1/4 cup water or herb infused water
3/4 cup of honey
1 cup sugar
For flavor varieties that provide additional nutritional advantages can add 2-3 teaspoons of lemon or orange zest cinnamon, turmeric or ginger.
Combine your sugar, water, and honey into sauce pan with a lid. Turn your burner on medium & stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar has dissolved clip your candy thermometer to the side of your saucepan & turn the heat up to high. Your mixture will boil but let the mixture heat to about 300ºF (this is the hard crack stage). Try to refrain from stirring your while it cooks.
Remove from heat and add in your lemon or ginger, stirring quickly. Quickly use a measuring spoon to drop your mixture onto a lined or oiled baking sheet. If you are creating just a lozenge, just let them cool. If you are making lollipops add a lollipop stick into the bottom of each lozenge. Gently roll the stick so each side of the stick is coated. Give the lozenges or lollipops at least an hour to cool before storing in an airtight container or wrapping each lollipop. You can either place a piece of parchment paper between each layer or you can carefully coat each piece by tossing them in powdered sugar or corn starch. Keep them in a dry place as any moisture will cause them to become sticky. You can even cut the mixture in half if you want to have less on hand.
Side Notes: To infuse your water with herbs, it is like brewing tea, which you can actually do! To take the easy way out, you can brew an herbal tea blend for about 15-20 minutes and use that in place of standard water or take your desired herbs and pour boiling water over them. Allow them to sit for 20 minutes or so and strain the water from the herbs.
Try lavender, sage, thyme or rosemary. Ginger is great for a tummy ache. You can steep it and add some fresh grated ginger as well. Ground pepper makes for a nice spicy hot kick or try a little cayenne to warm you up and help clear out the sinuses.
For some nice flavor combinations try, lavender and lemon. orange and sage, ginger and lemon.
Ada's carries local honey as well as honey's with strong healing properties like Manuka honey all the way from New Zealand. Ada's Market also has as a wide selection of organic bulk herbs and spices. Make your perfectly healthy pop!
Do you have a favorite honey remedy? Please share some of your favorites with us in the comments section below.
Basic recipe courtesy of Our Homemade Life at http://www.ourhomemadelife.com