I made my first batch of herbal candy yesterday-elderberry. I really can't believe I never thought of this before. I think I thought it would be more complicated than it really is, but I am going to keep doing this. I made the elderberry with my Dad in mind. I usually keep him stocked up with elderberry extract because he loves it. It is pretty tasty and it protects you againt flu viruses, but it also helps heart health and strengthens blood vessels-like all berries. I used a 2 cup sugar recipe so it was just sticky enough that I dusted the candies with powdered sugar to keep them from sticking together. We have all sampled it (and some of my daughters friends) and everyone loves them.
Now I have an infusion of Swedish Bitters herbs on the stove and I am trying a recipe with less sugar and corn syrup.
What a great way to take medicine-even kids will take medicine like this, or even picky husbands. I will also make some with Hawthorne berries and some with German Chamomile. Just for fun I may also do Lipton Tea and Dunkin Donuts coffee.
For now I have tons of orders to do and I have to get items together for the big November giveaway from Teambluegrass!
Any other herbal candies you might be interested in? Just leave me a comment below.