We were fortunate to be able to visit a family friend on a recent trip to Pennsylvania. Unfortunately we brought home an unwanted souvenir, a cold. It was nothing serious, but the boys did have an annoying tickle that seemed to present itself in their throat in such a way that none of us got much sleep.
After posting honey recipes to our facebook page last month, I decided to give making honey cough drops a go. After all, I’d almost made them on accident several times while cooking with honey. I snagged a jar of our Lemon Zest and Ginger Root Infused honey. I’d read that lemon oil is good for coughs as it’s anti-inflammatory, high in vitamin C, and is antibacterial, and that ginger can relieve a sort throat, so it seemed only natural to make my cough drops from our Lemon and Ginger Honey (pictured above) I used 9 oz of lemon ginger honey, and simply cooked it until it reached 300*F on a candy thermometer. I wanted to make sure that it got to the proper temperature, so I left it on the heat for a bit after it reached 300*. This was almost a terrible mistake, as honey can go from hot to scorched in a matter of seconds. I got the first whiff of the honey getting too hot and immediately poured it into a greased pan I had prepared. I think if I would have left it go for another couple seconds it would have tasted burnt. After pouring the honey into the greased pan, I let it cool and attempted to cut it. As the French would say, “C’est impossible!”
After being in the freezer for a while, the honey cough drops hardened up and I bent the pan back and forth to break them up. Then I tossed them in a mixture of powdered sugar and vitamin C powder. The result is actually quite delicious, as the honey caramelized just a touch, and the lemon and vitamin C powder add just a bit of tang. These little cough drops also multi-task as filling removers, so chew with caution.
Honey Cough Drop Recipe
! 9 oz jar of Bee Lovely Botanicals Lemon Ginger Honey (or 9 oz of your favorite honey)
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vitamin C powder
Heat honey to 300*, being careful not to scorch it. Pour into greased pan and transfer to freezer until cooled. Break apart and coat in powdered sugar and vitamin C powder mix.