Old Fashioned Horehound Cough Drops

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“Want to make your own cough drops? I thought ya'll might like this. I like to use herbs and wild edibles.”
20 small squares

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Boil the horehound leaves in the 2 cups water for 10 minutes; discard leaves.
  2. Add twice as much honey as the remaining liquid and stir the mixture smooth.
  3. Then blend 2 cups of sugar with 1/8 tsp.
  4. of cream of tartar in a saucepan, and add the honey-horehound mixture.
  5. Stir over medium heat until sugar melts.
  6. Then lower flame and continue stirring till a dollop of the candy forms a hard ball when dropped in cold water.
  7. At that point, pour syrup into buttered baking dish and cut into small squares as candy begins to harden.
  8. Finally, roll in confectioners sugar and then granulated sugar and store in airtight containers.

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