Emily Heath, one of my UK beekeeper/blogger friends, mentioned in her recent post about the London Honey Show that she is suffering from a very bad cold.
Another blogger friend, Solarbeez, asked me if I had a honey recipe that could soothe Emily’s symptoms.
Of course I do!!
Here is my recipe for Cough and Sore Throat Soothing Honey Lollipops. They are easy to make and effective and taste wonderful as well.
You will need at least a 1/2 cup to 1 cup of honey, a non stick surface, a candy thermometer and 10-12 sucker sticks. You can also add flavors such as lemon, lavender, or cinnamon if you desire. A 1/2 tsp. should do the trick.
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.
Make plenty to last until cold and flu season is behind us. And feel better soon, Emily!!