I Got What You Need

…for the cold & flu season, that is. How about Honey-vanilla-cayenne throat drops? Um, yes, please.

If I get a scratchy throat, I usually do a comforting shot of this lemon-honey-cayenne liquid blend. But I thought, what do I do if I’m away from home & want that same awesome and tasty remedy? Hello?! You can cook honey, yo.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 Cup Honey
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional, but it’s awesome!)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put the honey & vanilla in a medium sized saucepan. Use a candy thermometer and while stirring occasionally over medium heat (no hotter!) wait until it gets to 300 degrees (hard crack stage). Hard crack, haha. There’s a joke in there, but I digress… So remove from heat once it reaches 300 degrees (be patient, it takes almost 10 minutes) and pour directly into silicone candy molds to let cool.

Don’t have candy molds? No worries, goofballs. You can create your own temporary mold by mixing equal parts powdered sugar and cornstarch to fill at least 1″ layer of a square baking pan (or equivalent) and use your thumb or some other tool to make uniform (or not, you free spirits, you) but not all the way to the bottom imprints & then pour the candy mixture into the holes you create and let cool. Wrap in parchment, wax paper, or whatever else you have. They last about 2 weeks but its doubtful that it’ll take you that long to eat them. So. Yum. Also try other flavors- lemon, grapefruit, maybe some savory ones like rosemary/mint? Oh the ideas…

Additionally, if you’re feeling all clogged up, you can make these eucalyptus shower melts to help with congestion.

Feel better, sickos!

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