I recently bought myself a lollipop mold so I can dabble in confectionary-making myself. Once it arrive in the mail, I excitedly hopped onto Pinterest to get some recipe inspiration right away. To my surprise, I was pretty disappointed to find that most of the recipes called for artificial flavoring and essential oils. I knew I wanted my ingredients to be a little less concentrated and more of a natural, less-overwhelming flavor. So, what the heck? Why not use tea? Thus, the lovely and wonderful lavender tea & honey lollipops!
These lollipops are awesome for kids and don’t contain all of the toxic ingredients that you find in mass-produced commercial lollipops. And with proper adult guidance and assistance, this could also be a fun activity to do with the kids on a rainy day!
Lavender is renowned for its calming properties, making this a soothing and relaxing treat for the whole family. Also, raw honey has been used in folk medicine to alleviate sore throats and to help with seasonal allergies. Not to mention, honey is delicious! With both lavender and honey combined, I can’t think of a better duo, they definitely make delicious lollipops! I’ve shared how to make them below.
LAVENDER TEA & HONEY LOLLIPOPS RECIPE
Makes 12 servings
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup of raw honey
- 1/4 cup of lavender tea
- Brew a pot of tea and reserve 1/4 cup
- In a small saucepan, combine the tea and sugar. With a medium simmer, dissolve the sugar while constantly stirring
- Add the honey and stir well
- Using a candy thermometer, lightly boil the mixture until it reaches 300 degrees (about 15 minutes), stirring constantly to avoid burning
- The mixture should be thickened with a golden brown hue
- Pour the mixture into the candy mold and place the sticks into the centers. Allow them to cool completely until they are hardened and carefully remove the lollipops from the molds