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Honey Lemon Lollipops: an activity for children of all ages. Honey, commonly known as liquid gold, has been used for thousands of years as a powerful tool to treat coughs, infections, wounds, flus, prevent allergies and more. According to a study done in 2012 on nighttime coughs in children by the Journal of Pediatrics, honey is the preferable method of treatment for children suffering from upper respiratory infections. We are heading into that time of year where everywhere you turn people are coughing, sniffling and sneezing. You can be prepared for this season by making honey lemon lollipops. (Although giving your children a spoonful of honey with a touch of cinnamon will do the trick as well.) These lollipops would also be fun to be used as stirrers. They could be put in a cup of hot water and make honey lemon tea as it melts.
*The following recipe is adapted from a recipe found on wholefoodrealfoodgoodfood.com.
*Disclaimer: Children under the age of one should NOT consume honey. If you or your child is a diabetic, please consult your physician before ingesting sugar of any kind. These lollipops have a caramel consistency so they are on the chewy side and not recommended for children with braces.
- lollipop sticks (these can also be purchased at JoAnn Fabrics with a 40% off coupon – 150 sticks for about $3.00)
- parchment paper or a silicone baking mat (or silpat)
- stirring spoon and a spoon/small ladle
- cookie sheet(s)
- ribbon or twist-tie
- lollipop molds (optional)
- candy thermometer (optional)
- Ingredients: Yields approximately 21 lollipops
- 12 ounces honey – organic, raw, local
- honey is best – we used orange blossom honey
- 10 drops lemon essential oil – you can buy Young Living oils via IG @thelivingwellessentials (or 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice)
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp cinnamon (cinnamon has anti-viral qualities)
- Wash hands thoroughly.
- Place the lollipop sticks about 3 inches apart on your cookie sheet (or more) lined with parchment paper/silpat OR put your lollipop molds on the cookie sheet.
- Put the honey in a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat. While the honey was cooking over the stove, bees came to our open (but thankfully screened) window. It was interesting how they were attracted to the smell of the honey!
- Allow the honey to boil for about 10 minutes or until your candy thermometer reaches 300 degrees F.
- Remove the honey from the heat and stir in the lemon juice (or lemon essential oil) and cinnamon.
- Using a small ladle or spoon, slowly pour the hot mixture in small circles over the top of the sticks. Make sure to try to make them thick – thin lollipops can cut your mouth. The first couple lollipop shapes may be a little wonky. It’s easier to form the circles as the honey cools but if it cools too much, it hardens and may need to be reheated.
- Gently roll the stick to make sure each side of the stick is well coated.
- Allow about an hour to cool and then either wrap them individually in cellophane and twist-tie closed, place them in an air-tight container separating with parchment paper, or eat. Enjoy!
- Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.