Jeff is a big fan of black licorice. I tried growing licorice root but didn't have much luck in my zone 4B garden. I have had luck in growing anise hyssop in my garden, however, and its flavor is similar. The flavor is so close that I thought I would try making some kind of homemade licorice from it this year. I wouldn't quite master licorice but I have figured out some tasty gumdrops which are close enough for us. These anise hyssop gumdrops have a chewy texture that is nicely complimented by crunchy chopped nuts. The texture, herbs, and sugar make for a delightful treat. The chopped nuts do give it a nice crunch, but I think you could skip it with equally amazing results. It's a delicious and different way to use the herbs growing in the garden.
Because this candy essentially starts with a strongly brewed herbal tea, I believe any herb or tea would work wonderfully, just brew it strongly enough to kept its flavor into the face of the other ingredients.
First Make Tea Make the Gumdrops Cut into Squares
First Make Tea
Make the Gumdrops
Cut into Squares