Let’s Make Red Licorice with Cannabutter

Do you love red licorice? Making it is easier than it may seem: find out how to make delicious red licorice sticks, perfect also as Halloween treats or snacks.

Learn how to make red licorice with cannabutter.


  1. 3/4 cup sugar
  2. 1/4 cherry drink crystals
  3. 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  4. 1/2 cup water
  5. 2 tbs unflavored gelatin or 2 envelopes
  6. 1/4 cup cherry juice or water
  7. 1/2 tsp citric acid
  8. 1/4 cup cannabutter
  9. 1/2 tsp guar gum
  10. 3/4 cup bread flour
  11. Cherry flavoring and red food color (optional)


  1. Butter a 9-inch (23-cm) square baking dish. Line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch (5‑cm) overhang for handles.
  2. Combine butter, sugar, syrup, milk, and salt in a heavy-bottom saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the butter has melted and sugar is dissolved. Fit pot with a candy thermometer and continue to cook, stirring frequently until the mixture reaches 250° to 255°F (120° to 122°C), about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in flour, flavored oil, and coloring. Pour into prepared pan and, working quickly, spread into corners. Cool until just warm, about 30 minutes.
  3. Lift from pan onto a cutting board. Slice into ¼-inch (5-mm) ropes, and twist. Place on a cooling rack. Cut each twisted rope into desired lengths. Dip the end in water and then in sprinkles (optional). Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

TIP To make black licorice follow the above method with these adjustments: reduce the corn syrup to ⅓ cup (80 mL) and add 2 tbsp (30 mL) of blackstrap molasses. Use anise oil instead of cherry, and black food coloring instead of red.

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