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How to Make Homemade Licorice Recipe

Homemade Licorice Recipe

Learning how to make licorice at home is a simple and fun project. Here is our basic homemade licorice recipe complete with vegan and gluten-free options.

Course Snacks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 14 servings
Calories 185 kcal
Author Debra Maslowski



  1. Combine the dry licorice recipe ingredients in a mixing bowl. Set aside.

  2. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, syrup, milk, and coconut oil (or butter). Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Continue to heat until the temperature reaches 240°F. This is the softball stage. You can check the temperature with a candy thermometer or by dropping a small spoonful into a glass of cold water. Reach into the water and try to form a ball from the syrup with your fingers. It if stays together for a few seconds, it's ready.

  3. Remove from the heat right away and pour over the flour mixture. Mix well.

  4. Add the beetroot juice for color and the licorice extract for flavor. Mix these in well too.

  5. Pour the mixture in a greased pan and set in the refrigerator for about an hour, or until set and well chilled.

  6. When chilled, turn out onto a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper and cut into strips with a pizza cutter, keeping the strips about ⅓ to ½-inch wide. Twist them if you like.

  7. Dust with arrowroot powder to keep from sticking and store in an airtight container.


You don't need to color homemade licorice, but it may end up being a dull grayish color. I use beetroot juice because it makes the licorice a nice rosy color. You can use any juice or concentrate that you like.

As the recipes states, you can use either butter or coconut oil, whichever you prefer.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Licorice Recipe
Amount Per Serving (45 g)
Calories 185 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 73mg3%
Potassium 53mg2%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 232IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.