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How to Make Your Own Honey Straws

By Edited Apr 28, 2015 1 12

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A very popular snack at the local fair are the honey straws. Wouldn't it be great to have honey straws available year round? And at a price that doesn't seem like extortion? Now you can, by making your own honey straws at home.

Besides a popular snack for the kids, honey straws can be used in a variety of other ways. By keeping a few at the breakfast table, they can be used to flavor your favorite tea or coffee. Snip off the ends of a honey straw with scissors and use it to stir your drink. Hikers can use honey straws as a healthy energy snack that pack easily. Instead of buying over priced gel packs, runners can use honey straws to provide the energy they need on a long run.

Gathering the Materials
You can pick up straws at your local discount store, restaurant supply store, or party store. You should experiment with different straw thicknesses as well as diameters. The commercially packaged honey straws (also known as honey sticks, honey stix and honeystix) usually use a very thin straw. Just about any thickness should be fine with only the thickest of straws being hard to work with. You can also get different diameters of straws to hold different amounts of honey.

Next you need a way of filling the straws with honey. A squeeze bottle with a small hole that will fit inside the straw works perfectly. Many of the honey bear bottles have the right size hole for this. You can also use a large diameter plastic syringe for filling the straws.

A simple way to seal the straw is to use tape. You can also use a sealing machine that is used to seal plastic bags. Optionally you can use a lighter, or other open flame to seal the straw. This is the way I do it.

Finally, you need a supply of honey. Honey straws can be made with unflavored honey, or you can flavor the honey with just about any fruit. The honey needs to be heated to make it more runny, being careful not to heat it too much if you are looking for the health benefits of honey.

Filling Straw With Honey
Prepare the Straws
Cut your straws to the length you want. You can keep the straws at full length, or experiment to see how much honey you need for your coffee or tea if you want to use 1 straw per cup. If you are using tape to seal your straws, be sure to leave enough extra to double the straw over to seal the ends.

Warm the Honey
You don't need to heat your honey too much, just enough to make it runny. You can heat the honey by zapping it in the microwave, but you won't have much control over the amount it is heated. A better option is to place the honey container into a pot of hot water. The water from your faucet is probably warm enough to make the honey runny. The honey needs to flow freely from your syringe, or through the squeeze bottle, into the straw.

Filling the Straws
Using tape to seal the straw: Hold the bottom of the straw allowing air to flow through as the honey is put into the straw. When you get the straw almost filled, pinch off the bottom and fold it over so you can tape it. Leave room at the top to fold it over and tape. You can actually start at either end folding and taping.

Sealing Straw With Lighter
Using heat or flame to seal the straw: Hold the bottom of the straw allowing air to flow through as the honey is put into the straw. When you get the straw almost filled, pinch the straw and seal the top of the straw. Then seal the bottom. Follow the instructions on your electrical sealing machine if you are using one of those to seal the straws.

To seal the straw with a flame you need to heat the straw briefly and then pinch it closed with your fingers. This won't burn you. But if you have delicate fingers or are concerned, you can dip your fingers in water before pinching the straw. It is easiest to seal the top first and then the bottom.

Wash the straws and eat one to celebrate. You can store the straws in a cup on the table, or, if they disappear too quickly, you can hide them in the cupboard. Don't store them in the refrigerator or they will crystallize. There is nothing harmful about crystallization, but the honey won't flow as easily when you get ready to eat them. You can re-liquefy them by dropping the straws in hot water.

Unwrap, or bite off the end of the straw and enjoy a good healthy snack.

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Comments

Nov 9, 2010 10:41pm
dreamaker
Good ideas, good read too. Thumbs up!
Nov 10, 2010 7:38am
dpeach
These are fun to make. My favorite part is licking up the mess.
Nov 10, 2010 1:56am
Peaches
Your dad can learn a thing or two from you. That is a good article and I will take it to Doc to show him how to decrystallize his honey stix. Keep up the good work.
Nov 10, 2010 7:41am
dpeach
Thanks! This is a good way to make samples of your own honey types to give out or sell.
Nov 10, 2010 2:15am
askformore
Great idea! And I am certain kids would love to join making the honey straws.
Nov 10, 2010 8:10am
dpeach
Funny you should mention that. My 6 y/o daughter, who claims she hates honey, has a blast making them with me. She takes freshly made ones to everyone else and loves watching them eat them. But she has not tried one herself.
Nov 10, 2010 11:10am
BlogMakesMoney
thnaks for sharing this useful info
Nov 10, 2010 12:40pm
dpeach
Thanks for reading. These are simple and fun to make. That is, unless you are making hundreds of them. Then they would not be so fun.
Nov 10, 2010 11:11am
Lynsuz
Thanks for sharing. These would make a great gift for Christmas.
Nov 10, 2010 12:43pm
dpeach
Yes, they would. You could use different colored straws.

That makes me think of going to my great-aunt's house for Christmas. Everything was always decorated in a red and green theme. I can just picture sitting at the table with them drinking coffee and sucking on honey straws on Christmas morning.
Nov 17, 2010 8:25am
LoveSpaces
Thanks for this idea! Great! And as Christmas is coming - a perfect gift indeed.
Nov 17, 2010 3:29pm
dpeach
They can be a little messy to make, but they are fun. If you flavor the honey then you can give away an assortment of flavors too.
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