I attempted to make candy just like my mom and grandma. Hours was spent preparing to make candy. Ingredients measured. Containers prepared. Candy making was a big deal. Our family made all kinds of hard candies and homemade cough drops. They did not use a candy thermometer. Did the drop test instead. And I had one job and one job only...to stir, stir, and stir. I never did learn how to do the drop test...cause honestly I was tired of stirring and as soon as my job was done I left the scene.
So here is my first attempt...although it looks like a fail because its not hard or set it indeed taste yummy. The fun part was I did this with my 19 year old son. We had a blast. My husband loves the candy. It taste like Werthers carmels. My second attempt will be with a thermometer! Hubby bought one so we could try again.
So whats this have to do with being a farm gal? Well we put candy up ( as mom would say) just like we put up ( canned) fruit, veggies, jams, jellies and meat. It was part of growing up on a farm and not being able to run to the store when you had a craving for something sweet or needed a cough drop. The cough drops were horehound. Horehound grew wild on the farm. We also made mint and cherry drops. These were wrapped in wax paper and stored in jars.
Rolled into a snake and cut to wrap in wax paper.