Black candy is considered spooky So here’s a twist on Caramels some of our friends from last year would enjoy! Be careful though if you use black food colouring. If you use a kind made with Activated charcoal it can affect medicines, potions and other things!
You will need!
- Nonstick vegetable oil spray
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ⅓ cup sweetened condensed milk
- ¼ cup blackstrap (robust) molasses
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¾ teaspoon anise (licorice) extract
- 10 drops black food colouring (optional) (you can also use colovaria for this step! )
- Flaky sea salt
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- candy thermometer
- 8½x4½” loaf pan
- Rubber Spatula
- Parchment paper
- Plastic wrap
- Sharp knife
- Wax Paper
1 Lightly coat an 8½x4½” loaf pan with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2″ overhang on long sides. The best way to do this is to use rectangular two sheets of it overlapped. And gently crease the paper into the pans bend at the bottom. Then Lightly coat parchment with nonstick spray.
2 Cook sugar, sweetened condensed milk, molasses, butter, salt, and 3 Tbsp. water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring with a heatproof rubber spatula, until sugar is dissolved, butter is melted, and mixture is smooth.
3 Fit the saucepan with a thermometer and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly and scraping bottom with spatula to keep mixture from burning, until thermometer registers 246°.
4 Remove the pan from heat and stir in anise extract and food colouring, if using, then immediately pour into the prepared pan and sprinkle with sea salt. If you don’t want to use black food colouring you can use magic here. Loosely cover the pan with plastic wrap and let sit until the caramel is cool and firm. This will take at least 2 hours.
5 Lift the caramel out of the pan using the overhanging parchment. Peel away parchment and cut caramel into a 6×4 grid to make 24 pieces total. Use a sharp knife coated in cooking spray for this step. Wrap individually in waxed paper or parchment paper.