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Salted Black Licorice Caramels

Salted Black Licorice Caramels

People who love black licorice will flip for these assertively flavored candies. They’ll be not-quite-black without the food coloring but still very cool looking.


  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • ⅓ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup blackstrap (robust) molasses
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¾ teaspoon anise (licorice) extract
  • 10 drops black food coloring (optional)

Recipe Preparation

  • Lightly coat an 8½x4½" loaf pan with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2" overhang on long sides. Lightly coat parchment with nonstick spray. Cook sugar, sweetened condensed milk, molasses, butter, salt, and 3 Tbsp. water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring with a heatproof rubber spatula, until sugar is dissolved, butter is melted, and mixture is smooth. Fit saucepan with thermometer and bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly and scraping bottom with spatula to keep mixture from burning, until thermometer registers 246°. Remove pan from heat and stir in anise extract and food coloring, if using, then immediately pour into prepared pan and sprinkle with sea salt. Loosely cover pan with plastic wrap and let sit until caramel is cool and set, at least 2 hours.

  • Lift caramel out of pan using parchment overhang. Peel away parchment and cut caramel into a 6x4 grid to make 24 pieces total. Wrap individually in waxed paper or parchment paper.

  • Do Ahead: Caramels can be made 2 days ahead. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

,Photos by Michael Graydon Nikole Herriott

Nutritional Content

Calories (kcal) 50Fat (g) 2.5Saturated Fat (g) 1.5Cholesterol (mg) 5Carbohydrates (g) 7Dietary Fiber (g) 0Total Sugars (g) 7Protein (g) 0Sodium (mg) 65Reviews Sectionthis recipe was super easy to make! i will say, my boyfriend LOVES black licorice but isn't big on salted licorice and found them too salty even with half the amount! i think i might double the anise extract next time to give it that "in your face" punch he loves and maybe reserve the salt for just finishing. also, i think the base caramel recipe is really nice -- i might try with other extracts in the future! :)munchsquadAlexandria, VA12/25/19Half of my family loves black licorice, the other half doesn't. I'm in the half that doesn't but this recipe made me a believer! My boyfriend told me that I should professionally make caramels after he ate these.I followed the recipe almost exactly to make the caramels. All that I changed was a few extra drops of black food coloring to get a deeper color and swapping out gold sprinkles instead of sea salt and it was the perfect touch!AnonymousPullman, WA12/10/18

Watch the video: Cooking Crave - Ep 1 - Licorice Caramels (October 2021).