Hard Licorice Drops
- Line a baking sheet with foil. Butter the foil; set baking sheet aside. Butter the sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan. In the saucepan combine sugar, brown sugar, water, and corn syrup. Cook over medium-high heat to boiling, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to dissolve sugars. This should take 6 to 8 minutes. Avoid splashing mixture on sides of pan. Carefully clip candy thermometer to side of pan.
- Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the thermometer registers 290 degree F, soft-crack stage. Mixture should boil at a moderate, steady rate over the entire surface. Reaching soft-crack stage should take 30 to 35 minutes.
- Remove saucepan from heat; remove candy thermometer from saucepan. Immediately stir in the anise extract and the red or black food coloring. Drop the candy mixture from a teaspoon onto the prepared baking sheet, forming round patties.
- Let licorice drops stand about 30 minutes or until firm. Remove licorice drops from the baking sheet. Wrap each licorice drop in clear plastic wrap. Makes about 48 pieces or 1 pound.
From the Test Kitchen
Up to 1 week ahead, prepare and wrap drops. Store in a cool dry place in a tightly covered container.
Nutrition Facts (Hard Licorice Drops)
- Per serving:
- 49 kcal ,
- 0 g fat
- (0 g sat. fat ,
- 0 mg chol. ,
- 5 mg sodium ,
- 13 g carb. ,
- 0 g fiber ,
- 0 g pro.