It’s still cold and flu season and when you’re under the weather, nothing feels better on a cold day than the morning sun warming your face, a cup of hot tea, and a homemade cough drop to soothe that sore throat.
3/4 cup of simmering water
favorite tea (we used the “Echinacea Plus” from the tea sampler box from TRADITIONAL MEDICINALS TEA)
3/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of pure honey
8 drops Thieves essential oil – (If you wish to change the flavor, you can replace Thieves with lemon, peppermint, orange, or lavender essential oil)
Powdered sugar for cough drop molds
First make 3/4 cup of your favorite tea. While your cup of tea is steeping create your candy mold.
To make the candy mold, start by filling a 9″ x 13″ cake pan with a 1/2″ layer of powdered sugar. Using the back side of a round measuring spoon, or your thumb will work as well, make 60 or so small indentations in the powdered sugar to pour your hot candy into.
Now that your tea is ready, measure out 1/2 cup of that favorite tea. Combine the tea, sugar, and honey into a deep saucepan and mix well.
Clip your candy thermometer onto the side and place pan over med-high heat and cook until candy reaches 300 degrees F. Your mixture will “foam up,” but avoid stirring if possible.
Remove from heat, stir in essential oil of your choice.
Carefully pour hot syrup into powdered sugar (candy molds). Try using a heat proof glass measuring cup for this step.
Once cooled, roll each candy piece into the powdered sugar fully covering each piece to prevent them from sticking to one another.
IN THE END, we placed our cough drops into a canning jar for storage. Hopefully, we never get sick, but at least we can rest easy knowing that we have lots of cough drops to help with a sore throat.