I saw a version of this recipe and felt sceptical. No way would it work. And no way would it take five minutes! So to make sure of this I cut the ingredient list to just two items. Sugar and Honey. No corn syrup here! But miraculously this was a quick and easy recipe for something almost impossible to buy. Plain honey drops. No lemon. No medicine. Just honey.
I first came across these long before I became a beekeeper when I lived in Japan and caught the most appalling cold. I was struggling badly so I took myself off to the pharmacy and threw myself on their mercy with my limited vocabulary. (I’m pretty sure their cold medicine still contains amphetamines or something but by god it worked!) They also gave me these most wonderful honey drops and I’ve never forgotten how soothing they were!
Makes approx 24 drops
200g granulated sugar
⁃ Microwave together in a large Pyrex jug, covered, for 3 minutes.
⁃ Carefully remove the cover and stir well. (It will have bubbled up and release steam as the cover comes off. Be careful!)
⁃ Replace cover and microwave for another two minutes.
⁃ Carefully remove the cover and stir again.
⁃ Pour into greased silicone moulds in trays of cold water.
⁃ Leave to set for 5-10 minutes then pop out.
⁃ Dust with icing sugar for storage. Store in an AIRTIGHT*
⁃ Consume within one week.
*This is important. Honey is hydroscopic and will absorb moisture and your drops will go sticky.