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Elderberry Lollipops

These elderberry lollipops are delicious and the perfect thing for a dry, hot throat, and hoarse cough.  Makes approximately two dozen immune stimulating, soothing lollipops.

Ingredients

  • cups water
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blue or black elderberries or ½ cup dried
  • ¼ cup marshmallow root
  • ¼ cup wild cherry bark
  • 2 cups organic cane sugar or honey
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar to prevent crystalline texture
  • corn starch powdered sugar or slippery elm root for dusting

Instructions

  • Gently simmer water, elderberries, marshmallow, and wild cherry bark for approximately 20 minutes. Strain away solids and discard. The resulting liquid should measure two cups exactly; adjust accordingly.
  • In a 4 quart saucepan, combine warm elderberry liquid with sugar and cream of tartar.
  • Over medium high heat, bring mixture to a gentle boil. DO NOT LEAVE UNATTENDED. Continue boiling until hard crack stage is achieved, about 300 degrees on a candy thermometer. (Some candy makers advise not stirring during this time, however, I have not experienced any seed crystallization issues using a wood handled silicone spatula)
  • Pour into molds pre-prepared with lollipop sticks. You may need to press the sticks firmly into place and/or roll them slightly to ensure the stick stay in the center of the lollipop. Cool until set; about 30 minutes. Dust with preferred ingredient and store in a cool, dry place in an airtight container.
  • Saucepan and tools are easily cleaned of residual candy with the use of boiling water.