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homemade cough drops

Homemade Cough Drops Recipe

The Homesteading Hippy
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Calories 25 kcal


  • coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon-ginger honey
  • 3/4 cup mint sugar
  • herbs optional


  • Prepare a loaf pan with parchment paper and lightly greased with coconut oil.
  • Over low heat, simply melt the oil and sugar and honey together over low heat. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil and boil until it’s at a hardball stage, about 250 to 300°. A candy thermometer can come in handy here! The foam should come up the sides of the pan - when it does, remove it briefly from the heat and let the foam subside before you start boiling again. [mv_img id="20619"]
    melting sugars together
  • Pour the mixture carefully into the loaf pan and allow to cool just long enough to handle, about 10 minutes. [mv_img id="9228"]
    cooling the mixture in the pan
  • Cut the cough drop mixture. It may still be hot in some places, so take care cutting it. Using a sharp knife, cut into 32 equal pieces. You can wrap them in wax or plastic paper if you desire, but I found that I didn’t need to, as my family needed these NOW and there wasn’t much of a risk of them sticking together. [mv_img id="9229"]
    homemade cough drops
  • Store at room temp in an airtight container.


If you don’t want to deal with cutting the cough drop mixture, an alternative is to drop the hot mixture onto a silicon baking mat or to use a candy mold to form your drops. You will only need to wait about fifteen to twenty minutes to allow the drops to cool.
Sometimes, I let the cough drop mixture sit overnight. This can help them firm up a bit more. You can also toss them with confectioner’s sugar (or cornstarch), if you choose, which will give them more staying power.