Mar 5, 2012
Homemade Honey Lollipops
I have a little one over here who has a bit of a cold going on. I'm not a fan of giving cough drops to kids, especially when they're coughing. Just seems a bit dangerous to me, so I decided I wanted to make honey lollipops. Honey is so soothing when you're feeling a little under the weather. I thought the kids would be able to either have it as a lollipop, or if they wanted to, stick the lollipop in their tea if they didn't want to eat it. Either way is isn't going to be wasted.
I did a little home work on how to make lollipops. I had never made any hard candy of any kind before. I wasn't happy with anything I was finding until I came across
The Pistachio Project. She just used honey. Nothing else! I can't argue with that!!
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 or cinnamon if you would like. A 1/2 tsp. should do the trick.
First lay out your sucker sticks, spaced apart, on your non stick surface. I used my silpat mat. Pour your honey into a heavy sauce pan and boil at medium to med. low heat for about 10 minutes. You will want to see your honey 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.
Pull your honey from the burner once it's reached 300. Stir in your 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.
Once you have let your suckers completely harden you can place them into a little, clear, plastic, treat bag. Tie with a twist tie and you're done.
If you don't have treat bags you can place the suckers in a wide mouthed Mason jar or tupperware container. Just make sure you place a piece of wax paper in between each sucker so they don't stick to each other. Pull them out whenever you need one!
These were fun to make and are fun to eat. It's a nice treat to give someone who is feeling under the weather. They would also be a nice addition to a get well basket, or homemade gift basket. I would not however give honey to toddlers.