As you may have read Zoulah and Beaulah (resides at Purple Chocolat Home), twin sisters, got together and cooked up a storm in the Red Couch kitchen yesterday. One of the things they made were licorice caramels. They have been making them for years. If you love licorice, or anise, you will love these. Some of the Red Couch family are huge fans; others not so much --- what is wrong with them? Zoulah is a HUGE fan of these caramels. Zoulah and Beaulah made one batch together.
Licorice Caramel Recipes
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
2 cups sugar
1-1/2 cups light corn syrup
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon anise oil
1/2 to 1 teaspoon black coloring.
Place sweetened condensed milk, sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan. Cook and stir on medium until firm ball stage (245 -250) -- see Zoulah's notes. Take off heat and add anise oil and black coloring. Pour into prepared buttered glass baking dish (13 x 9-inch). Let cool and then cut or break off into pieces and wrap in cellophane wrappers.
Zoulah's Notes: Zoulah always uses both a thermometer and the cold water method. Zoulah lives at an altitude of 5700; water boils at a little less than 200 at her home. Zoulah cooked the caramels until about 237 yesterday -- she adjusted the firm ball temperature down about 12 degrees because of her high altitude and she tested with the cold water method. In Utah, Zoulah doesn't know about other places, you can find Anise oil in most grocery stores.
Zoulah thanks you for dropping by Red Couch Recipes.