Black Licorice Caramels
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
2 c. granulated sugar
1 c. butter (no substitutes)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. light corn syrup
1 tsp. anise (licorice) extract
black paste food coloring
Grease 9″x13″ pan with butter. Combine first five ingredients in heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture reaches 234 degrees on candy thermometer. (This will take 15-20 minutes.) Mixture will turn from pale yellow to golden brown. Stir in anise extract and enough black food coloring to make caramel dark black. Pour mixture in buttered pan and let cool. Cut into small squares and wrap each piece in waxed paper.
Note: Other flavors and colors can be added instead of anise and black color.
These easy caramels are soft and chewy, black and gooey! A wonderful candy for Halloween or whenever you feel like a delicious treat.