It’s officially time to break out those cauldrons and brew up something sweet for a Halloween treat! This homemade herbal lollipop recipe is a delicious candy filled with rich flavor and simple ingredients.
Watch the Golden Liquid Rise
As the concoction bubbled and boiled, I felt like a Sanderson sister stirring up something on a fall Salem night (minus the dead man’s toe). The light golden liquid rises as the fire brings it up to the perfect final temperature. If like me, you are new to making herbal candy, it’s a lot more approachable than you might think!. Give it a try this Halloween season; this recipe is a treat without the tricks!
We’ve all enjoyed a delicious pumpkin spice treat or a mug of warm chai during the fall, but this is something velvety good to add to your Halloween bucket list. Coffee, cinnamon, fennel, and clove brew together creating the most aromatic blend of flavors that fills your kitchen with an intoxicating smell.
When it comes to creating herbal treats, I love that this recipe eliminates the need for artificial flavors, but still gets bold results—results that come with added benefits too!
Coffee (Coffee Arabica)
A morning staple for some, and an herbal stimulant that is world-famous for the boost of energy it provides. Coffee is also known to bring a bold, delicious flavor to any recipe.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum)
A warm spice with a powerful purpose, cinnamon is helpful for circulatory stimulation, has antiseptic properties, and is a wonderful mouth cleaner. Considered a warming carminative, it is helpful for digestion as well (Easley & Horne, 2016). Cinnamon is one of my all-time favorites!
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
This licorice-like flavor is wonderful to stimulate digestion and calm the belly (Easley, 2016). In the form of a lollipop, it is perfect to get the digestive juices flowing.
Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Another powerhouse that is both perfect for the mouth and serves as a digestive aid. This warm spice compliments cinnamon, having much of the same helpful properties. It even brings a little analgesic calming to the mouth (Easley & Horne, 2016), which makes this a great lollipop ingredient.
All of these warming fall flavors come together in this herbal Halloween treat that isn’t going to give you a bellyache! Plus have you ever had a lollipop that’s actually giving your mouth some benefits versus a toothache? It’s all about balance when it comes to creating special treats. I love finding herbs that can help and taste great, even if the recipe calls for a little sugar!
Here is How to Create Your Own Halloween Lollipop Recipe
“Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble.” The saying is optional, but in true Halloween spirit, it is a great way to start this recipe. We could all use a little magic feeling these days!
This recipe is two-fold, a little aromatic coffee brewing and a little candy boiling. Combined, they come together to form a delicious and unique herbal lollipop treat! 2 tablespoons ground coffee
DIY Herbal Halloween Lollipop Recipe
½ teaspoon cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) bark
½ teaspoon fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) seed
½ teaspoon cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) flower bud
8-12 ounces hot water
1 cup sugar
½ cup raw organic honey
This recipe is two-fold, a little aromatic coffee brewing and a little candy boiling. Combined, they come together to form a delicious and unique herbal lollipop treat!
2 tablespoons ground coffee
These would be perfect for a Halloween carving party. A unique treat that you typically are not going to find in the candy aisle at the stores. If you’re not serving them at a function, store any leftover lollipops in an airtight container in the fridge. These get pretty sticky, use parchment paper to keep them from touching and sticking together.
As Halloween approaches and you are dreading the amount of sweet treats your family will consume, save this recipe. You will feel a little better knowing that creating your very own herbal lollipops is easily accessible and something fun to do together. Have fun stirring up your own magic!
Easley, T. & Horne, S. (2016). The modern herbal dispensatory: A medicine making guide. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books.