How To Make Black Licorice Caramels in the Microwave

Easy Black Licorice Caramels in the Microwave

Lets talk about black licorice for a minute. It’s probably safe to say that if you are reading this post, you like black licorice. It seems that you either like it, or strongly dislike it and gag a little when you hear “black” before “licorice”. When I was little, I didn’t like it until sometime in Jr. High when I tried Good & Plenty candy, then I got hooked. My favorite way now to eat black licorice is in caramel form. Last week I found the perfect Microwave Caramel Recipe, and this week decided to make it again but black licorice flavored using the same technique. They turned out great and very festive just in time for Halloween. If you haven’t gagged your way through reading this paragraph, read on and try it!

How To Make Black Licorice Caramels in the Microwave

All you need to add is a a little Anise Oil and some Black Food Colorant Paste to the Perfect Microwave Caramel Recipe! That is it.

Ingredients For Black Licorice Caramels:

  • 5 T. Butter (sliced into 1 T. squares for quick even distribution)
  • 1/2 c. White Sugar
  • 1/2 c. Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 c. Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 c. Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 t. Black Food Colorant Paste
  • 1 t. Anise Oil

Black Licorice Caramels for HalloweenFollow the detailed instructions for caramel making found here: Then after the final step, after you remove it from the microwave, stir down the bubbles. It will look smooth like caramel sauce. Make sure you have checked your caramels using the ice bath technique. Add in the Anise Oil and the Black Food Colorant Paste. DSC_0941*I will give you fair warning: this paste is very clack. 1/2 t. will turn this recipe OPAQUE black and will stain your tongue temporarily while eating the caramels. You can chose to use less if you want a more purple clear-like caramel. DSC_0953Let them cool, wrap in wax paper and eat!  For Halloween, I used little Sharpie Marker drawings of The Nightmare Before Christmas on Freezer paper to wrap them. DSC_1003 DSC_1014  So? Black licorice. Are you a fan?

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