Step 3: Candying the Pickles (DAY 2-5)
Repeat this drain, rinse, fill, & sit for 2 hrs process a total of 3 times. This insures that all the excess lime is washed away.
Now drain & rinse your pickles then put them in a large stockpot. Once again covering them with water. Bring the water to a boil & then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer them for 2 hrs. (add more water as needed to keep the pickles covered)
Next, drain & rinse them again & dump them back into your bucket. This time you will prepare your candy syrup to cover them with.
To prepare the candy syrup, combine your syrup ingredients in a pot. Bring it to a boil & continue to boil it until all your red hot candies are melted. (You can also add extra red food color if you would like but I don't feel it's necessary) Once the candies are all dissolved into the syrup, pour the boiling syrup onto your pickles. Close up your bucket & let it sit for 24 hours. The syrup will settle over time, so you will strain off the syrup, reboil it, add it back to the pickles, and let it sit again. This process is repeated a total of 3 times (you do the candy syrup for 3 total days)