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Learn how to make your own old-fashioned licorice hard candy with this recipe for Hard Licorice Drops. They're deliciously sweet and perfect for gifting.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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15 mins
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1 hr 15 mins
about 48 pieces or 1 pound


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  • 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.


Up to 1 week ahead, prepare and wrap drops. Store in a cool dry place in a tightly covered container.

Nutrition Facts

49 calories; carbohydrates 13g; sodium 5mg.