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Festive Anise Hard Candy

 Festive Anise Hard Candy
Anyone who likes the flavor of anise is sure to enjoy these five-ingredient candies. The bright red color makes them perfect for the holiday season.
48 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons anise extract or 1 teaspoon anise oil
  • 8 to 10 drops red food coloring

Directions

  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, water and corn syrup.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cover and
  • cook for 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Uncover; cook over
  • medium 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 1 pound.