There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who love black licorice, and those who detest it. Okay, maybe it’s not quite that simple. But if it was, I bet these tasty treats would win them all over. If you need a last minute Halloween treat… or anytime treat, I highly suggest these. Especially if you like black licorice 🙂
I packaged some up using some washi tape, little treat bags, and tags using these on The Toymaker website. (Great website for cute little projects with kids!)
BLACK LICORICE CARAMELS
1 cup butter
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups corn syrup
2 cups sugar
1 to 2 tsp anise extract (depending how strong you want the flavor)
few drops black food coloring
Stir together the butter, milk, corn syrup, sugar, and salt in a large heavy pot over medium heat with a wooden spoon. Stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved and butter is melted.
Clip on a thermometer and stir frequently until caramel reaches 238 degrees for a softer caramel, or 245 for a hard caramel.
Remove from heat and add the anise and coloring. Stir until well blended.
Grease a 9 by 13 inch pan (I actually have a 10 by 15 inch pan that is my favorite for candies, makes them just a bit thinner.)
Pour the caramel in and spread evenly if needed.
Allow to firm overnight, then remove from pan and cut into small pieces.
Wrap individually with waxed paper.