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Homemade Honey Sticks

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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.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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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.

Step 2: Cut the Straws to the Desired Length

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The first thing that you need to do is cut the straws to the desired length. Keep in mind that you will lose about a centimeter on each side during the sealing process.
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I love this Intractable

Thank you

Rima

Oh that is so simple.

I can do this, Have you considered using craft mini funnels?

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:)

MicioGatta1 month ago

Genial!!!!!!!!!!!

Finally found these straws! Got them at Meijers, $1.48 for 50 6" 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!

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?:)

Verticees3 months ago

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!

Snowball104 months ago

wow! thanks! I like honey sticks :D

deangera106374 months ago
Ur picture are so clear good job
Thank you.
doodlecraft4 months ago

This is a fabulous idea and actually gives me other ideas too! Thank you for sharing!

Absolutely AWESOME! I SO have to make these... thanks for sharing!

JaelynRae5 months ago

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.

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!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-FLAT-PLATE-Hot-Fusion-...

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 (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.

DanTDM JaelynRae5 months ago

You can just use hot glue for sealing.

DanTDM5 months ago

I love honey sticks! But the comments can glitch out. This is not spam.

FoMatt made it!5 months ago

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!

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toolala5 months ago
You've 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 "honey" 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 ;)
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!!
ARJOON5 months ago

is the sealing process safe???

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)  ARJOON5 months ago
About as safe as any other form of playing with fire. But it won't do anything to the honey.
sabu.dawdy5 months ago

this is soooo awesome

neekeem5 months ago

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.

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)  neekeem5 months ago
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.
Raitis neekeem5 months ago

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.

Felt like adding a little drama, nothing personal, cheers!

neekeem Raitis5 months ago

Time to draft my first Instructable:

How to make a honey straw volcano.

BadPuns neekeem5 months ago

No, honey being the thick fluid it is, it would seal the air in and not be able to go into the straw.

cchan135 months ago

It is so convenient

Dutchfreak5 months ago

nice idea. i may use this for when i go hyking this summer. its low weight, easy to store and eatable on the go.

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)  Dutchfreak5 months ago
It is also a good way to store other stuff like matches, neosporin, and seasoning for cooking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hom6Zr4Oxho
aweaver45 months ago

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.

I hate to be "that guy", but the idea that local honey helps with allergies is bunkum.

By golly, you're right "that guy"!
fixfireleo5 months ago

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). "honey" 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).

"Much of what they **in North America** call honey isn't actually honey".

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].

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.

If it is labeled "raw" honey it is "real" honey. Raw honey can not be processed at all. Best if you get honey from an apiary near your own location.

MrRedwood5 months ago

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 "fat straws", you can find wider circumference straws that will reduce the surface-area to volume ratio and speed that up.


If you put your honey stick in warm water before opening them, that'll help, too.

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)  MrRedwood5 months ago
Another place that you can find really wide straws is an Asian grocery store. Straws for boba (bubble) tea are about 1 cm wide.
dangerine5 months ago

Would you recommend dunking the melted tip into ice water to get the plastic to resolidify quickly?

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)  dangerine5 months ago
You can, but you don't really need to.
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