Honey sticks are a great little treat. They are delicious. They are portable. They have an extremely long shelf life. But most importantly, they are easy and fun to make. You may even want to get the kids involved. So here is a simple tutorial on how to make your own honey sticks.

Step 1: Materials

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. Can't it slowly develop Botulinium inside if it isn't vacuum sealed?<br><br>2. I'm pretty sure you can find them at stores too...<br><br>3.Of you melt the straw and then put food inside, you're prbably eating a little BPA which isn't something healthy to if you do this regularly
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.<br /><br />2. Yes you could buy them. But making them yourself is more fun.<br /><br />3. Plastic straws are typically made from polyproplylene 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't cause any health concerns. The only possible concerns would be for infants who shouldn't be eating honey anyway.
this is awesome! ima go make a few just to keep in my bag.<br><br>honey doesnt spoil anyway so why not.
<p>I really like this very good I am 11 yrs old and I think its awesome!</p>
<p>Gonna Use fat straws :)</p>
<p>I love this Intractable</p><p>Thank you</p><p>Rima</p>
<p>Oh that is so simple.</p><p>I can do this, Have you considered using craft mini funnels?</p>
<p>O.k., made these. The first few were a disaster, but once I got the hang of it, it went pretty easily. Some of the straws didn't seal properly and the honey leaked out. Thankfully I let them sit upright in a cup overnight, so minimal mess. I just cut the top off of the straws that were low on honey and warmed my pouring honey in the microwave and it poured into the straw easily. Great craft! Now, to see how they sell:)</p>
<p>Finally found these straws! Got them at Meijers, $1.48 for 50 6&quot; straws. These are the regular size straws. You can get them from GFS, but you have to buy like 5,000 of them! I will check the Asian stores for the wider ones. Making them very soon!</p>
<p>Wow! I'm going to make these and, hopefully, sell them at a craft show, in November, to raise money for animal rescues. Our local farmers market is tomorrow and I'm sure I'll find many different honey flavours there. Thanks to whomever mentioned that tip:) Thanks to everyone's tips, I read them all and they were all great! I'll let you know how they sell:) Oh, did I mention WOW?:)</p>
<p>Wow I remember having these when I was younger, but after that I never saw them in stores. This brings back great memories, and potential for other ideas. Thanks!</p>
<p>wow! thanks! I like honey sticks :D</p>
Ur picture are so clear good job
Thank you.
<p>This is a fabulous idea and actually gives me other ideas too! Thank you for sharing!</p>
<p>Absolutely AWESOME! I SO have to make these... thanks for sharing! </p>
<p>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 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't have an issue with trapped air bubbles. </p><p>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!</p><p><a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-FLAT-PLATE-Hot-Fusion-Hair-Extensions-Keratin-Bonding-Tools-Heat-Iron-Wand-/160927579073" rel="nofollow">http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-FLAT-PLATE-Hot-Fusion-...</a></p><p>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.</p><p>Finally, you can also use heavy duty painters plastic sheeting (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 ;)</p><p>The downside is all the disposed plastic, not very earth friendly.</p>
<p>You can just use hot glue for sealing. </p>
<p>I love honey sticks! But the comments can glitch out. This is not spam.</p>
<p>This is an awesome idea! I love honey sticks but I can never find them at my local stores. I made a few! They don't have the neatest ends but practice makes perfect. Thank you for this instructable!</p>
You've got my vote!! I will be making my own from now on &amp; I love the idea of using local honey. I recently purchased 3 of these &quot;honey&quot; 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's 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's 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 ;)<br>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 #'s 1-7 can go into our recycling bin. Thanks again!!
<p>is the sealing process safe??? </p>
About as safe as any other form of playing with fire. But it won't do anything to the honey.
<p>this is soooo awesome</p>
<p>Wouldn't it be easier to seal one side before starting? I can totally see myself pouring honey out one end while trying to seal the first side.</p>
If you have a narrow straw, air will be trapped in the straw and the honey won't fall to the bottom because the air bubble can't get around it.
<p>The way it's done in instructable - no. The air would get trapped and have no place to expand, you would then probably add pressure to the big bottle resulting in it getting loose and splashing honey all over your kitchen floor, wife, kids and dog (who wouldn't mind). Oh, and since air was trapped and already under pressure in the straw, it would push that honey back on you, if you somehow escaped unhoneyed after the initial big splash.</p><p>Felt like adding a little drama, nothing personal, cheers!</p>
<p>Time to draft my first Instructable:</p><p>How to make a honey straw volcano.</p>
<p>No, honey being the thick fluid it is, it would seal the air in and not be able to go into the straw.</p>
<p>It is so convenient</p>
<p>nice idea. i may use this for when i go hyking this summer. its low weight, easy to store and eatable on the go.</p>
It is also a good way to store other stuff like matches, neosporin, and seasoning for cooking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hom6Zr4Oxho
<p>I LOVE this idea! I'm making a pile for the grandkids! A note on the honey concern... yes, make sure it's real honey. Honey lasts forever and has been found in Egyptian tombs still good to eat. Local honey is always best because your are used to the pollens in your region and less likely to suffer allergic reactions. </p>
<p>I hate to be &quot;that guy&quot;, but the idea that local honey helps with allergies is bunkum. </p>
By golly, you're right &quot;that guy&quot;!
<p>That guy is right, <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCoQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.webmd.com%2Fallergies%2Ffeatures%2Fdoes-honey-help-prevent-allergies&ei=V4psU8uZLdbAoASsqYC4Dw&usg=AFQjCNHfwpJlcIk4_8wQ5hL81E3bbDsJLA&sig2=tZFBFfhMwgxF9WoS6FcrNA&bvm=bv.66330100,d.cGU" rel="nofollow">if you trust the folks at WebMD</a>.</p>
<p>in case people arent aware, you have to be careful with honey. much of what they call honey isnt actually honey. it's corn syrup. also, a lot of inexpensive honey comes from china and has the pollen removed so you cant tell where it's from. (pollen is how you can determine country of origin). &quot;honey&quot; 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's brand is real).</p>
<p>&quot;Much of what they **in North America** call honey isn't actually honey&quot;.</p><p>C'mon, there is a big wide world out here beyond your borders. [Forgive me for assuming you're in Nth Am if you're not].</p>
i dont understand your comment but my point is, if the pollen is removed, it is not recognized as honey. also, corn syrup in a teddy bear bottle is not honey. most people dont know about this and i just wanted to make people aware. manufactures rip off consumers all the time. consumers have a right to be aware.
<p>If it is labeled &quot;raw&quot; honey it is &quot;real&quot; honey. Raw honey can not be processed at all. Best if you get honey from an apiary near your own location. </p>
<p>The surface tension inside the straw is going to make the honey flow even slower than its usual frustrating pace. If you search the 'net for &quot;fat straws&quot;, you can find wider circumference straws that will reduce the surface-area to volume ratio and speed that up.</p><p><br>If you put your honey stick in warm water before opening them, that'll help, too.</p>
Another place that you can find really wide straws is an Asian grocery store. Straws for boba (bubble) tea are about 1 cm wide.
<p>Would you recommend dunking the melted tip into ice water to get the plastic to resolidify quickly?</p>
You can, but you don't really need to.
<p>So is the whole idea is to make honey portable ?</p><p>I was wondering can you freeze those and eat them like ice popcicle ?</p>
Honey doesn't really freeze in the same way that water does. It won't crystallize. It will just get really thick and viscous.
When honey gets cold it crystallizes
<p>If your honey crystallizes, put it in a warm water bath until it is liquid again.</p>
<p>This is a nice idea for people with kids or people wanting to take something like this camping. You could probably add food coloring (for people not against it that is).</p>

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