Kudos to my sister, Sarah, for making cough drops at home. You might wonder why any sick person would take the time and effort to make cough drops. What can I say, Sarah and I come from the same faulty gene pool.
Here's the scoop:
Brew a 1 1/2 c of herbal tea - this needs to be really strong, so use 3 or 4 teabags.
Mix with 1/2 c of sugar and 1/2 c corn syrup or honey
In a saucepan, heat to 300 degrees. For those of you without a candy thermometer, a hard boil until clear (clear is different from colorless; clear means no sediment; you shouldn't see any sugar granules).
While your syrup is heating, take a 9 x 13 pan and cover in powdered sugar approximately 3/8" deep. Using your thumb, make cough drop sized indentions in the powdered sugar. When the mixture is hot, pour it into the powdered sugar molds (Sarah insists that this process is very forgiving).
Let cool. Once the cough drops harden, remove them from the powdered sugar. You can then run the powdered sugar through a sifter and store again for another use - no harm done to your sugar.
Thanks Sarah for sharing with me.