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Anise Candy

Making this old-fashioned anise 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.—Jobyna Carpenter, Poulsbo, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    about 1 pound (about 8 dozen)


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 48 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • pajamaangel
    Dec 14, 2011

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    Nov 7, 2011

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  • garwolf
    Dec 11, 2009

    Fabulous, I am not even a big fan of Anise, but this is wonderful and I have several ask for the recipe!