One of the worst moments of parenthood is seeing your child sick (coughing, wheezing, sore throat) and not being able to do anything about it. Sure, you can take your little one to the doctor for a healthy dose of antibiotics or make them chicken noodle soup but you can’t make the uncomfortableness (if not outright pain) of that [INSERT ILLNESS HERE] go away. Enter these homemade cough lollipops!
While antibiotics and store bought cough medicines are nothing to sneeze at (ha ha, get it?), there is a lot to like about these cough drop lollipops. They’re the perfect option when:
- You can’t quite give another dose of cough syrup or medicine yet.
- You don’t feel your kiddo is old enough to have a cough drop, due to the choking hazard they present.
- The cough or sore throat is minor enough that you aren’t sure it warrants bringing out the big guns.
- You don’t want to deal with the side effects, such as drowsiness, that can come with using more traditional medications.
See, there are a lot of situations in which these homemade cough lollipops might come in handy for!
And while I’m mainly talking about using these for kiddos, this recipe is definitely for adults AND kids cough lollipops. As an adult, I love using these honey lollops DIY sticks as hot tea stirrers when I’ve got a scratchy throat… or when I just want to add a touch of sweetness to my tea! 😉
Another thing I really like about these cough drop lollipops is that they’re all natural and as long as you purchase organic honey, organic. They don’t contain any unpronounceable or mystery ingredients.
Plus, these adults and kids cough lollipops are pretty easy to make. In fact, the active cooking time is less than what you would need to drive to the store and buy cough drops, so technically I think they save time, and what mom doesn’t love to save time? So make a big batch of this honey lollipops DIY recipe and store them in the fridge as an easy, all natural grab-and-go option when you or any family member has a cough or sore throat!
Why Do Honey Cough Lollipops Work?
Using honey to treat a cough or sore throat is nothing new. In fact, honey has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years! But you may be wondering how exactly does honey help with coughing or how does honey soothe a sore throat.
Honey is a heavy hitter when it comes to coughing and sore throats, which is why it’s the only ingredient in these homemade cough lollipops. It has both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. (Incidentally, these properties are also what make honey a great option for treating acne or soothing irritated skin.) In addition, honey coats the throat, which results in a soothing effect.
But you don’t just have to take my word for it! According to the Mayo Clinic, in one study, kids ranging in ages from 1 to 5 who had respiratory tract infections were given up to 2 teaspoons of honey at bedtime and the honey appeared to be just as effective as the common cough suppressant ingredient dextromethorphan!
So, are you ready to make these cough drop lollipops?
Homemade Cough Lollipop Ingredients
Homemade Cough Lollipop Directions
1. Place parchment paper on baking sheet and evenly coat with non-stick cooking spray. This will keep the cough drop lollipops from sticking while hardening.
2. Place the candy sticks on the parchment paper, spacing them a few inches apart.
3. Add a few ice cubes to a small glass, fill the glass with water, and set aside.
4. Place honey in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring continuously until the temperature of the honey reaches 300 degrees.
Note: Use a candy thermometer to check the temperature.
5. Once the honey has reached 300 degrees put a few drops into the ice water (step 3). If the honey hardens immediately upon touching the surface of the water, it’s the right temperature.
6. Slowly pour the honey onto the top portion of the Wilton candy sticks. Use a large spoon if needed.
7. Repeat until all of the honey is used.
8. Let the homemade cough lollipops harden for several hours and then store them in an airtight container in the fridge.
Tip: Seriously, put these kids cough lollipops in the fridge! For my very first batch, I skipped this step and they became very sticky overnight.
Have you tried this honey lollipops DIY recipe? If so, I’d love to hear what you thought! Also, please share any other homemade health remedies you might have. After all, us moms have to stick together!
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- 1 C. honey, regular or organic
- 1 package of Wilton candy sticks
- Parchment paper
- Large baking sheet
- Candy thermometer
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Ice cubes
- Place parchment paper on baking sheet and evenly coat with non-stick cooking spray. This will keep the cough lollipops from sticking while hardening.
- Place the candy sticks on the parchment paper, spacing them a few inches apart.
- Add a few ice cubes to a small glass, fill the glass with water, and set aside.
- Place honey in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring continuously until the temperature of the honey reaches 300 degrees. Note: Use a candy thermometer to check the temperature.
- Once the honey has reached 300 degrees put a few drops into the ice water (step 3). If the honey hardens immediately upon touching the surface of the water, it's the right temperature.
- Slowly pour the honey onto the top portion of the Wilton candy sticks. Use a large spoon if needed.
- Repeat until all of the honey is used.
- Let the cough lollipops harden for several hours and then store them in an airtight container in the fridge. Note: I did not set mine in the fridge and they became very sticky overnight.