon candies to spice up homemade Valentine's Day treats.

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A Red Hot Valentine's Day

In the early 1930s, the Ferrara Candy Company created the famous Red Hots cinnamon candies using the cold panned candy method. The inventors probably never imagined that the candies, which have become a Valentine's Day staple, could be used in so many ways. All of these ideas utilize one 6-ounce theater box of the candies.

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Red Hot Strawberries

Red Hots melt perfectly into a smooth syrup that can be incorporated into a variety of recipes, including these candy-coated strawberries. Boil 1 box of Red Hots with 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar to 300 degrees F (hard crack stage). Use a candy thermometer to monitor. Carefully dip skewered strawberries into the candy. Let cool completely.

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Red Hot Popcorn

Melt Red Hots into 1 cup of water over medium heat. Pour over popped popcorn, then quickly stir in sprinkles. Let dry on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

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Red Hot Cider

Warm apple cider over medium heat. Pour in Red Hots and stir until melted. Serve with candies and dried apple slices as garnish.

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