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How To Make Horehound Candy


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Horehound Candy is an old-fashion recipe that used to be a staple in the home. In the old days people took horehound candy in place of cough drops. Today people enjoy the taste of this old-fashion candy. You can buy it, but it is easy to make and tastes so much better – plus if you grow your own horehound it gives you a way to use it.

Here is the recipe.



1. Put the horehound in a canning jar or other container with a lid. You can use fresh or dried horehound. If you don’t have access to the herb, look for 100% horehound tea.


2. Pour the hot water over the horehound, seal the container and set it aside for 15 to 20 minutes. This allows it to steep. The purpose of the lid is to prevent any essential oils from evaporating. You are now making a very strong horehound tea.

3. Put Swerve Sweetener into a large pan.


4. Pour the Karo Syrup and vinegar into the pan and mix. Some of the Swerve Sweetener is still going to be dry – and at this point, that is ok.


5. Once the horehound tea is finished steeping, strain the horehound leaves off. I used a funnel and laid a piece of cheesecloth that was 8 layers thick in the funnel. This way you can squeeze any excess water out of the horehound into the tea once you are done straining it.

6. Pour the strained horehound tea into the sugar mixture. Stir to combine.


7. Turn the heat on medium high and cook to 310 degrees F. This is the hard crack stage for candy.

8. Pour the candy onto well greased cookie sheets making it as thin as possible.

9. Before the candy is completely cold, score it with a knife.

10. Once the candy is completely cool, break it into bite sized pieces and store in an air-tight container.

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