Does your little one have a sore throat? For kids too young for throat lozenges, sore throat suckers are a great alternative. They're easy to make too!
When my kids were little, I would never let them have hard candies, cough drops or throat lozenges. I was always afraid they'd choke. Better safe than sorry, right?
A great alternative for young kids is sore throat suckers. You get all of the same benefits of traditional throat lozenges and cough drops without the choking risk.
Honey is so great at soothing sore throats, and it tastes great too! I added elderberries, rosehips, cinnamon and echinacea for extra immune support too. Rose hips are a great source of natural vitamin C too!
Just like my recipe for Lemon Thyme Cough Drops, you need to take your time and be very careful not to scorch the honey. Trust me, scorched honey is not a flavor your kids will appreciate. If you scorch the honey, you'll have to dump the batch and start over. So take your time 🙂
You can use these suckers as needed for sore throats, coughs and general immune support. The kiddos will love them!
If you want something you don't have to DIY, Little Remedies makes Sore Throat Pops with so-so ingredients (other than the corn syrup). You also won't get all of the added immune-boosting herbs that you get with these DIY Sore Throat Suckers. I haven't found sore throat suckers with super clean ingredients you can buy yet.
Are you ready to take the plunge and make your own Immune Boosting Sore Throat Suckers? Here's the recipe!
Immune Boosting Sore Throat Suckers Recipe
Ingredients and Supplies
- 2 cups of filtered water
- 2 tablespoons elderberries
- 2 tablespoons rosehips
- 2 tablespoons echinacea
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 1/2 cups of organic honey
- Medium-sized saucepan
- Candy thermometer
- Silicone sucker molds
- Slippery elm bark powder or vitamin C powder
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil with the elderberries, rosehips, echinacea and cinnamon stick. After it comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Cover the pan, remove from heat and allow it to sit undisturbed for 30 minutes to allow the herbs to fully infuse.
- Once the infusion is complete, strain the herbs, then combine 1 cup of the herbal infusion with 1 1/2 cups of honey in a medium-sized sauce pan. Don't use a small sauce pan.
- Set the extra liquid aside. If you combine it with some raw honey to taste, you’ll have a simple elderberry syrup.
- Heat over medium until the temperature of the mixture reaches 300 degrees F. This will take approximately 30 minutes. You can test to see if it's done by putting a drop of the mixture into a glass of ice water. If it immediately hardens, it’s done. This is how I test my sore throat suckers since we live at altitude and water boils at a different temperature than it does at sea level.
- When your sore throat suckers mixture is done, immediately remove your pan from the heat. Stir until the bubbles dissipate.
- Pour the mixture into sucker molds and insert sticks (or a small silicone mold if you prefer to make lozenges). Do this quickly before the mixture hardens in the pan.
- Allow the suckers to cool completely.
- Once they’re cool, coat each side of the sucker in slippery elm bark for extra throat soothing or vitamin C powder for extra immune boosting. The powder also helps keep them from sticking together.
- I prefer to store our sore throat suckers in the fridge to keep them nice and firm in any temperature. They'll also be less likely to stick together.