Horehound Drops - Hard Candy in Harpers Ferry WV - True Treats Historic Candy

Horehound Sticks


Unique, braided horehound sticks. Old-time, smooth horehound flavor, long used as a treat and remedy for stomach problems. 12 sticks (7 oz) in a heat-sealed bag with the history on the label: perfect to carry, perfect to store, perfect to give as a gift. Some breakage may occur in handling – these were called “bits” and enjoyed in the 1800s.

A Bit of History

Among the many medicines of old were the boiled sugars, containing horehound, lemon and other ingredients we now mainly consider flavorings. In the mid-1800s with the rise of the tasty and inexpensive candies, medicines found a new life as drops.

The horehound arrived in the U.S. with the British in the 1600s. The plant has hoary leaves–hence the name.  Long considered good for stomach complaints and sore throat, the horehound has been valued as a sweet for centuries.

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