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Homemade Black Licorice

2013 February 19
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When I was a kid my parents used to drop me off at the town’s local movie theater.  I’d meet up with my other pre-teen friends and we’d behave as if we were the coolest kids on the planet.  I’d also buy a coke (yes, lowercase ‘c’ because where I’m from ‘coke’ is synonymous with any type of soda) and some Twizzlers.

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In high school as a senior I was allowed to leave the campus for lunch and sometimes I’d go to a natural foods healthfood store and pick up natural, black licorice.  I’m a licorice fan.

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I never thought I’d make licorice at home.  Who would have thought that it was even possible?  Not me.  Thank goodness for the internet and some reliable recipe sources.

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This stuff is buttery delicious.  I know that sounds like an odd adjective but seriously, the candy is buttery.  It is chewy and molasses-y.  It’s better than the natural stuff from the healthfood stuff and it is leaps and bounds better than Twizzlers.  It couldn’t be easier to make, either.

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  • Nicole Plzak

    I am not a licorice fan but this sounds awesome!

  • akindependent

    I can’t find black licorice anymore. Now I don’t have to hunt. Many thanks!

  • Annie

    OMG, my husband is going to wet his pants. He adores licorice. And he loves when I make homemade anything for him.

  • http://www.themondaybox.com/ Wendy

    I LOVE black licorice (really any other color isn’t licorice at all). As a little girl, I would share this love with my maternal grandmother, who was the only other person I knew who would eat it. Now whenever I have a piece, I think of her with a smile. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Kate

    I prefer red licorice to black – I don’t love the anise flavor. I wonder if I would like homemade licorice without the extract…

  • Bridget

    Wow, I had no idea licorice would have butter, sweetened condensed milk, and molasses in it. Very interesting! I’m curious to compare this recipe to the ingredients on Twizzlers now.

  • fra

    Do you think the results would be the same if I used Earth Balance butter (a non-animal product butter)? No against using real butter, just curious if it would alter the taste or texture at all

    • branny

      Actually i think it would work ok, but i haven’t tried it.

  • Faith

    Hi, I’ve been looking at BL recipes all day. Does this taste like…caramel black licorice, or actual black licorice? I don’t really want the caramel taste.
    Thank so much, you’re looks great! I really want to try it!

    • branny

      It did not have a caramel flavor. Good luck

      • Faith -

        Hey Branny,
        Thanks for getting back! One more question. What do you think about using Bread Flour instead of Wheat Flour? I thought maybe it’d make it more chewy? Sorry, you’re the only one who seems to have any reviews I can find?!! I’m just picking your brain before I try it!
        Thanks again!

        • branny

          Hm. Well I think bread flour makes things chewy when kneading is involved to develop gluten. That process isn’t really used here so I don’t think that much a difference would be made. Besides, this stuff is already chewy!

          • Faith -

            Well, I tried it. Was I supposed to stir it or not stir it? I thought I was, then I didn’t…at 226 it was scorching, so I took it off the heat. I don’t think I did it right? My first kinda taste, tasted kinda…chalky, grainy. WW? Well, might give it one more try. Any suggestions?

          • Faith -

            Hum…patience is a virtue?! ;) Went back and tasted it…OH MY!!!!
            IT IS SOOO GOOD!!! JUST WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR!!! Thank you!! I love it!! So awesome!!! And…thanks for being patient with me, and also for posting this post!

          • admin

            I’m so pleased for you!

  • Traste

    Liquorice? More like black anise flavored candy as there is no Glycyrrhiza glabra extract involved. Probably tasty anyway, just saying.

  • Suez

    Mmmm! This is my second time making this wonderful treat. It goes quickly! Thanks!

  • Megan

    Hi, could someone please let me know how long this lasts? I want to make some for Christmas :)

    • branny

      i think it is best eaten within two weeks. it definitely lasts longer but begins to get too soft.