LICORICE VANILLA ICE CREAM

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Listen up, licorice haters: This ice cream could change your mind about the typically chewy, strong-flavored black candy. Executive chef Damon Lavigne starts with a caramel-mixture to create a yummy licorice. Instead of anise extract he uses essential oil of anise, which makes for a much milder flavored licorice taste. “I have a very nice arrangement with Colorado City Creamery,” he said. “I make the candy and they fold the morsels of sweetness into their vanilla ice cream.” The resulting licorice flavor is spot-on — not overwhelming, with just a slight taste of a root beer float. Licorice lovers will fall head-over-heels in love with this dessert.
— Teresa Farney