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The woolly leaves of this plant have a menthol-like taste and are made into an extract which is combined with sugar into confections, as well as a base for throat lozenges.

Horehound's value as a medicinal herb is as a cough soother and expectorant. Do not confuse it with the poisonous kinds, and do not use it in large quantities.

Marrubium vulgare, a perennial that grows to 3 feet, flourishes in poor soil.


Horehound Candy

Make an infusion of:
8 cups boiling water
1-1/2 quarts loosely packed horehound leaves and stems

Steep covered 20 minutes. Drain and discard leaves and stems. To 2 quarts of this bitter dark brew, add:

4 cups sugar
1-1/4 cups dark cane syrup
1 Tablespoon butter
(1 teaspoon cream of tartar - optional)

Cook these ingredients until they reach the hard crack stage, 300 degrees. Skim, and pour into a buttered 15 x 10 x 1-inch pan and score into pieces before it sets. Allow to cool.

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