Horehound Candy

Although Horehound is very bitter, this candy is surprisingly pleasant, although don’t be tempted to make it stronger! You can add some other cough remedy herbs too, into the herb tea mix, Red Sage, Thyme, Hyssop for example.

Steep ¼ cup of Horehound leaves 1 cup in boiling water, & leave for 10 minutes  strain & add 1 ½  cups of sugar & ¼ tsp of Cream of Tartar. Put into a heavy bottomed saucepan & boil until it forms a ball in cold water. We have a sugar thermometer which takes all the guess work out of it, & I cook it to hard ball stage, this takes about 15 minutes, but you don’t need to stir it all the time..  Beat with a spoon until it thickens & goes creamy. Pour into a greased tray & cut when cool. Store in an airtight container. Take as needed for coughs & tickly throat. This recipe keeps better than the toffee, which goes very sticky in the jar after a short while.