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Licorice Caramels

As far as caramel goes, this recipe is pretty simple with only a few ingredients. I think it’s pretty fool proof. The flavors are perfect and not something you'll find at the store.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword how to make caramels, licorice caramel recipe, licorice caramels
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rest 1 day
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 36 caramels
Calories 163 kcal
Author Janet Barton


  • 1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk 1 can
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 sticks butter 1 cup
  • 3/4 teaspoon licorice or Anise oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon black gel food color


  1. Line a 9 x 9 or 9 x 13-inch baking pan with non-stick aluminum foil.  Lightly butter.  Set aside.
  2. In a heavy medium size saucepan add corn syrup and condensed mild.  Stir.  Add salt and sugar and mix until completely mixed in with corn syrup mixture.  Place pan over medium heat.  Add 2 sticks (1 cup) butter.
  3. Continue to stir to blend in melted butter. Bring to a boil and clip on a candy thermometer. Continue to cook stirring constantly. Once temperature reaches 232 degrees Fahrenheit, drop a small amount into a cup of cold water. If the mixture forms a soft ball, then remove from heat. If it is too soft continue to cook to 234 degrees. Remove from heat.

  4. Add licorice oil and black food color. Stir until caramel is completely black with no streaks. Pour into prepared pan and allow to stand at room temperature for 24 hours before cutting. Wrap in squares of waxed paper.

Nutrition Facts
Licorice Caramels
Amount Per Serving
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 83mg3%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 185IU4%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.