Home Made Manuka Honey Lollipops!

The Perfect Lollipop and Cough Drops – Using UMF 10+ Manuka Honey

Our Manuka South UMF® 10+ Manuka Honey is the perfect solution for a sore throat. You can add the honey into your daily diet many ways, including: in a hot drink, by the spoon and even spread over toast. But when I came across this recipe I had to share it with you, especially as they are so simple to make.

If you don’t have any lollipop sticks lying around then that’s ok – You can make cough drops!

Anyone with a sore throat or nagging cough will tell you that they love a good cough drop. The funny thing is that many cough drops are full of ingredients that are not good for you. Sugar, food dyes, soy can all be found in common cough drops.

We don’t really want to be using a cough drop with those ingredients now do we?

These home made Manuka Honey Lollipops or cough drops are perfect AND since you are making them yourselves, you know that only good stuff is in them!

So let’s get started shall we?

Here’s what you need:

– 1/2 cup to 1 cup Manuka South UMF® 10+ Manuka Honey (depending on how many you would like to make)

– Candy thermometer (this is optional)

– Lollipop sticks of your choice

– Lollipop mold (this is not the typical thing that would be lying around in your kitchen draws, so if you are like me and don’t have one that’s ok! You can make free form lollipops by pouring the honey over the stick on a non-stick surface)

 

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Cook

Pour honey into small saucepan and cook over low heat. Stir constantly and bring honey to a boil. If using candy thermometer, insert in and continue to stir the honey until it has reached a temperature of 300 degrees. Remove from heat and move to test phase.
If not using the candy thermometer then continue cooking and occasionally test. Just don’t wait too late to test; testing too early is better then testing too late. Don’t forget to stir constantly, and watch out for the honey overflowing!

 

Test (our handy testing tip!)

To make sure your honey has reached the right consistency, place a drop or two of honey into a cup of ice water. If the honey turns and stays hard (like a hard candy) then you are good to go. If it is still soft then you need to keep cooking a bit longer.

 

Making the Lollipops

With Molds- Grease lollipop molds and insert sticks so that they are ready in the mold. Pour honey into mold and let cool at room temperature. (No cheating and putting them into the fridge. It won’t work)
Without Molds- Lay lollipop sticks on a greased non-stick surface such as a silicone mat or parchment/wax paper. Carefully pour honey over each stick, creating a free form lollipop.

Optional Add-Ins

Now just plain honey is great but you can get really creative with these! I have made cinnamon cough drops as well as a ginger variety.
You can get creative and add anything! I have seen some creative people putting a little flower in the mix so they look pretty as a wee gift!

Note: Babies under the age of 2 year should not be given honey.

Source – http://pistachioproject.com/2011/09/homemade-cough-drops-and-cough-drop-lollipops.html

 

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  1. Brannon says:

    must I cook the honey? will pouring the honey over the lollipop stick and then freeze it work the same way?

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