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Licorice Chews

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licorice candy
(c) 2007 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com

These black licorice squares are subtly scented with anise and have the smooth, creamy texture and mellow flavor of caramel candy. Note that you can double the amount of anise extract for a stronger black licorice flavor.

Black food coloring paste can be found in some craft and cake decorating stores. I use Wilton’s brand, commonly available at Michael’s.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp anise extract
  • 1/2 tsp black food coloring paste


1. Prepare a 9-inch square pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the condensed milk, sugar, corn syrup, and salt, and stir until combined.

3. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring often. Attach a candy thermometer and boil the candy until it reaches 245 degrees, firm-ball stage. Stir frequently so that the mixture does not scorch on the bottom of the pan.

4. Once it reaches the proper temperature, remove from the heat and stir in the anise extract and the food coloring, mixing until thoroughly combined.

5. Pour the candy into the prepared pan. Allow to set at room temperature overnight, or in refrigerator to speed up the process.

6. Cut into squares using an oiled bench cutter or kitchen shears. Wrap individual candies in waxed paper or cling-wrap to store.

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 5 out of 5
Delicious and Easy!!, Member sewingcybermom

These caramels are outrageously delicious. Buttery, smooth, and soooo good. I changed the temp to 240, so they stay softer after wrapped, and they are easier to cut into. Also, I use 1 Tablespoon of anise. If you just want regular vanilla caramel, just replace the anise with pure vanilla. I gave these out packaged to my friends, mailman, ups guy....they all went crazy for them! You HAVE to have a candy thermometer to make these come out perfectly. Enjoy!

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