Licorice Candy Recipe

The following recipe was developed by Ken Heintz and Peter D'Souza.

Yield: 2 pounds


All-purpose flour 1 cup
Corn starch
1/2 cup
Wheat gluten
1/2 cup
Powdered licorice root
1 1/2 tbsp
Powdered star anise
1 1/2 tbsp
Molasses 2 cups
Method of Preparation:

  1. In a 2-quart microwave pot, mix all dry ingredients..
  2. Mix in molasses and mix thoroughly with a plastic spoon until mixture is smooth.
  3. Place mixture in microwave oven and cook for 1 1/2 minutes.
  4. Stop oven and stir mixture.
  5. Repeat cook/stir cycle (8 times) for a total cooking time of 13.5 minutes in the microwave oven. Remove pot from oven.
  6. Pour licorice on Teflon cookie sheet. While warm, press licorice to a patty about 1/2" thick. Allow to cool. Caution: mixture may be hot. Handle only when warm to touch.
  7. Use a plastic knife to cut into 1 " strips, then roll into sticks. Sticks may be cut into bite-sized pieces with scissors.


-ingredients can be purchased at any health food store, food coop, or natural food store. Some may require a special order.

-licorice making is tricky. Total cooking time and ingredient quantities may be adjusted for a particular texture and taste.

-variables in your kitchen include: microwave oven- wattage/make/size, atmospheric pressure, cooking pot material/dimension, stirring time, amount of stirring and accuracy in measuring ingredients.

Happy licorice candy making.

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