If you’re a black licorice lover, then sink your teeth into this delicious-looking recipe by Christina Lane of Desserts for Two over on Food52. And if you’re not a licorice lover, then take a look at Lane’s appeal to give homemade licorice a try:

Even if you think you’re a card-carrying member of the Licorice Haters Club, I beg you to try homemade licorice. It’s soft, chewy, and the anise flavor is much more subtle than it is in the commercial versions. Dare I say that it’s delicious enough to make a convert out of you?

Either way, this looks like a fun way to make some impressive sweets for yourself or the licorice lover in your life.