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Licorice Caramels



  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter ( no substitutes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon anise (licorice) extract
  • Black paste food coloring


  1. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a heavy saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture reaches 234 degrees F on a candy thermometer. (This will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes.) Mixture will turn from a pale yellow color to a golden brown.
  3. Stir in anise extract and enough black food coloring to make the caramel a dark black.
  4. Pour mixture into a buttered 9 x 13-inch pan and let cool.
  5. Cut into small squares and wrap each piece in wax paper.

Yields 75 to 100 pieces.


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