Cook over medium heat until sugar and candies are dissolved, but do not boil. Add the food coloring and the cinnamon and bring up to boil.
Boil until it reaches 300 F on a candy thermometer. Meanwhile, wash and dry apples, remove stem and insert wooden sticks firmly enough into the apple that you can hold them firmly.
Remove syrup from heat when it reaches 300 and dip each apple into syrup. Swirl to coat apple. Place coated apples onto greased cookie sheets to cool and harden.
Let stand at room temperature until ready to serve.
Make 6 taffy apples.