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Anise Hard Candy

I love to make anise recipes, and this flavorful candy is one of my favorites. Oftentimes I'll wrap up pieces in plastic wrap to share with friends. —Bea Aubry, Dubuque, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 8-1/2 dozen


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons anise extract or 1 teaspoon anise oil
  • 6 to 9 drops red food coloring


  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cover and cook for 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Uncover; cook on medium-high heat, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage).
  • Remove from the heat; stir in extract and food coloring (if using anise oil, keep face away from mixture as the aroma will be very strong). Pour into a buttered 13-in. x 9-in. pan. When cooled slightly but not hardened, cut into 1-in. squares. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Editor's Note: The accuracy of your candy thermometer is very important.
Nutrition Facts
2 piece: 49 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 8mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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