Did you know you can make cough drops out of pure honey?! Let us know how this recipe from Little House In The Suburbs goes for your family!
Honey Cough Drops
1/2 cup honey
Also needed – a candy thermometer
Put honey in a small saucepan over low heat. Stirring constantly, bring the honey to a boil.
Put in the candy thermometer and continue stirring until the honey reaches a temperature of 300 to 310 degrees F. Honey burns fast, so don’t leave it, reduce heat to a simmer if necessary (if the honey seems to be heating up too fast, or you get a whiff of scorched honey).
Immediately remove from heat.
Check for the right consistency by dropping a few drops of the cooked honey into a cup of ice water. Let it get cold, then feel the drops. They should feel like hard candy. If the honey is still soft, return to the heat and cook a little while longer, and do the ice water test again. Do this until it’s right.
Continue to stir, off heat, until the honey cools enough to drop by teaspoonfuls onto a well-greased solid surface. It still needs to be runny, but a little less runny than when you first took it off the heat. Don’t wait too long or the honey will be impossible to remove from the pan. Work quickly.
Don’t skimp on the greasing or you will have a permanently cough drop-coated surface.
If you have a flexible, non-stick mat like a Silpat or something similar, it will help to release the drops from the surface once they are cooled.
If you are a candy-maker you probably have some non-stick molds for this, but for the rest of us, a mold isn’t necessary.
Allow the drops to cool completely. Don’t do what I did and put some in the refrigerator to hurry them up. They got too hard and cracked when I tried to release them from the plate. Room temperature is good. When they are cool, take a dinner knife and pop them loose.
They can be individually plastic wrapped. They stick to waxed paper, so stay away from that. They also stick to each other. Store in a cool, dry place.