Homemade Cough Drops

I never tire of homemade cold remedies. I got a pretty bad cold this week and really wished I had made some of these delicious homemade cough drops. A nasty cold is particularly awful to have during cold winter months.

I will definitely be making  more of these to have on hand the next time a cold hits. It’s simple, easy, and way better than your average chemical-filled cough drops. Regular store-bought cough drops often have artificial colorings and flavorings in them. They might be able to soothe your cough but they sure won’t help prevent cancer!

Try this simple and wholesome recipe instead. Let’s get started.


4 TBS coconut oil

1/2 cup honey

1 tsp ground ginger

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp mint extract


  1. Prepare a loaf pan lined with parchment paper, lightly greased with coconut oil
  2. Over low heat, melt all the ingredients together in a saucepan
  3. Stirring constantly, slowly bring the mixture to a boil, at about 250 degrees. (This is called the “hardball” stage in candy making, the point at which the mixture will harden once it has cooled
  4. Carefully pour the mixture into the parchment-lined loaf pan and let cool until you can safely handle it, about 10 minutes. You won’t want to wait much longer
  5. Cut the hardened mixture up into whatever size pieces you like
  6. Individually wrap each piece in wax paper, aluminum foil or lightly dust with cornstarch to prevent sticking
  7. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. These will keep for about a year.

Hope this is helpful for you this cold season! Would also make great gifts for any illness-prone relatives. Enjoy!

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One comment on “Homemade Cough Drops

  1. I always carry some kind of cough drops with me. (I use an empty tin from a commercial breath mint.) It’s not unusual for me to get a coughing fit at inconvenient times (such as in church) due to change in temp and humidity from outdoors to inside. But the typical drop is often much too big to alleviate the tickle that causes these fits. I’d really like some much smaller sizes. Tried smashing the commercial drops, but that didn’t work well. I can see making these drops and using my “specialty” measuring spoons (Tad, Pinch, Dash, Smidgeon and Drop) to literally “drop” this mixture onto parchment paper and make my own smaller drops.

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