This week, a cacophony of coughs, sneezes and complaints about sore throats and stuffy ears can be heard throughout our house as a pesky cold runs its course through the family.
A common home remedy for soothing sore throats is lemon juice mixed with honey; however, that isn’t always so easy to swallow, especially if you’re a kid. That’s where these tasty little sore throat candy drops come in.
The inspiration for these comes from the Herb Candies recipe found in the book Eat Well Feel Well by Kendall Conrad, (affiliate link) which by the way is a really great grain-free, refined-sugar-free cookbook, if you like cooking somewhat on the gourmet side. Since I am incapable of following any recipe exactly, I ended up with something a little different, but just as yummy.
Honey and Lemon Sore Throat Candy Drops:
- 1 stick of butter (1/4 lb or 113 grams) (or 6 tablespoons coconut oil)
- 1 cup of honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
- 1/8 cup of water
- 1 lemon
- (optional) a handful of herbs such as lemon balm or peppermint
Okay, so here’s where the optional part comes in. I wanted to give these a little anti-viral boost so I gathered a handful of lemon balm (melissa) from my garden and blended it up with a few tablespoons of water.
It’s looks really…. green, right? You think your kid will never go for it, right? Well, don’t worry, my kids wouldn’t either, but by the time we’re done with it, they’ll never know it’s there. Once blended well, strain it into a teacup and set aside until after the mixture cooks.
Now, we’ll want to melt the butter in a large saucepan, then add the honey, 1/8 cup water, and 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. This happens rather rapidly with my stove and within five minutes, the mixture is at 250 degrees. At this point, the book says to maintain the temperature for twelve minutes by adjusting the heat lower.
Mine ends up ready (300 degrees F) well before the 12 minute mark, so be prepared that that might happen if your temperature remains too high. Stir periodically during this time.
Keep cooking until it reaches 300 degrees, then add:
- 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
- OR 1 Tablespoon lemon juice and 1 Tablespoon herbal mixture
Be careful here! The added liquids cause a flare up of bubbles and a bit of spattering which quickly subsides upon stirring. Boil for one more minute.
Immediately pour into a parchment lined (or well buttered) 8×8 pan.
Once cool, remove from the pan and cut into strips then tiny squares. You’ll want to use two hands for cutting; one to hold the knife in place while the palm of the other presses against the back of the blade (the dull side!) all the way through to the cutting board in one clean rocking motion. Don’t do a back and forth sawing thing; it’s a bit too sticky at this point for that.
If kept in the refrigerator, these have a cough-drop-type texture that are perfect for sucking on to sooth the sore throat of a big kid or adult. They are just as delicious at room temperature, but will have more of the consistency of a caramel.
As a final reminder, you don’t have to be sick to enjoy these!
If you like this, I think you’ll love my Naturally Sweet Treats ebook!