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Homemade Cough Drops

Homemade Cough Drop Recipe

Homemade cough drops are great because you can make them your favorite flavor and even add immune-boosting herbs during cold and flu season.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 20 ounces
Author Debra Maslowski


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup tea (from above)
  • 1 Tbsp honey


  1. Measure the water, honey, and sugar into a pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Bring temperature to about 280°F, the soft-to-hard crack stage of making candy.
  3. Drop a bit into some cold water to see if it will form a ball. When you get to that point, you can take it off of the heat and allow it to cool just a bit.
  4. Using either a spoon or a small scoop, drip drops of the cough drop mixture into the molds (or the cookie sheet). If doing the latter, they may flatten or they may stay in a ball, depending on how hot you got the mix to when you boiled it. Make sure the pieces you make can fit into your mouth easily. I made mine much too big the first time and ended up with a bunch of pieces that looked like broken glass. Not bad, but not the drops that I was looking for.

  5. You can also cover them in sugar for a sanded look. This will keep them from sticking together as well.
  6. Allow it to cool completely. Place into a container, sealing well. Use when you have a cough.


It does call for sugar which is the basis for hard homemade cough drops. You can substitute about  25% of an alternative sweetener, but you'll need the sugar to form the drop. I use raw sugar or make my own, to make it healthier than refined sugar.

Honey is a humectant that can help attract moisture to a dry throat. If you have a wet cough with mucus, you might want to skip the honey. Molasses makes a good substitute.