I found this recipe from another bee blog called Romancing the Bee. It’s simple recipe to make and different flavorings can be added, like cinnamon oil (also good for colds), orange oil, lemon oil and more. Keep these around or carry in your purse to help soothe those nasty cold and cough symptoms.
Cough and Sore Throat Soothing Lollipops
Recipe from Romancing the Bee
They are easy to make and effective and taste wonderful as well.
- At least a 1/2 cup to 1 cup of honey (use pure honey, doesn’t have to be raw as the cooking will process it anyway)
- Non stick surface – I line a sheet with parchment paper
- A candy thermometer
- 10-12 sucker sticks or make small drops that can be rolled in powdered sugar.
- 1/2 tsp flavoring (optional), such as lemon, lavender, or cinnamon
- First lay out your sucker sticks, spaced apart, on your non stick surface. (You can make cough drops by omitting the sticks!)
- Pour the honey into a heavy sauce pan and boil at medium to med. low heat for about 10 minutes. The honey should reach 300 degrees F.
- If you do not have a candy thermometer you can test your honey by dropping a drop or two of it into a cup of very cold water. If it hardens it’s ready. If it’s still soft to the touch, keep boiling.
- Remove the honey from the heat once it’s reached 300.
- Stir in the flavor, if you are going to use any, at this time.
- Pour over one end of the sucker sticks. Pour slowly. When the honey is really hot, like right off the burner, it will spread out more over the stick and form a very uneven circle. Your first few suckers might be thin and very misshapen. Your honey will start to harden quickly so by the 4th sucker or so you should see a more even circle and also a thicker sucker.
- Go back to the thinner suckers and pour over them again if you want to. The thinner suckers were very sharp on the edges once the honey hardened, so I would recommend making them thicker.