One of our goals for Wellness Week was to come up with an easy treat for on the go than can also provide an increase in, you guessed it, wellness! Our underlying hope was to make it sugar free, but after a few failed attempts using healthy sweeteners we finally gave in that good old cane sugar might be the healthiest option for successful sucker making, or they aren’t so much suckers as they are puddles of jelly.
We will be talking all about essential oils here soon, but for this honey pop we used lemon, which contains natural cleaning properties that promote detox and boost the immune system. Perfect for Winter! You could also use wild orange for colds or calming, peppermint for nausea, ginger for upset tummies. The possibilities are endless!
In a heavy pan, combine sugar, the sweetener of your choice, and water. Over high heat, bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-high and continue to boil until honey mixture reaches 300°F (hard-crack stage), about 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Add essential oil, beet juice (for coloring!) and mix well. Pour onto a sil-pat and insert sucker sticks. Cool completely and enjoy!