150g Dried Dates
100ml hot water
2 Whole Star Anise
Place dates in hot water and leave to soak for 20-30 minutes or until nice and soft. While they are soaking, prepare star anise by grinding the whole star in a coffee grinder or high speed blender. Place date mixture into a blender and blend up. Add star anise a little bit at a time until you have reached your desired taste. Use a piping bag or a plastic sandwich bag with the corner snipped to pipe lengths of licorice onto a silicone dehydrator mat. Place in the dehydrator* for 8-12hrs or until firm but slightly soft and sticky still.
*Note... If you don't have a dehydrator, you can use a oven instead. Start by turning the oven on the lowest possible setting. Place whatever you are wanting to dehydrate in a non-stick baking dish or a pan lined with baking paper. Place the dish in the oven and keep the door open. Turn the oven fan on to keep air flowing so that there is no condensation. The time will vary quite a bit from a dyhydrator and may only take half of the time.