Salty Black Licorice wrapped individually

Homemade Salty Black Licorice

Special Equipment: You'll need a candy thermometer, a loaf pan, and some parchment paper. This recipe makes a soft, chewy licorice. If you want firmer texture, allow the mixture to come to between 260 - 265 °F
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 36 licorice bites
Calories 40kcal
Author Marissa Stevens


  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter plus extra for greasing the pan
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon anise extract
  • flaky sea salt for finishing such as Maldon


  • Line an 9 x by 5 x by 3-inch bread loaf pan with parchment paper, allowing parchment to line sides as well as the bottom.
  • Cut out 36 parchment wrappers, about 3½ inches wide and 2 inches long.
  • Sift the whole wheat flour into a small bowl and set aside.
  • In a narrow, heavy saucepan bring the first 6 ingredients heavy cream through salt) to boil and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula, for 20-25 minutes, until the mixture reaches 255°F. (Use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature)
  • When the licorice reaches 255°F, remove from heat, stir in whole wheat flour and anise extract. Continue stirring until smooth.
  • Carefully pour licorice over parchment in pan.
  • When the licorice is nearly cool, sprinkle with Maldon or other flaky salt.
  • Cover and refrigerate until cooled completely. Then transfer, with parchment, onto a cutting board.
  • With a lightly oiled, sharp knife cut licorice longwise into 6, ½-inch strips. Then cut crosswise into 6, 1 ½-inch strips.
  • Place one strip of licorice on the edge of a parchment wrapper and roll up. Twist ends to seal. Repeat with remaining strips. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.


Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 21mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.1mg