Anise Candy Recipe
Meet the Cook: Making this old-fashioned hard candy has become an annual Christmas project for me since I first prepared this recipe at the home of a friend who made candy for a shop. To vary the recipe a little, you can substitute peppermint extract for the anise and green food coloring for red. I've been a musician for over 50 years and still find time to play my clarinet, saxophone and organ. -Jobyna Carpenter, Poulsbo, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min. YIELD:48 servings
- 1-1/2 teaspoons butter, softened
- 3/4 cup water
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon anise extract
- Red food coloring
- 2 to 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
- 1. Butter an 8-in. square dish with 1-1/2 teaspoons butter; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the water, corn syrup and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cover and cook for 3 minutes to dissolve any sugar crystals.
- 2. Uncover; cook over medium-high heat, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage). Remove from the heat; stir in extract and food coloring.
- 3. Pour into prepared dish. Using a sharp knife, score into 3/4-in. squares. Cool. Separate into squares, using a sharp knife if necessary. Place confectioners' sugar in a pan; add candy and roll until coated. Brush off excess sugar with a pastry brush.
- 4. Store at room temperature in an airtight container. Yield: about 1 pound (about 8 dozen).
1 serving (2 each) equals 48 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 7 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, trace protein.
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