Anise Hard Candy Recipe

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I like to wrap pieces of this candy in plastic wrap to share with friends.—Bea Aubry, Dubuque, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:51 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 51 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons anise extract or 1 teaspoon anise oil
  • 6 to 9 drops red food coloring

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 pieces) equals 49 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 8 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 0 protein.


  1. In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cover and cook for 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Uncover; cook on medium-high heat, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage).
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in extract and food coloring (if using anise oil, keep face away from mixture as the aroma will be very strong). Pour into a buttered 13-in. x 9-in. pan. When cooled slightly but not hardened, cut into 1-in. squares. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 8-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: The accuracy of your candy thermometer is very important.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Originally published as Anise Hard Candy in Taste of Home December/January 1999, p41

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Reviewed Dec. 12, 2015

"mom makes these"

Reviewed Jun. 21, 2015

"Made it as a kid and now I want it again"

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2011

"love it and make it every year..."

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