DIY Honey Lemon Candy

✧・゚: * We wish you a [belated] Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 🎄🎁 *:・゚✧

Here in Calgary, it is snappy cold. It is so cold that I seldom leave the house unless I absolutely have to freeze my face off. Yesterday, I needed to run some errands and happened to stumble upon a pharmacy that had Pfizer vaccines. The timing was right, so I ended up getting my 3rd Covid-19 booster shot. So far so good – I have a sore arm, but otherwise I feel fine. These days, I am still trying to avoid the general public as much as possible without resorting to a complete hermit lifestyle. The temperature here is disgusting, and there is nothing glamorous about staying frosty. Last night, it was -30°C (celsius) which is stupidly #cold.

Tis’ Flu Season Too

Not only is it unbearably cold AF, but it is also cold season (pun intended) ❄ I know that everyone is sick and tired of the pandemic so I don’t want to harp about the importance of getting vaccinated. I did what was best for me and you need to do what is best for you. I know that my immune system is not very good and I even wrote about my crappy immune system in an older blog post. I try my best to stay healthy, but sometimes sickness cannot be prevented regardless of how cautious and healthy you are. Sure, you can sanitize your hands and wear a mask all you want, but at the end of the day, there’s still a chance that you will get sick.

(◔_◔)っThink about it this way: It’s not a matter of if you catch it. It’s a matter of when you catch it. 😷

Thank goodness that I am not sick right now *knock on wood* but when I am sick, I usually get a sore throat. If I don’t get a sore throat, it’s usually a bad head cold. Head colds and sore throats are icky, and I really don’t care for the store-bought throat lozenges. The most effective throat lozenges usually contain eucalyptus which is so overpowering and makes me wanna gag. Eukalyptus is definitely an acquired taste. Sure, an alternative is store-bought vitamin C drops which are pretty palatable but they can be quite pricy for what they are, and I much rather get my mega doses of Vitamin C from fresh citrus fruits! 🍋🍋

I hope that my dear readers aren’t sick right now and that everyone stays healthy this holiday season. Whether or not you have a sore throat right now, I have a special honey lemon candy recipe to share with you today. This recipe tastes like store-bought candy but it is healthier and cheaper than what you would typically find in the supermarket. To be honest, I did not change the original recipe all that much; I used slightly less sugar in mine. Here is the link to the original candy recipe: https://www.manusmenu.com/honey-hard-candy

Even though the author says that you need a candy thermometer, I haven’t been able to find one. I made this recipe a handful of times without a candy thermometer and it worked fine. You really need to keep a close eye on the candy or you might end up with burnt sugar instead. An alternative to a candy thermometer is to take a cold bowl of water, and using a spoon, scoop some of the mixture out of the pot and transfer it to the bowl of water. If the candy sticks to the spoon and hardens right away, then that’s the texture you want. Also, this recipe calls for 6 tbsp. of sugar but I prefer to use 4 tbsp. of sugar for a tarter lemony flavor 🍋 It really depends on your personal preference! 😅

Not convinced yet?

Here are some photos of my cute heart-shaped candy creations. I hope that you enjoy making this DIY honey lemon candy recipe as much as I did. If you enjoyed this recipe and would like me to share more candy recipes in the future, please let me know in the comments below ↓ Have a safe and healthy New Year everyone! 🎉😷

Thanks for stopping by! ♥

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39 thoughts on “DIY Honey Lemon Candy

  1. strawberryandcream says:

    Oh my gosh, I’ve been over here complaining about -2 degrees C in Oregon… I cannot even fathom what -30 feels like!! Those heart-shaped candies are so adorable! Almost cute enough to make you forget about the cold 😋❄⛄

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Sometimes pay is an incentive to get ppl to move here! Especially up north. We’re north but not north-north. Given the option, I would love to live in a warmer climate 🌴 I’m not cut out for Alberta, Canada 🇨🇦 #brrr

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      It’s above freezing today and we finally got a few days of warmer weather d/t a chinook. We get chinooks throughout the winter here in Alberta, and it’s nice after having to deal with 3 weeks of extreme cold warnings. I actually managed to get outside today and go for a walk. I saw sunlight! ☀️

      Thank you, Eugi! I think the hearts are very cute. I might make some more honey lemon drops if there’s time later today.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      I’ve been to Winnipeg once in my lifetime. I can imagine that it was a culture and climate shock moving from Brazil to Canada.

      You’d be surprised. You probably have the ingredients in your pantry and fridge. The candy doesn’t last long in my house! Thank you for commenting! 🙂

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  2. hellosamanthadear says:

    First off, merry belated Christmas and a happy new year to you, too!!! I can not imagine what -30 C would feel like…yikes!! That’s nuts ! That’s great that you got your booster shot; I’ll be getting my booster in early March. These honey lemon candies are delightful! What a great idea to make them yourself rather than having to get them at the store. And the heart shape is so cute!! 💓

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      I’m a couple months late replying to you which is terrible, I know 🤭 We had some pretty unbearable weather in December and January with 2 weeks of milder “slightly below freezing temperatures.” Now, we are dealing with ridiculously cold temps again. Ugh 😑

      Thank you! The heart shapes make the candies extra cute 🥰

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      I’m jealous! We would be OK with moving to Texas except our parents are guilt-tripping us into staying in Canada or moving closer to southern Ontario, Canada, where they live. Ontario is very expensive which is why we moved to Alberta in the first place.

      We live far from home (2000 miles away) and the winters are colder out west than they are in the east. I’m totally over it right now and ready to move. Texas sounds nice and warm! ☀️ My husband has cousins who live in Texas.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      I’m obsessed with the heart silicone molds lol I have a bunch of them! ♥️ That’s a good idea to make some for Valentines Day – so cute! 🥰

      We still have a lot of Christmas candy left but once we’re done with that I plan on making more of these honey lemon candies to get us through the winter. They’re delicious and I highly recommend them! 😋🍋

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you, Amy! I was really sick last week/weekend and couldn’t muster up the energy to make these honey lemon candies, so I ended up with the store-bought kind which isn’t the same lol I need to remind myself to make these candies before I become sick with the plague. Thankfully, it wasn’t covid but it sure felt like a covid-like plague. 😷

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