Homemade Honey Sticks
Here are the materials that you will need for this project:
Honey: There are a lot of different types of honey that you can use. You can use any basic honey that you find on the shelf at your grocery store. Or you can find specialty honeys that are made primarily from one type of flower. Each different flower type gives a distinct flavor. Most areas with a lot of farm land will have bee keepers that will sell locally made honey.
Straws: Any plastic straw can work. I prefer to use clear strawing. The process is a little easier if you can see the honey as your are filling the straws. Also a clear straw shows off the delicious honey inside.
Candle: You need a heat source to seal the ends of the straw. I like to use a candle because it is stationary but you can also use a lighter.
Needle Nose Pliers: You need a pair of pliers to pinch the straw and hold it shut while sealing the ends. The narrow tip of needle nose pliers works best.
1. It is possible that something might grow inside the sticks. But it is unlikely because the straw should be completely sealed. So it should be just as good as the honey in the plastic bottle in your pantry. Also honey has natural preservatives that inhibit the development of microbes. But still honey should never be given to babies because they are much more sensitive to exposure.
2. Yes you could buy them. But making them yourself is more fun.
3. Plastic straws are typically made from polyproplylene
tedhair or polystyrene. These plastics are very unlikely to have any BPA present. These are the same plastics used in regular food containers which are also melted when formed. So again it is no different from eating honey from the plastic jar in your pantry. And even if trace amounts of BPA were present in the plastic, almost none of it would transfer to the food. So the exposure would be so low that it wouldn cause any health concerns. The only possible concerns would be for infants who shouldn be eating honey anyway.
There is a slightly easier way. Seal one end, warm the RAW honey to slightly warmer than room temperature, and pour slowly. If you have a squeeze bottle with a narrow tip, it makes it
tedshairs take much easier. You can also add other flavors to the bottle before warming to make it even more yummy. My favorite is cinnamon. So long as the honey is warm, but not enough to melt the straw, you won have an issue with trapped air bubbles.
Bonus, if you happen to know someone that does hair extensions, the fusion tool works like a heat crimper and makes it super easy to seal the straws!You can also use this method for making single use tubes of anything creamy/liquid: neosporin, calomine lotion, hydrogen peroxide/rubbing alcohol, shampoo/conditioner, etc.
Finally, you can also use heavy duty painters plastic sheeting
tedshair (15mil) and an iron, to make various sized sealed packets for individual use. This works especially well for camping/hiking where space is at a premium. If you are traveling with them, be sure to label them clearly to prevent unwanted questions 😉
The downside is all the disposed plastic, not very earth friendly.
You got my vote!! I will be making my own from now on I love the idea of using local honey. I recently purchased 3 of these sticks for $1.00 at a local craft fair. I asked the vendor if they hade made these and was surprised to learn that they had not. Yet, I was still thrilled to have found portable honey again lol It one of my favorite energy snacks and very hard to find in my area. I enjoyed reading all the comments and learning the additional uses too. The uses are limitless. How about a mini emergency sewing kit, an already threaded needle and a safety pin for extra measure? As long as there a enough room left, you can reseal all the non perishable ones. Whew. the wheels are turning, I apologize if you all can smell smoke hahahaha 😉
I am very interested in finding the wider straws for even more ideas. Depending on the plastic on your straws they might be recyclable. In our area, all plastics 1 7 can go into our recycling bin. Thanks
in case people arent aware, you have to be careful with honey. much of what they call honey isnt actually honey. it corn syrup. also, a lot of inexpensive honey comes from china and has the pollen removed so you cant tell where it from. (pollen is how you can determine country of origin). without pollen is NOT considered honey. there is also a problem with olive oil. a lot of it is flavored vegetable oil. consumer reports researched several brands and listed some that are real. (costco brand is real).