Cough Drops…

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The last couple of weeks, our house has had that cough that has been going around. You know, the kind that gives you the tickle in the back of your throat that you just can’t get rid of…the cough that gets worse the moment that you lay down in bed… the cough that keeps everyone else in the family awake…boy do I love winter…
So I have been looking for alternatives to regular cough drops, and I have combined a couple recipes to make the below cough drops. I am actually really impressed with the taste and how well they work. They actually do a great job of controlling the annoying cough.
To make the cough drops, you need
1 1/4 cups of organic sugar
1 cup of strongly brewed tea
1/3 cup of honey
the juice from 1/2 a lemon.
Start by brewing tea 4 bags in one cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. I bought a cough and cold herbal tea sampler pack and used one tea bag of each kind.

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I just discovered this method for candy making, and it is the coolest, easiest way to make the candies all the same size and shape. I tried using candy moulds, but found that most of them cracked as I was trying to get them out. So, to make a mould for the drops, start by spreading a couple cups of icing sugar out on a cookie sheet. Use the back of a spoon to smooth it out as much as possible. Then, use the back of a measuring spoon to make indentations in the sugar. I think I used the 1/4 teaspoon.

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To a medium sized pot, add 1 1/4 cups of organic sugar, 1 cup of the brewed tea, 1/3 cup of honey and the juice from 1/2 a lemon.

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Stir everything together and bring to a boil, until it reaches the hard crack stage or 300 degrees. This takes about 10 minutes and you will notice that it reduces in size and boils down a bit.

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When it has reached 300 degrees, here is the fun part. Spoon it into the icing sugar mold. it is amazing how it runs right into the holes. I used a spoon and drizzles it into the holes. Even if you are not exact in your pouring, most of the liquid runs into the closest hole. You do have to work fairly quickly as it starts to harden almost immediately.

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Here is what they looked like in the mould when they were cooling…

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When they cooled, I wrapped them in little squared of waxed paper that I twisted at each end. They actually take that tickle out of your throat, and they taste pretty good too!

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