Fear strikes some here. This is a good caramel.
Allow me to digress momentarily. Around the world people drinking coffee are offered cream and/or sugar. Have you ever wondered why? Cream and sugar together reduce the harshness of some flavors. Coffee can be really bitter - cream and sugar.
With this caramel, and I'm not trying to defend it, I'm attempting to reduce the fear, the licorice root powder is pretty mellow though full of flavor. The powdered anise seed adds to the rounding out of the herb that gives this treat its name. Most skeptics find it a pleasant surprise.