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Licorice Caramel Candy

 Licorice Caramel Candy
These delicious treats are a fun cross between caramels and licorice. I always get compliments on them, especially from those who enjoy black licorice. — Paula Fischer, Rapid City, South Dakota
48 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1-1/3 cups light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons anise extract
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red paste food coloring

Directions

  • Line an 8-in. square pan with foil. Grease the foil with 1-1/2
  • teaspoons butter; set aside.
  • In a heavy Dutch oven, combine the sugar, 1-1/2 cups cream and corn
  • syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat; stirring constantly. Cook
  • and stir until a candy thermometer reads 234° (soft-ball stage).
  • Gradually add remaining cream; return to a boil, stirring
  • constantly, until a candy thermometer reads 248° (firm-ball
  • stage).
  • Remove from the heat; stir in extract and food coloring. Pour into
  • prepared pan (do not scrape pan). Cool completely before cutting.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: about 1
  • pound (about 4 dozen).