3 c. sugar
3/4 c. syrup
1/2 c. water
1/2 tsp. oil of anise
Food coloring

Boil sugar, syrup and water to hard crack stage. Remove from heat and add oil of anise plus sufficient blue and yellow food coloring to make mixture black. Pour candy into very lightly oiled pan and set pan in bowl of ice. (Oil pan with cooking oil if possible or use shortening sparingly because it leaves a white scum on candy.) When cool, break into chunks.

Note: Use 1/2 teaspoon oil of anise which may be obtained in a drugstore. Oil of anise is much more concentrated than the ordinary flavoring. If using the anise flavoring use 3 to 4 teaspoons.