Homemade Black Licorice

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Author Notes: Recipe adapted and scaled down from Saveur magazine.DessertForTwo

Makes 20 pieces

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing the pan
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons molasses (use blackstrap for the strongest flavor)
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon black food coloring gel
  • 3/4 tablespoon anise extract (use 1 tablespoon for a stronger flavor)
  1. Line a 9 x by 5 x by 3-inch bread loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving excess to form handles for easy removal.
  2. Grease the parchment paper with extra butter.
  3. Clip a (calibrated) candy thermometer to the side of a heavy 2-quart saucepan, being sure that the gauge is not resting directly on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add the butter, sugar, corn syrup, condensed milk, molasses, and salt. Turn the heat to medium and bring to a gentle boil. Stir the mixture frequently to prevent scorching in the corners.
  5. Once the mixture reaches 240° F, remove it from the heat, and immediately stir in the flour and black food gel. Once they're fully incorporated, stir in the anise extract.
  6. Pour the mixture into the buttered loaf pan and let it set in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from the pan, and either dice it into squares or slice it into ropes and twist.
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5 days ago Becky Marcroft Klope

Thanks for the recipe. The recipe was easy to make but I had a hard time cutting it as well. I would have loved to twist it, but instead I just cut them into small square. I left out the black food coloring and used light corn syrup (as I didn't have dark).


15 days ago Jamie L. Bonett

Anise is the plant from which licorice extract is made, Rob.


15 days ago Stephanie Kirkland-Kuisma

This was pretty easy to do. I wish I had doubled the amount of anise and used blackstrap molasses because I didn't find the flavor very strong. I made this for a friend's birthday. I am not a fan of licorice, but I really liked this. It also sat for more than 30 minutes in the fridge before I cut it into pieces. I found it rather difficult to cut. I wrapped them individually in parchment paper. Thanks for the recipe! I liked the amount that it made.


about 1 month ago rob weaver

A true licorice uses licorice extract not anise.