Anise Candy or Rock Candy

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 30m
Ready In

"Old fashioned anise candy. My mother made this for us growing up and I love it. Some people refer to it as Rock Candy. You will need a candy thermometer for this recipe. My brother used to take baggies of this to school and sell them. (Of course, mom didn't know that!) Love this candy and so did the kids at our school. Licorice tasting hard candy."

Original recipe yields 50 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (84.6 g)
  • Calories 195.7
  • Total Fat - 0.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 73.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 48.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.1 g
  • Sugars - 47.6 g
  • Protein - 0.1 g
  • Calcium - 10.6 mg
  • Iron - 0.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Butter the jelly roll pans and set to the side to have them ready.

Step 2

Stir sugar, syrup and cold water in a pan over medium high heat, with the candy thermometer in the pan.

Step 3

Heat to 250 degrees, add food coloring. Stir well.

Step 4

Keep heating, at 300 degrees add anise oil and stir well.

Step 5

Carefully pour candy when it reaches 300 degrees into the jelly roll pans. You can use a stainless steel ladle to help you do this process. Do not attempt to move the pans after the hot candy has been poured into them. Let the candy cool. Break with a hammer wrapped in a kitchen towel. Enjoy!

Tips & Variations

  • Candy Thermometer

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