Honey Flavored Homemade Cough Lollipops
One of the worst moments of parenthood is seeing your child sick (coughing, sneezing, aching) 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.
As a mom, I really and truly hate seeing my son coughing and wheezing thanks to some cold or flu bug and not being able to do much about it. Perhaps we’re between doses of cough syrup or maybe the medicine simply hasn’t kicked in yet. Whatever the case, hearing him cough and hack again and again is horrible. At his young age, I don’t feel comfortable giving him a loose cough drop as he might choke. This year, before all the cold and flu season stuff hits, I decided to look for some kind of solution, and this is what I found: Homemade cough lollipops.
At the store I can usually only find loose cough drops which, as mentioned above, really aren’t an option for my child. However, these homemade cough lollipops are perfect for soothing a nasty cough. As the name “homemade cough lollipops” implies, they’re on a stick so there’s a much smaller chance of my little one choking or simply swallowing the thing whole.
Another thing I really like about these homemade cough lollipops is that they don’t contain any medicine. In fact, if you purchase organic honey, these become organic homemade cough lollipops.
In addition, these homemade cough lollipops are pretty simple to make. You can make a relatively big batch and store it in the fridge for a while so no need to wait until flu season actually strikes your household. Go ahead, give these homemade cough lollipops a try.
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INGREDIENTS FOR HOMEMADE COUGH LOLLIPOPS
DIRECTIONS FOR HOMEMADE COUGH LOLLIPOPS
1. Lay your parchment paper down on the large baking sheet and evenly coat with non-stick cooking spray. This will keep the lollipops from sticking while hardening.
2. Lay the candy sticks down next to each other a few inches a part across the parchment paper.
3. Add a few ice cubes to a small glass and fill with water and set aside.
4. Add the honey into a small saucepan and heat through. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously until the temperature of the honey reaches 300 degrees. You can test this by adding the candy thermometer to the cooking honey.
5. Once the honey has reached 300 degrees you can test the honey by putting a few drops into the ice water. If the honey hardens immediately upon touching the surface of the water you are good to go.
6. Slowly pour the heated honey onto the top portion of the Wilton candy sticks. Use a large spoon if needed.
7. Repeat until all the honey is used.
8. Let the 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.
Let me know how these homemade cough lollipops work out for you in the comments. Also, feel free to share any other homemade health remedies you might have.
- 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.