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Horehound Drops

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Category: Candy

 Ingredients List

  • Karen Mintzias
  • 1 c Fresh horehound leaves
  • 1 c Water
  • 2 c Sugar
  • 2 tb Corn syrup or honey


Put the horehound in a small nonreactive sauce pan and add the water. Bring
to a boil and simmer, covered, or 20 minutes. Allow to cool, then remove
horehound and squeeze out all the liquid. Add the sugar and corn syrup or
honey to the pan, stir with a wooden spoon while bringing to a boil, then
turn heat down to a gentle simmer. If bubbles threaten to overflow the pan,
reduce heat slightly and stir.

Boil to the hard-crack stage. If you have a candy thermometer, this is in
the range of 330 F, but even so you'll need to test often toward the end of
cooking to get the hardness right. Keep a shallow cup of cold water nearby.
Stir the liquid occasionally, and watch how it falls from the spoon. When
it forms a thread, begin testing for hardness by allowing a drop of the
mixture to fall into the cup of cold water. Don't trust your fingers to
examine the now-hardened drop in the cup; bite it. If it's at all gooey or
sticks to your teeth, keep cooking. When it's hard enough to crack when you
bite it, remove the pan from heat immediately.

If the mixture crystallizes, just add a cup of water and an extra
tablespoon of corn syrup or honey to the pan, scrape all the crystalline
chunks into it, and begin again.

Lightly butter a candy mold, cookie sheet, or other heatproof baking pan,
and pour in the hot mixture. If you're using a flat-bottomed pan, score
the surface of the candy after it has cooled enough to become firm. This
will help in breaking it apart, which should be done as soon as the candy
can be handled.

After individual "drops" are formed, sift granulated sugar or powdered
sugar over them to keep them from sticking together. Store in a
moisture-proof container.

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