2015 Recipe Contest Submissions

Anise Candy


3 cups of Sugar; 1 cup of White syrup; 1 1/2 cup of water; 1/2 tea spoon of Anise Oil and red or green food coloring


Boil the sugar, water , Syrup until it cracks, or take a wood spoon dip it in the mixture, put the spoon under cold running water. If it hardens, it is done.. Then add anise oil and food coloring and stir,(for just a few seconds). Use Anise Oil not Anise extract for best flavor. The anise candy made with oil also works as a great sore throat remedy. Pour into a buttered pan and cut itno squres; or better yet, I now use 120 piece silicone candy molds. By using the molds you get more candy pieces and a more consistent piece size. I use to cut the hardening candy into square with a buttered knife. This is very hard on the arm as you get older.

Steven Ochs

This was a recipe given to me from my grand mother. She use to make it every Christmas and tell us it was from St Nick (we also got an apple and an orange). She gave me the recipe over 30 years ago when I moved away to the Chicago area. I still use her original written recipe card. I think of her every time I make it.