Honey lollipops make sweet easy gifts for the tea or cider drinkers in your life. They are great to make for dinner parties as a favor, or an after dinner treat. I also like making them as stirrers for my regular cup of tea now and then.
You can make these at home with just a few ingredients you probably already have on hand. No lollipop molds needed.
- baking sheet
- bag of powdered sugar
- lollipop sticks (wooden skewers)
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1/3 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup water
- garnishes: citrus rinds, mint leaves, cinnamon, edible flowers, flavorings (optional)
Step 1: Molds
Grab a baking sheet (I lined mine with parchment paper just to make clean up easier). Pour on a heap of powdered sugar and smooth it out.
Using the bottom of a glass, or the lid to the honey as I did, press and twist firmly into the powdered sugar to make a deep well mold for your lollipops. I kept the spacing about an inch apart.
Step 2: Garnish
If you want to add garnishes to your lollipops do so now. I made three different kinds.
- Orange Cinnamon: orange rinds with sprinkled cinnamon. These will pair amazingly with a glass of apple cider.
- Orange Hibiscus: orange rinds with dried edible hibiscus flowers. Great with tea or apple cider.
- Vanilla Lavender: edible lavender and vanilla flavoring. Perfect for tea stirring (I poured these last, adding a few drops of vanilla flavoring to the remaining honey mixture before pouring).
Because we are Homespun over here, you know that if I didn’t have lollipop molds, then I surely didn’t have lollipop sticks. 🙂
That’s okay. We homespun’d it up. I had some wooden skewers in the drawer. Simply cut those down to lollipop size (cutting off the pointed end). I kind of like the wooden look better too. Place a lollipop stick in each mold. Want some other kitchen hacks? Check out these for the holidays.
Step 3: Cooking
Now grab a medium sauce pan. Before turning on any heat, pour in your sugar and distribute it evenly on the bottom of the pan. Pour your honey in the center of the sugar. Pour the water around the honey. Very gently with a wooden spoon, or high temp spatula, combine the ingredients. You don’t necessarily want to ‘stir’ the ingredients together, but just push them so that the sugar is soaked thoroughly in liquid.
Now turn on the heat. I started and kept my heat on a high medium (6-7) level. It won’t take long for the mixture to come to a roiling boil and when it does you may need to adjust the heat lower so it does not boil over, or simply take the pan off the heat for a few seconds. Stay with your pan and watch it, you don’t have to stir constantly, but don’t leave it unattended.
If you have a candy thermometer, *totally okay if you don’t, I have a trick for you* you will heat until the mixture reaches 305-310 degrees (hard crack stage).
If you don’t have a candy thermometer, grab a small bowl of very cold water. Occasionally drop a very drips of the mixture into the water. If the droplets when removed from the water harden up and become like a hard candy piece, that can not be manipulated with your fingers but only broken, it is ready! If the droplets remain moist or movable when removed from the cold water, then it needs to cook longer.
It typically takes around 20 minutes to reach the hard crack stage.
Step 4: Pouring
Once you have reached the hard crack stage, remove your pan from the heat. Work quickly, but safely, pouring the honey mixture into the well molds of the powdered sugar. Be careful not to overfill! You can always go back and add a bit more to each mold.
It won’t take long for the honey lollipops to cool and harden up. Wait at least 15-20 minutes to cool and set up.
You can now lift them out of the powdered sugar. A bit of sugar may cling to the back of the honey lollipops. Just tap lightly or even run them quickly under the sink water to remove. If you wash them under the sink, let them dry thoroughly before packaging.
Gifting Honey Lollipops
You can wrap them in cellophane with a ribbon, twist tie, or pretty tape. Gift the honey lollipops with some nice tea or apple cider.