Homemade Honey Sticks (AKA Honey Straws)

After years of followers asking us in the comments to start making honey sticks, we've decided to, as the old proverb goes, "teach a man to fish."

It turns out, it's actually really easy to make honey sticks (AKA honey straws) at home with just a few tools that you probably already have on hand.

Step 1: Gather your tools and ingredients.

  • Local Hive Honey – Your honey will need to liquid in order to pour into the straw. If it has crystallized, check out our FAQ on how to decrystallize honey.
  • Clear Plastic Straws – Clear straws are soooo much cuter; that way you can see your beautiful golden honey inside. Paper and other biodegradable straws won't melt and close properly.
  • Pliers – You will need something to crimp the straw closed (besides your finger.) A clothespin or could also work in a pinch. (Pun intended.)
  • Scissors – To cut the straws to length
  • Lighter or match – You'll need a small, controlled flame for a few seconds at a time.
  • Candle (optional) – A lighter or match will get the job done, but you can also use a candle.
  • A plate or paper towels – Because spills are just part of life.

Step 2: Insert the straw into your bottle of Local Hive Honey. "Drink" the honey, pulling it into the straw, until the straw is almost full of honey. Leave about 2 inches unfilled. 

You can also slowly pour the honey into the straw, but this is quite a bit slower. 

Step 3: Once the honey settles into the straw, fold over one end about half an inch, then crimp it closed with the pliers.

Step 4: Holding the pliers in one hand and the lighter in the other, gently wave the flame under the fold of the straw. The straw should quick melt and fuse together. Use the scissors to cut off the excess straw plastic.

Step 5: Let the honey settle into the crimped side, then fold the top and crimp it closed with the pliers. Repeat step 4. 

And just like that, you're done! The straws should easily open with a bite on either end. 

Honey straws make an excellent on-the-go snack or energy source, perfect for hiking, roadtrips, or even carb-loading during a long run or marathon.

100 Years of 100% U.S. Honey

This honey recipe is part of our #100waystousehoney series, celebrating 100 years of 100% U.S. honey with honey hacks, honey tips, and honey recipes.

Throughout 2024, you can shop our limited-edition 1924 Golden Age Wildflower honey blend. It's an exclusive, 100% U.S. wildflower honey blend with a mellow, but flowery taste.

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