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Gluten Free Red Licorice

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I have found this very popular recipe for gluten free red licorice since I know so many of the red licorice fans would love to have a go at making it!


For more useful recipes go to www.glutenfreeonashoestring.com




1/2 cup (70 g) high-quality all-purpose gluten-free flour

1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your flour already contains it)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cherry flavoring oil

Red food coloring, as desired

8 tablespoons (112 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar

8 tablespoons (168 g) light corn syrup

1/2 cup (156 g) sweetened condensed milk

4 tablespoons (84 g) golden syrup (can substitute an equal amount honey or molasses)


Grease well a 9-inch square baking dish with butter or vegetable shortening, and set it aside. Assemble your ingredients next to the stovetop. In a small bowl, place the flour, xanthan gum and salt, and whisk to combine well. Set the flavoring oil and a measuring spoon, plus the food coloring, to the side, within arm’s reach.

In a large, heavy-bottom saucepan, place the butter, sugar, corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk and golden syrup (or honey or molasses). Cook over medium-high heat until the mixture reaches a boil, stirring constantly. Lower the heat to medium so the mixture maintains a slow boil, and continue to cook until the temperature reaches 240°F on a candy thermometer. Any higher and the butter will burn. Any lower and the licorice won’t harden enough as it cools.

Remove the mixture from the heat and add the flour mixture. Working quickly, mix everything well. Add the flavoring oil and food coloring (I generally use a toothpick to add food coloring), and mix well once again.

Pour the candy into the prepared baking dish, and shake it back and forth so that it is in an even layer. Place the baking dish in the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes. Remove the baking dish from the refrigerator, and, with a thin spatula or other thin kitchen implement, remove the candy in one piece from the baking dish onto a flat surface. With kitchen shears or pizza cutter, cut the square of candy in half, and then cut each half into 1/4-inch wide strips. Twist the strips at both ends to create the traditional licorice spiral. Allow to sit at room temperature until slightly hardened, and serve.