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Homemade Old-Fashioned Horehound Candy

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

This is a wonderful heritage and time honored recipe for Horehound Candy. By using your summer’s harvest to prepare for winter’s colds—horehound candy is an effective and much loved old-fashioned remedy to soothe the ensuing inevitable sore throats.

2 cups fresh organic horehound, including the leaves, stems & flowers (or 1 cup dried organic)

1 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp butter

1 tsp lemon juice (or 1sprig fresh lemon balm)

2 ½ quarts water

3 cups brown sugar

½ cup corn syrup

  1. In a large saucepan, cover your harvested organic horehound with the water.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil. Then simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain the liquid into a bowl, through cheesecloth and allow the tea to settle.
  4. Ladle 2 cups of the horehound tea into a large saucepan or pot.
  5. Add the brown sugar, corn syrup, and cream of tartar.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring often, until it reaches 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer.
  7. Add the butter.
  8. Continue to boil the mixture until the candy reaches 300 degrees F (hard crack).
  9. Then remove the candy mixture from the heat, and stir in the lemon juice.
  10. Pour at once into a buttered, 8” square pan.
  11. As your Horehound Candy cools, score it into squares.
  12. Remove the candy squares from the buttered pan as soon as it is cool enough to handle.
  13. Wrap the individual pieces in aluminum foil or plastic wrap, and store in ziplock plastic bags.