Because my husband and kids enjoy the occasional piece of candy – and not only are these lollipops homemade with very few simple ingredients, but they double as sore throat soothing candies (a perfect recipe to share at this time of year)!
The kids understand the differences between the ingredients in these homemade honey pops versus the long list of dodgy-ness in commercial lollipops. They also really enjoyed the science aspect – watching the honey change textures: from soft to liquid to hard just by changing the temperature!
And the satisfaction of “making our own lollipops” brings a special sparkle to their eyes. So proud.
- 1 cup local liquid honey
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp cinnamon (optional)
- ¼ tsp turmeric (optional)
- ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- In a small pot, over medium-high heat, boil honey, water and vinegar.
- Allow to bubble slowly for about 10-15 minutes (the bubbles will darken slightly), stirring occasionally.
- To test for readiness of the honey mixture, you can check temperature (should be about 300 degrees F) or drop a small amount into a cup of very cold water to see if it hardens.
- Once the liquid is ready, remove from heat and add vanilla, plus any other spices desired (I like to add turmeric, cinnamon and cayenne pepper).
- Meanwhile, lay out some parchment paper in a flat spot. If you want to make lollipops, set the sticks out a few inches apart (so they don't stick together) - or you can just make candies without sticks.
- Once the mixture has cooled slightly (just a few minutes... or you can do what we did and sit your pot out in the snow for about 30 seconds), you can start dripping the honey onto the parchment paper/sticks.
- If using sticks, cover at least ½ inch of the stick in honey mixture.
- Allow to harden and they're ready to go!
- These can be wrapped individually or stored in an air-tight container at room temperature or in the fridge.
For a harder, crunchier pop, simply store them in an air-tight container in the fridge.
Add-ins can include spices like cinnamon, cayenne, turmeric, or something zesty like lemon juice/zest or ginger root. All delicious, natural and healthy options.