Finding a treat that your kids will love and that is healthy for them can be tough. Healthy treats from the grocery store can be deceiving and have hidden ingredients like “natural flavors”, and other harmful additives. These homemade immune-boosting lollipops are made with simple ingredients like honey, ginger, and lemon! They also only take about 15-20 minutes to make! So get your lollipop molds ready and make these healthy homemade lollipops!
What’s in a homemade lollipop?
For these lollipops, I started with good quality honey. Heating the honey does cause it to lose nutritional value, but I chose to use it anyway. Next, I put in lemon zest, lemon juice, and ginger. I used dried organic ginger, but freshly grated ginger or the juice of fresh ginger could also be used.
Lastly, I used an immune boost tincture with awesome ingredients like echinacea, and elderberry. It also had red-banded polypore, grape root, and bitter orange peel. Let’s look at some of the healthy benefits of these ingredients.
- Lemon zest-Lemon zest is high in vitamin C. It fights against bacterial infections and fungi.
- Ginger– Naturally treats cold and flu symptoms and relieves pain due to anti-inflammatory properties.
The immune boost tincture has:
- Echinacea– increases the immune system. Combats colds. Helps reverse inflammation caused by the flu. Helps to reduce excessive mucus.
- Elderberry– Prevents flu and cold viruses from invading cells, and activates the immune system. Elderberry also helps alleviate respiratory conditions.
- Red-banded polypore- It is highly anti-inflammatory. Highly immune-supporting.
- Oregon Grape root- Immune system booster. Can help with stomach issues like cramps and abdominal pain.
- Bitter orange peel– Great for gastrointestinal issues, and sore throat. Its also great for headaches, diarrhea, and eases chest and stomach pain.
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Store lollipops have bad ingredients!
When we give our kids store-bought lollipops we are filling their little bodies with horrible ingredients. Organic brands are better, but still have “natural flavors” which can be harmful. Let’s look at a few of the ingredients in store-bought lollipops.
- Artificial flavors– this is made of chemicals and can be a combination of up to 100 ingredients!
- Natural flavors– I know this sounds better, but it’s still bad. Although it’s made up of ingredients found in nature, that’s not all it is. Natural flavors also have preservatives, emulsifiers, and other additives that could make up to 80% of the ingredient.
- Natural flavors in organic products– It’s actually not organic and may contain additives.
- Artificial dyes– these are horrible. They are linked to cancer, hyperactivity, tumors, asthma, and ADHD.
Making lollipops isn’t hard and it turns into a fun project to do with your kids!
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Homemade Lollipops | immune-boosting
- candy thermometer
- Lollipop molds
- 1/2 cup honey
- zest of one lemon
- 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp dried ginger or grate fresh ginger
- 4 droppers immune boost optional - will link this in the recipe notes.
- Layout your lollipop molds and place the sticks in.
- In a small saucepan measure in honey, the zest of one lemon, lemon juice, ginger, and immune boost.
- Heat on medium heat and place your candy thermometer in the pan like pictured above.
- Heat to a boil while whisking often. Heat until the thermometer reaches 300 degrees. (This took me about 10 minutes.) then turn off the heat and fill your molds.
- With a spoon, spoon into the lollipop molds. You may need to adjust your sticks as it hardens.
- Allow to cool completely, then pop the lollipops out and dust with a little powdered sugar or stack them with waxed paper. Store with wax paper separating them in a cool dark place. If your kitchen is hot you may want to store them in the fridge.