Lately June and I have been talking about the importance of pampering ourselves, even in the smallest ways. Something as simple as making a cup of tea or coffee can feel really special if you take the time to use things that mean a bit more to you; like a vintage tea cup or the special honey you only break out for company. Sometimes you need to treat yourself as well as you treat your guests. And these honey spoons are just that, they're easy to make and easy to use!
For this recipe you'll need:
1 cup honey
4 cups sugar
2 tbsp. vinegar
1/2 cup water
Plastic spoons or lollipop molds and sticks
Start by pouring the honey, sugar, vinegar and water into the saucepan and stir the ingredients to combine them. Attach a candy thermometer to the saucepan and position the sensor tip so that it doesn't touch the pan itself but dips in the honey mixture and turn the burner to high. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon as it heats to a boil. Wet a clean brush and use it to clean off the sides of the pan as the syrup cooks so that the mixture doesn't crystallize onto the pan. Reduce the heat so that the honey simmers gently. Cook the mixture until it reaches the hard-crack stage, which is around 300 to 310 degrees on the candy thermometer. To check the stage beyond the temperature, drop a small spoonful of the mixture into a glass of cold water. If it's ready, the candy hardens instantly and is brittle. Remove the honey mixture from the heat and place the pan into an ice bath for 10 to 15 seconds to stop its cooking. Stir the candy gently to remove air bubbles. Spray the baking sheet or lollipop molds with cooking spray. For lollipop molds, lay the lollipop sticks in place. Dip the spoons into the honey, ensuring that the bowl part of the spoon is covered and filled with the honey. Lay the spoons onto the greased baking sheet. If using molds, pour the honey mixture into the compartments about 2/3 full. Allow the honey to cool and harden. Remove the honey dippers from the lollipop molds if you used them. Wrap the spoons with cellophane and tie a ribbon or twist tie for decoration.
Once your honey spoons are done you're ready to enjoy! My fiancé and I use honey in both our tea and coffee so there are plenty of opportunities to use these spoons around my house. My favorite kind of tea is throat coat, I learned about it when I had a cold once and I liked it so much I drink it whether I have a cold or not!
And of course one of the very best parts about having a cup of tea is who you get to share it with; make sure it's with someone who makes you laugh as much as June made
me laugh here! And what's even better is that
these make the perfect gift or favor! It is officially tea season now after all.
Soma & Ulte