Honey-Lemon Spoons. The perfect gift for a tea lover! You may have all made those chocolate dipped spoons to go with hot cocoa for a cute gift years ago. These honey-lemon spoons are a nice twist on that same idea.This recipe makes a honey-lemon toffee that hardens onto the spoons. You can then use them to stir into a hot mug of tea, and the honey-lemon toffee melts into the tea as you stir.
They are perfect to go with a mug and some tea for a gift idea or for a sick friend, take with some Gingerale Syrup for making an anti nausea tea or Honey-Lemon Sore Throat "Tea" Base . My picture has some Non-caffeinated Russian "Tea" mix tucked in the mug,
I decided to paint the ends of my spoons to add a little pizzazz to the gift, so here's what I did:
This recipe fills approximately 20-24 spoons depending on how much you fill the spoons
1/4 cup Honey
1 cup Sugar
1/2 Tablespoon White Vinegar
1/8 cup water
Pie Plate or Lid that you can use to rest the handles of the spoons on (this will lift the bowl of the spoon and keep the liquid toffee from spilling out while it hardens).
Waxed paper (or cereal bag liner recycled)
Heavy bottomed sauce pan
Candy thermometer (I will show you how to do this without one)
Before starting: Line a cookie sheet or work surface with wax paper.
You will need to find something that the handles of your spoons can rest on while the toffee cools. Lifting the handles slightly will keep the toffee from spilling out of the spoons. such as a pie plate.
Place the selected item in the center of the waxed paper.
Test this by filling a spoon with water or honey and laying the handle on different items at different heights till you get the test liquid to stay in the spoon.
I used a plastic lid from a plastic food storage container.
To make Toffee
Mix honey, sugar, and vinegar in saucepan, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Soft Crack Stage Hard Crack Stage
To test for hard crack stage without a thermometer: Drop a small drop of the toffee into a glass of ice cold water.
Reach in and pull the drop out. If it is at a hard crack stage, it will have instantly turned into a hard piece of candy:
Remove saucepan from heat and let cool for a minute or so.
Mix in desired amount of lemon flavoring: (I used 1 teaspoon. It smelled strong, but was a subtle flavor, but you could easily double it to 2 teaspoons. Start with one and see how you like it.) Here's how it looked after the Lemon Flavoring:
Jan's tip: The candy hardens as it cools so you have a few minutes to work, but not a ton or time. So this is why I had you set up the waxpaper work surface for your spoons at the beginning.
Dip your spoons in the toffee. I filled mine almost all the way to the brim, and had a few overflows, so play with it just a bit on the first one.
Rest the spoon handles on the lid/pie plate:
Once it has cooled and hardened, wrap the spoons in plastic (I cut down small cellophane treat bags to fit) and tie with a ribbon.