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Honey Drops Recipe: 5-Minute Microwave Honey Drops for Tea!

These honey drops for tea are so easy to make at home. This method can also be used to make cough drops, herbal drops, or hard candy! Check out the directions and get the printable recipe below.

Honey drops for tea recipe with a tea mug and finished honey drops in a bowl.

You can use this quick microwave hard candy method to make flavored hard candy, throat drops, or like I did here, sugary honey drops for tea.

Once you know the melt times, you can easily add flavors and colors to mix it up. You can also use this particular recipe to make honey spoons, which would just require sucker sticks or wooden melting spoons at the end rather than molds.

Honey Drops for Tea Recipe

Mug of tea and homemade honey drops candy to sweeten it.

Ingredients for Honey Drops:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4th cup light Karo syrup
  • 1/4th cup honey (we used an organic fall flavored honey from our farmers market and it was great!)
  • powdered sugar (optional)
  • food coloring/flavoring (optional)
  • heart mold
A microwavable dish with honey, sugar, and Karo syrup in it to make honey drops for tea.

Ingredients for Regular Hard Candy in the Microwave:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light Karo syrup
  • powdered sugar (optional)
  • food coloring/flavoring (optional)

Mix your granulated sugar, Karo and honey in a microwave safe glass bowl. Cover with Cling wrap.

A bamboo spoon stirring hard candy ingredients in a microwavable casserole dish.

Spray your molds lightly with non-stick spray.

Place glass microwave safe bowl in microwave on high for 3 minutes. Remove (use oven mitts!) and CAREFULLY remove plastic wrap. Steam WILL come out and you WILL burn your hands/fingers/face if you do not take care to peel it off away from you.

Quickly stir the mixture (which will likely have bubbles) and add a new piece of cling wrap plastic. Place back in microwave for 2 minutes.

5-minute microwave honey drops recipe graphic with step-by-step pictures.
Honey drops in heart molds.

Set your mold tray on a cookie sheet with cold water underneath.

Remove the melted mixture and pour into oiled molds. I used a little scoop to pour.

Let set (5 -10 minutes) and then pop out of molds. They should slide out with no issues.

Now you can lightly dust with powdered sugar for storage.

A mug of water with a finished honey drop in the mug and honey drops on waxed paper beside it.

TIP: If you are going to make a lot of your candies or honey drops, dust with powdered sugar before storing to prevent sticking together.

Finished honey drops in a glass bowl for storage.

How to Clean Up Hard Candy in A Bowl:

So you may be asking yourself… how do I clean this hard candy out of the bowl now?? It’s HARD! After I made these I automatically put the glass bowl into the sink and turned on the water… which instantly hardened the candy and made it impossible to remove. DRR.

No worries if you did the same thing! Just fill your bowl with enough water to cover the bottom of the bowl where the candy is, put on another piece of plastic wrap, and put in microwave for approximately 2 minutes.

The honey/sugar will melt right into the water and once you carefully remove from microwave, just pour the melted sugar water in the sink. If all the candy isn’t melted, add more water and put back in the microwave.

Honey Drops for Tea 5-Minute Microwave Recipe

  • Honey Drops
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 th cup light Karo syrup
  • 1/4 th cup honey (we used an organic fall flavored honey from our farmers market and it was great!)
  • powdered sugar (optional)
  • food coloring/flavoring (optional)
  1. Mix your granulated sugar, Karo and honey in a microwave safe glass bowl. Cover with Cling wrap. Spray your molds lightly with non-stick spray.
  2. Place microwave safe bowl in microwave on high for 3 minutes. Remove (use oven mitts!) and CAREFULLY remove plastic wrap. Steam WILL come out and you WILL burn your hands/fingers/face if you do not take care to peel it off away from you.

  3. Quickly stir the mixture (which will likely have bubbles) and add a new piece of cling wrap plastic. Place back in microwave for 2 minutes.
  4. Set your mold tray on a cookie sheet with cold water underneath.
  5. Remove the melted mixture and pour into oiled molds. I used a little scoop to pour.
  6. Let set (5 -10 minutes) and then pop out of molds. They should slide out with no issues.
  7. Now you can lightly dust with powdered sugar for storage.
Microwave hard candy graphic showing how to make hard candy step-by-step.
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