Sanniti Star Anise can be used whole, as is, or can be ground for other uses. Star anise is a spice that has a taste that is reminiscent of licorice; it is both sweet and bitter. Because of its flavor profile, it is often used in its whole star shape to flavor tea, cocktails, broth, and various types of sauces. Grinding up the spice to make ground star anise will allow you to use it as a baking ingredient. Ground star anise is also one of the ingredients in the popular five spice powder.