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Horehound Candy

This old-fashioned confection is said to be good for sore throats, upset stomachs and whatever else may ail you.

Horehound candy

A piece of horehound candy is like a trip back in time.


3 qt. of water 1 t. lemon juice
¼ c. dried horehound steams, leaves and flowers. 1 t. of butter
3 c. brown sugar Superfine sugar to roll candy in
1 t. cream of tartar  


1. Bring water to a boil and remove from the heat.

2. Add the horehound and let it steep for 30 minutes.

3. Strain and let settle.

4. Pour 2 ½ c. of liquid into a heavy saucepan

5. Add brown sugar, cream of tarter and lemon juice and bring to a boil.

6. When liquid reaches 240 degrees, add butter.

7. Continue to boil without stirring until mixture reaches 312 degrees. Remove from heat and pour mixture into a shallow buttered pan.

8. Let cool enough to roll into small pieces; roll pieces in superfine sugar.

8. When cool, wrap individual pieces in wax paper, so they don’t stick together.

Makes 50 pieces.

Nutritional Information (per piece):  Calories: 50; Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 0mg; Total Carbohydrates: 14g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugars: 14g; Protein: 0g.

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