This is a traditional and simple recipe for cough lollies that are great to have on hand during the cold and flu season. The cough lollies may soothe sore throats and ease coughs as well as help to prevent colds if taken at the first sign of a sore throat. If fresh horehound (Marrubium vulgare) is unavailable then use half of the quantity given for fresh herb.
60 grams fresh horehound
1 1/2 cups water
800 grams brown sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
Grease a shallow pan. Chop the horehound finely, combine with the water in a stainless steel saucepan, cover and simmer for fifteen minutes. Let stand for one hour. Strain the herb and return the liquid to the saucepan. Add the sugar and syrup to the liquid and boil to 'hard crack' stage (150 degrees celsius on a candy thermometer). Pour into the pan and mark into squares.
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