Original Licorice Candy

"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."
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Ready In:


  • 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


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

Questions & Replies

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  1. valentinasofiacastro
    How would I 'warm' the molasses?
  2. valentinasofiacastro
    How do I 'warm' the molasses?


  1. Mimsy M.
    I love black licorice but, as I am allergic to wheat, I am no longer able to eat commercial brands. I came across this recipe and decided to convert it to a gluten free version. By replacing the flour with 1/3 cup coconut flour and 2/3 cup tapioca flour and replacing 1/4 cup of the molasses with 1/4 cup coconut oil, and adding in 1 tsp of guar gum, I was able to create a wonderfully authentic version of black licorice. PS: licorice root can elevate blood pressure so, if you want to avoid this side effect, buy deglycerized licorice root powder. Tastes the same but without the unwanted B/P effect.
  2. loica_simoneau
    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.
  3. Bill P.
    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.
  4. rob1951
    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?)


  1. Mimsy M.
    Made it gluten free! Replace flour with 1/3 cup coconut flour and 2/3 cup tapioca flour Add 1 tsp guar gum to the flour mix Reduce molasses by 1/4 cup Add 1/4 cup coconut oil to molasses and bring both to boil


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