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Homemade Hard Honey Candy To Soothe Your Sore Throat

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There you are, suffering from the worst cold and sore throat you have ever been faced with. So much so, your Amazon wishlist has turned into a full pharmacy filled with hard honey candy, lotion facial tissues, and Vicks vapor rub. 

To your horror, when you were ready to hit the process button; the sore throat lozenges are on backorder?!?!?!?!? What?

I know what you’re thinking, homemade hard honey candy is just too difficult of a task to take on. 

That, my friend, is not the truth and these candies could be whipped up quickly. I’m going to show you how to create the CUTEST and most soothing homemade honey hard candies that will have your friends and family requesting get well packages from you.

Here’s a secret – making candy is so easy, and if you use cute molds, your friends will think you slaved all day. 


You probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen and spice rack. Yup, we can add some spices in the recipe as well to make them more “Gourmet Like.”

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How Do You Harden Honey?

You can harden honey by boiling the honey to a temperature of 300 degrees and then letting the honey cool. This causes the honey to thicken and harden. If left alone, honey will also harden naturally or crystalize over time. 

Crystallized or hardened honey does not mean it is no longer usable, and you can soften the Honey back to a liquid consistency very quickly.

To do so, you can place the heat-proof honey bottle or jar in hot water. The bottle should be submerged; however, it should not surpass the container’s top since you do not want to leak any water into the Honey itself.

To accomplish this, I usually add water to a saucepan and heat the water. The water should be turned off before boiling. Next, place your honey container in hot water for about fifteen minutes or until the Honey has returned to its original consistency.

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Can I Use Silicone Molds For Homemade Hard Honey Candy?

Yes, silicone molds can be used for hard candy. Since silicone molds are flexible, they work well to remove your candy from the mold without any breakage.

Although not necessary, we found it helpful to spray a very light coat of cooking spray when working with very detailed candy molds.

The next time I make this recipe I will be creating Honey Lollipops with this candy mold. 

How Do You Make Honey Candy?

Making hard honey candy is as simple as placing your main ingredients- sugar, water, and honey- into a saucepan on high heat until the mixture reaches 300 degrees. Once it does, you pour the candy mixture into your mold of choice to let them cool and set. 

You see, making candy out of honey is not as difficult as it seems! I’m fully confident that you can do it, and yes, I do mean YOU!

Homemade Honey Candy Recipe

Easy Homemade Hard Honey Candy Recipe To Try

These homemade hard honey candies are very soothing when suffering from a sore throat.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • Saucepan
  • Candy Molds
  • Parchment paper
  • Candy Thermometer


  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 tb Water
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • Pinch Ginger, grated *optional
  • Pinch Lemon Peel. grated *optional


  • Get your silicone molds ready and place parchment paper down on the area you will be working to make cleaning up a snap!
  • Begin by adding sugar, water, and honey to a small saucepan.
  • Start stirring the mixture on medium heat and continue to stir CONSTANTLY to ensure all the sugar is dissolved.
  • Once your sugar is dissolved, you can turn up the heat.
  • If you plan to add flavoring to your candy, you'll want to use a food thermometer. You'll ideal temperature should be around 300 degrees before adding spices such as cinnamon.
  • You can also add in grated Ginger or Lemon peel; however, I would not recommend this if using a detailed mold.
  • Allow candy to harden for a few minutes before enjoying them.


Some people find it helpful to spray cooking spray for detailed molds; however, I skipped this step, and my candy came out without any issues.
Also, I found it best to store my honey candy on a covered plate in the refrigerator. Regardless of any recipe, I tried the candy was just too tacky to leave on the counter.

Is Hard Candy Good For A Cough?

Hard candy can be good for a cough, but it’s not a cure-all. It can help to soothe the throat and provide relief from coughing. In addition, hard candy can also help to keep the mouth moist, which is important when you’re trying to recover from a cough.

However, it’s important to note that hard candy doesn’t actually help to get rid of the bacteria or viruses that are causing the cough. So if you’re suffering from a cold or the flu, then hard candy may not be as effective in providing relief. In those cases, it’s best to consult with your doctor about the best treatment options for you.

Is Honey Candy Healthy?

Yes, honey candy is healthy! Honey is high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It also has a high level of nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Candy made with honey is a great source of energy and can help to boost your immune system.

Whether you’re sick with a sore throat or just in search of a good hard honey candy, why not take a stab at making your own? The process isn’t as hard as I’m sure you thought. Plus, being able to customize the flavors that you want is an added bonus! 

So, get cookin’ good lookin’, and make that hard honey candy!

If you’re in the mood for a quick dessert and you love Guava Pastries you may be interested in trying out this recipe.

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Lorikay

    I put honey in my coffee and was looking for a way to make it hard so that I can just drop a cube in my coffee. I dont want anything else in it, just honey. Can I just bring the honey to 300 degrees?

    1. Rebecca

      Yes, you can just bring the honey to 300 degrees. However, it’s important to note that there are different types of honey and each variety has a different level of moisture.

      1. Melle

        Hi Rebecca! Can I subtitute the sugar to coconut sugar? Thank you.

        1. Rebecca

          Hey there, I’ve used coconut sugar in some recipes but haven’t tried it on this one. I would give it a shot and adjust it if needed.

  2. Anonymous

    I often use a simpler recipe which is just microwaving honey in a silicone mold for 30 secs to 1 min

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