Black Licorice Caramels

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posted on September 21, 2011 by  |  posted under Desserts, Gift Giving, Halloween, Recipes, Snacks, Traditions

Black Licorice Caramels

We are about to embark on a wild candy making ride! This, my friends, is one recipe you HAVE to try out this Fall! I remember making these delicious caramels every Halloween since I was a little girl. Just for the record,… I don’t like black licorice at all. This black licorice treat, however, is amazing. Our neighbors would beg us for huge bags every Fall. I even remember my friends mom hiding the entire bag so she, and only she, could eat every last piece ;)

Get ready. After one bite… you won’t be able to stop eating!

Black Licorice Caramels

Ingredients:

1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups white corn syrup
1 teaspoon licorice or anise oil
1/2 teaspoon black paste food color

Black Licorice Caramels

In a pot mix the first 5 ingredients together: sweetened condensed milk, sugar, butter, salt, and corn syrup.

Black Licorice Caramels

Cook and stir the mixture constantly over medium high heat. Use a heavy metal spoon or spatula to scrape the bottom of the pan while stirring, this will prevent it from burning on the bottom.

Black Licorice Caramels

Cook until the caramel is to the soft ball stage or light brown. If you have a candy thermometer it will be done once it reaches 232 degrees.

*there will be little flecks of brown in the mixture, this is normal.

Black Licorice Caramels *If you don’t have a candy thermometer here is how to test if it is done:

Fill a cup with cold water. Spoon out some of the caramel mixture into the water. Squish it together with your fingers and let it cool down a bit in the water.

Black Licorice Caramels Remove it from the water, feel it, taste it and make sure it is set up enough. This is the consistency the caramel will be once it cools.

Black Licorice Caramels

Once it is done cooking, remove from the heat and add the licorice or anise oil. Stir it through the mixture.

Black Licorice Caramels Next measure the black paste food coloring, stir it through the caramel.

Black Licorice Caramels Stir till the mixture is black all the way through.

Black Licorice Caramels Butter a 9 x 13 pan (don’t miss any spots, we want this to come out after it sets up). Pour the caramel mixture in the pan. Do not scrape the bottom and sides out, there is usually a bit of sugar residue that you don’t want to crystallize in your caramels.

Black Licorice Caramels Set aside and let it cool. When it is firm and cooled completely loosen with a spatula and place on a buttered counter.

Black Licorice Caramels Tear a piece of waxed paper and place over the slab of caramel. Cutting on top of the paper and this will prevent the caramel from sticking to your knife. Cut the pieces into 1 inch wide strips.

Black Licorice Caramels Go back over the strips with the waxed paper and cut them 1 inch squares. Separate the caramels after cutting, if you pile them on top of each other they will stick together.

Black Licorice Caramels Tear pieces of waxed paper about 4 1/2 inches wide. Lay the strips on top of each other and cut in thirds.

Black Licorice Caramels Place the caramel square in the center of the waxed paper piece.

Black Licorice Caramels Pull two opposite corners together and pinch. With the other hand twist the caramel.

Black Licorice Caramels This will create a nice little wrapped piece of caramel.

Black Licorice Caramels This was my favorite part when I was a kid. My mom would gather all of us and have us wrap while she would cut.. and we would wrap as fast as she was cutting. So get those kids and put them to work! It’s a fun family activity!

Black Licorice Caramels There you have it! Package them up and share them with friends.. or keep them all for yourself ;)

I wouldn’t blame you.. they’re delicious!

Black Licorice Caramels

Black Licorice Caramels

Ingredients

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups white corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon licorice or anise oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black paste food color

Instructions

  1. In a pot mix the first 5 ingredients together: sweetened condensed milk, sugar, butter, salt, and corn syrup.
  2. Cook and stir the mixture constantly over medium high heat. Use a heavy metal spoon or spatula to scrape the bottom of the pan while stirring, this will prevent it from burning on the bottom.
  3. Cook until the caramel is to the soft ball stage or light brown. If you have a candy thermometer it will be done once it reaches 232 degrees.
  4. *there will be little flecks of brown in the mixture, this is normal.
  5. *If you don’t have a candy thermometer here is how to test if it is done:
  6. Fill a cup with cold water. Spoon out some of the caramel mixture into the water. Squish it together with your fingers and let it cool down a bit in the water.
  7. Remove it from the water, feel it, taste it and make sure it is set up enough. This is the consistency the caramel will be once it cools.
  8. Once it is done cooking, remove from the heat and add the licorice or anise oil. Stir it through the mixture.
  9. Next measure the black paste food coloring, stir it through the caramel.
  10. Stir till the mixture is black all the way through.
  11. Butter a 9 x 13 pan (don’t miss any spots, we want this to come out after it sets up). Pour the caramel mixture in the pan. Do not scrape the bottom and sides out, there is usually a bit of sugar residue that you don’t want to crystallize in your caramels.
  12. Set aside and let it cool. When it is firm and cooled completely loosen with a spatula and place on a buttered counter.
  13. Tear a piece of waxed paper and place over the slab of caramel. Cutting on top of the paper and this will prevent the caramel from sticking to your knife. Cut the pieces into 1 inch wide strips.
  14. Go back over the strips with the waxed paper and cut them 1 inch squares. Separate the caramels after cutting, if you pile them on top of each other they will stick together.
  15. Tear pieces of waxed paper about 4 1/2 inches wide. Lay the strips on top of each other and cut in thirds.
  16. Place the caramel square in the center of the waxed paper piece. Wrap.
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This creamy licorice caramel treat will be a hit that the whole family will look forward to every year! I Promise.

Black Licorice Caramels

32 Comments
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  1. September 21st, 2011 at 8:52 am
    Jasmine says:
    Amazing!! I would love to try this.
  2. September 21st, 2011 at 9:31 am
    Missy says:
    These look delicious! What a fun family activity - and with all your great photos and step by step instructions, I think I could actually do this! Thanks for sharing!
  3. September 21st, 2011 at 10:37 am
    Kendra says:
    I can't wait to try these out!!!
  4. September 21st, 2011 at 11:33 am
    Caley says:
    Oh my gosh! I'm so excited to try these! I love black licorice! Thanks for sharing!
  5. September 21st, 2011 at 11:38 am
    Mary Jane says:
    I'm going to try these for sure!! Yum!
  6. September 21st, 2011 at 1:59 pm
    tami h. says:
    I can't stand black licorice, but since you said to try it even if you dont like black licorice. I am going to give it a shot! I figure if i don't like it, i am sure someone else will love them. Thanks for sharing.
  7. September 21st, 2011 at 7:52 pm
    Nesleirbag says:
    These are so much better than you think they are going to be!
  8. September 21st, 2011 at 9:14 pm
    Bobbi says:
    I can not WAIT to give these a try. I don't mind black licorice but some candy is just too strong. This looks like it would be a mild licorice flavor. PERFECT!
  9. September 22nd, 2011 at 7:59 am
    stacy says:
    Wow! Black licorice caramel. Sounds yummy.
  10. September 25th, 2011 at 10:46 pm
    Melinda says:
    Oh My, these look amazing...I Love Black Licorice and am already sure It'll have to be a dbl. batch, One for me, One to share, two for me, one to share, haha. Thanks for the Recipe...This could work with any flavor addition and color wouldn't they?
    • November 13th, 2011 at 7:37 pm
      Lara says:
      Yep! I'm sure they would be yummy in any flavor and color!
  11. September 28th, 2011 at 11:12 am
    Heather says:
    Red Carmels with cinnamon are good. Also my hubby hates black licorice too but loves these.
  12. September 28th, 2011 at 11:45 am
    Jaci says:
    Can't wait to try them... but with my microwave caramel recipe - even easier!
  13. September 28th, 2011 at 11:47 am
    Cathy says:
    Thank you... I can almost taste them...yummy. Black licorice is my fav!!!
  14. September 28th, 2011 at 12:31 pm
    Shauna says:
    This sounds delicious! I want to make it for my Halloween party. However, may I make a suggestion? You need a 'print friendly' button so we can print out all your instructions, etc. in a nice, clean format. If you are using any type of wordpress application, I know there is a free 'Print Friendly' plug-in you can add - I added it to my own site and it's been great.
  15. September 28th, 2011 at 9:10 pm
    Shay Morris says:
    whait what! were we neighbors as children? are you me, or am i you? i have made this since i was a little girl too! i remember my grade 7 photo day i had a little too much black licorice caramels in the morning and my teeth turned green: green teeth not so great for school pictures......did you warn the readers the "other" side effects to the black coloring! HAPPY FALL!!!
  16. October 6th, 2011 at 8:47 pm
    Michelle says:
    Can you use anise extract instead of anise oil?
    • December 7th, 2013 at 8:11 pm
      Sarah says:
      Probably not! I just tried it. Extract is alcohol-based, and all burned off in the hot hot sugar, even though I let it cool quite a bit. I used almost a whole bottle (1oz) and there is only the slightest licorice flavor. If you must try it, I would let it cool as much as possible before adding the extract. I will be buying licorice oil tomorrow and trying again, as the caramel is delicious!
  17. October 11th, 2011 at 11:01 am
    Elizabeth E. says:
    A friend made these for our quilting group the other night and they were wonderful. They do not have a strong licorice flavor--just a hint--but the butter flavor really comes through. I can not stop eating them (I was able to bring some home). Fabulous recipe!
  18. October 18th, 2011 at 12:40 pm
    Laura says:
    Hi,

    Where do you purchase the black paste food color? Also the licorice oil?

    Don't think I ever saw these in the grocery stores.

    Would love to try these.
    • November 13th, 2011 at 7:38 pm
      Lara says:
      I believe they sell it at most craft stores and candy making shops!
    • November 16th, 2014 at 7:23 am
      Kim says:
      You can get the black paste in Wal Mart by the cake decorating in craft area.
      • November 16th, 2014 at 7:25 am
        Kim says:
        I get my oils at the pharmacy. Same oil I use in my cream cheese mints I make
  19. October 19th, 2011 at 8:23 am
    Karen says:
    I have ALWAYS loved licorice caramels and have had them only a few times throughout the years. My mouth waters just thinking about them!!! When I came across this recipe I literally giggled with delight! =) So, I went out and purchased the items(couldn't find anise oil, used pure anise extract instead/used up the entire 1oz. bottle and could have used a little bit more for a touch more flavor) & made these last week ~ YUMMY!!!!!! Everyone who tried them LOVED them! EXPECIALLY ME!!! =) I am going to be making them over and over, think I will give them as Christmas gifts etc...

    Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous recipe!!!
  20. November 28th, 2011 at 9:54 am
    Tryllyam says:
    I seriously love licorice and I seriously love caramels, making this candy a serious must try. After reading your into, maybe even my husband and kids will like it. I mean, he HATES licorice, but he does love the taste of absinthe, so you never know...
  21. April 10th, 2012 at 8:17 am
    Susan Lamb says:
    Absolutely delicious! thanks for sharing recipe!
  22. December 16th, 2013 at 7:31 pm
    Brittney Roberts says:
    Can you make these like you make your 15 min caramels in the microwave?
  23. November 16th, 2014 at 7:21 am
    Kim says:
    We make these in the winter as a Christmas add in. I love the Black Licorice! Also have changed favors to butter Rum, Creme de Menthe, root beer, added bakers chocolate-3 squares, also just make the plain caramels with Vanilla flavor. all very good my favorite Black Licorice, butter rum , Creme de Menthe, ppl love to receive these and they remember you by ( your the one that makes the great caramels. We cook ours to 240 and they are still nice and soft . Also learned you can throw them in the freeze to keep them longer.
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