Watching liquid honey and powdery cinnamon transform into delicious and soothing hard cough drops is an exercise in science, cooking, and healing for both the home cook and the involved children. This recipe uses the healing properties of honey and cinnamon in an easy-to-consume little homemade cough drop. To keep the drops from sticking to each other, we roll in a cinnamon-sugar mixture, but if you are avoiding refined sugar, you can keep these drops in the freezer in single layers of between parchment paper.

This recipe is adapted from our Honey and Cinnamon Home Remedy for colds. Read here for more information about this time-proven remedy!

Soothing Honey-Cinnamon Cough Drops

Cuisine: dairy free, GAPS, Gluten Free, Nut Free
Keyword: natural remedy
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 50 drops
Calories: 11 kcal
Author: Cara

These homemade honey-cinnamon cough drops are simple to make on your stovetop, and contain a winning combination to soothe sore or itchy throats and clear stuffy noses.



Optional Cinnamon-Sugar Coating

  • 1 cup cane sugar cane sugar is never GMO, beet sugar often is
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. In the pot of your Instant Pot, or in a sauce pan for use on the stovetop (choose a medium-large sauce pan, it will bubble up), combine honey, cinnamon, and optional cayenne with a whisk.

  2. Remove whisk, clip on candy thermometer so that the bulb is in the honey mixture but not touching the bottom of the pot, and turn the Instant Pot on to Saute- Medium. Alternatively, heat pan on the stovetop over medium heat.
  3. Heat to hard crack stage (300* F). Do not stir at all during this time.
  4. As the honey mixture heats, place optional sugar and cinnamon for coating in a pie dish. Use your finger to make many small indentions all over the sugar.

  5. Once at the correct temperature, remove honey mixture from heat and working quickly, carefully spoon drops (about 1/4 teaspoon or desired amount) into the indentions in the sugar. This will take 2-3 'batches' in the cinnamon sugar.

  6. Allow to set for 5 minutes, then gently shake pie pan to cover the top of the cough drops with sugar. After cough drops are firm, remove to another plate and repeat dropping the warm honey-mixture into the cinnamon sugar.

  7. Continue to allow to set for 20 minutes.

  8. After candy is set, store in an air-tight container for a week. Store in the freezer for longer storage.

Recipe Notes

If not using cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat, use 4 silicone candy molds to mold cough drops. Alternatively, you can drop the mixture onto greased parchment paper.

Cinnamon-sugar excess from coating the cough drops can be saved and used to sprinkle on toast, in coffee, over fruit, or wherever else you are using sugar and a little cinnamon would be yummy!

GAPS notes: You can coat your cough drops in date sugar if desired, or omit this step. 

Nutrition Facts
Soothing Honey-Cinnamon Cough Drops
Amount Per Serving (3 cough drops)
Calories 11 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 2mg0%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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