CIVIL WAR ROCK CANDY
Here is the recipe:
3 Cups Sugar
1 Cup Water
Crushed Horehound leaves. (Horehound was a popular herb during this time. It is a member of the mint family. The plant has a woody stem and slightly hairy leaves.)
Or you can use a little vanilla extract and some food coloring for effect.
Bring the sugar and water to a boil while stirring occasionally. Remove from heat when it starts to boil and let it cool for a minute before pouring into sterilized glasses. Add flavoring and food coloring.
Tie pieces of string around the sticks, and trim the string so that it won’t touch the bottom of the jar. Cover the jar with cloth and leave it alone for a week. Crystals (Rock Candy) will form on the string.
Sugar was so valuable that it was kept locked in a sugar chest and women wore the key around their neck! (Notice that the sugar is in cones, which was typical for that time period.)
A research grant to study slavery and the Underground Railroad in Kentucky inspired, "A Promise Moon." I alluded to, or drew inspiration from my findings as I wrote my latest novel which is set during the Civil War. RESEARCH FINDINGS