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Coltsfoot: A Throat-soothing Herbal Candy
Food as Herbs, Health, and Medicine
|Coltsfoot: A Throat-soothing Herbal Candy|
15 cups coltsfoot leaves without any stems
1 pound granulated sugar
2 cups corn syrup
3 Tablespoons butter
pinch of baking soda
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1. Rinse the coltsfoot leaves well, then put into a large pot with 5 cups of cold water.
2. Bring them to the boil and boil for three minutes, then add the sugar, corn syrup, and the butter and cook until this sugar mixture reaches the ‘hard boil stage’ or when one drop in cold water turns hard. At that point, remove from the heat, add the baking soda, put it into an electric mixer and beat until it starts to get stiff.
3. Oil an eight or nine inch square pan, pour in the firm sugar mixture, and allow to harden.
4. Break the hardened material into sucking candy size pieces and use them as throat lozenges. Use about than four or five a day.