In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine the sugar, water, honey, cinnamon, food coloring, and raisins or dried cranberries; bring to a boil.
Peel and carve out cores from the apples without cutting through the bottoms; add the apples to the boiling mixture. Cover and simmer in the hot syrup until tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Place apples in a dish with sides, for serving, using a slotted spoon to spoon raisins in center of each apple. Pour syrup over all.
Calories per serving: 242
Fat per serving: 0.4g