How to Make Black Licorice

By Launie Sorrels

There are serious side effects that can come with eating licorice. Licorice can increase your blood pressure and can cause water retention, rapid weight gain and difficulties with breathing. Most products that claim to be licorice, including red and black licorice, do not have any licorice in them. Many use anise extract instead. There are several claims that licorice can help with ulcers, sore throats and high cholesterol, but there is no real evidence to back these claims.

  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 ¾ cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup of corn syrup
  • 14 oz. of condensed milk, sweetened
  • 1 ½ tsp. of anise extract
  • ¾ tsp. of black food coloring
  • Dash of salt
  • 9-by-13-inch pan
  • Candy Thermometer
  • Large saucepan
  • Wax paper

Grease the 9-by-13-inch pan and set it to the side.

Place the saucepan on the stove with high heat.

Add all of the ingredients into the saucepan and bring it to 232 degrees F (using a candy thermometer), stirring often.

Remove the saucepan from the heat when it reaches the 232-degree mark and pour the mixture into the 9-by-13-inch pan.

Place the 9-by-13-inch pan into the refrigerator overnight.

Cut and serve. Store remaining pieces wrapped in wax paper.