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Anise Hard Candy

 Anise Hard Candy
I like to wrap pieces of this candy in plastic wrap to share with friends.—Bea Aubry, Dubuque, Iowa
51 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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).
  • 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.
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.