Original Licorice Candy

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

Original licorice candy made with the licorice root. This is a delicious treat which is mildly laxative and alleviates symptoms of colds and flu. Warning: Licorice should not be used by those suffering from high blood pressure (it raises the BP quite a lot!), diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease or a history of stroke, kidney disease. Best avoided when pregnant. May cause water retention and loss of potassium. Do not use for more than 4 weeks consecutively.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon powdered licorice root (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon dried anise, root (POWDERED ( or to taste)
  • 1 cup flour (enough to make a workable dough)
  • icing sugar


  1. Warm the molasses and add licorice and anise powder.
  2. Mix in enough flour to make a workable dough.
  3. Roll mixture into small tubes, cut into desired lengths.
  4. Roll in icing sugar if desired. The mixture will harden when cool.
Most Helpful

I definitely needed to adjust this recipe, and it is still simply coming out very rough due to the flour. Looks easy, is easy but results extremely disappointing.

loica_simoneau December 30, 2008

I tried this Licorice Candy recipe and it worked great you just needed to bring the molasses to a boil and then add the flour. I had to add a little more flour to get it to a workable dough. I like salty licorice so I added a teaspoon of salt to the mixture. It turned out great almost like licorice sticks I use to be able to buy at the candy store across from my high school.

Bill P. November 18, 2015

Result: edible but very disappointing, commercial product is better. I think powdered root a mistake, I think thats what's giving something of a sawdust like feel to the product. Would be better to extract flavour into solution and use that. I think commercial product has an element of fat/oil (and possibly a little gum/gelatine?)

rob1951 December 26, 2011