How to Make Licorice Ropes at Home

Licorice rope candies are delicious but are quite expensive. Surprisingly, making one is actually cheap and easy. So, why not try to make your very own licorice ropes!

Materials and Ingredients

Most, if not all of what you will be needing on how to make licorice ropes may already be available in your own kitchen.

Check for the following materials and ingredients:

1. cooking pot
2. microwave
3. stirring spoon
4. food thermometer
5. pan
6. parchment paper
7. knife
8. 1 cup of softened butter
9. 1 ¼ cups of sugar
10. 1 ¼ cup of corn syrup
11. 1 can or 395 grams of sweetened condensed milk
12. 1 ¼ tsp. of anise extract or licorice flavor extract
13. ¼ tsp. of red food coloring or any preferred color
14. flour or confectioner sugar (optional)

Cooking procedures

Heat the pot in low fire. Put the softened butter. You can soften the butter first by simply placing it in the microwave for 10 seconds before putting it in the pot.

Pour in all the other ingredients and keep on stirring the mixture. This will ensure that all flavors will blend into one. It is also advisable to microwave the corn syrup first for it to easily mix with the rest of the ingredients.

Your mixture should now reach the desired color after a few stirs. Otherwise, you can add more food color until you are satisfied with the color.

Put the thermometer in the pot. Wait for the temperature to reach 260 degrees Fahrenheit or 110 degrees Celcius while continuously stirring. Once it reaches that temperature, remove the pot from the fire.

Pour in the mixture into the pan with parchment paper. It is important for the mixture to be transferred into the pan quickly to avoid it setting in the pot itself. Allow the mixture to set in the pan for half an hour and then place it in the fridge for 6 hours.

Preparing the mixture

licorice ropes
If done right, the final product will look like this. (Almost!)

Once you take out the mixture from the fridge, your licorice mixture is ready for cutting. You can pour some confectionary sugar or flour if you find the mixture too sticky to work on. Cut it into rope-like strips and twist both ends.

Now you should be ready to amaze your friends with your home-made licorice ropes. Did you ever imagine that it was supposed to be that easy? Your welcome by the way!

Well, if you don’t have the time to create this recipe, check out Timbo’s Licorice Ropes and have a taste of their awesome 30 flavors!

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