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DIY Homemade Honey Sticks In 3 Simple Steps

Homemade honey sticks - homemade honey sticks on a table with a teapot and lemon wedges

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The “OGT Team” has a meeting every Monday morning at our studio, where we organize our editorial calendar and brainstorm ideas for posts. These meetings are very serious, and we never get sidetracked into discussions that have nothing to do with the blog. ;-) During one such recent discussion, someone happened to mention that they have seen honey sticks popping up just about everywhere lately.

Homemade honey sticks - closeup of a honey stick held in a hand

The convenience of honey sticks is pretty obvious. You get a single-serving of honey that’s easy to squeeze into a drink or onto a snack, and it’s virtually mess-free! But as with anything that’s packaged as a single-serving, it comes at a price. You can find honey sticks online or in stores for about $.25 each, but even that seems pretty steep for a bit of honey in a straw, right? This got us wondering if we could come up with a way to make honey sticks at home. And that leads us to today’s post!

Make Your Own Honey Sticks Easily

It’s actually quite easy to make your own homemade honey sticks. Not only is it quite inexpensive to do, but you can also choose what kind of honey goes into them. Your favorite local, raw honey? That lavender-infused honey you’ve had your eye on? An interesting hot honey? Why not try them all?? :-) Here’s how you can make DIY or flavored honey sticks at home.

Homemade honey sticks - bottle of flavored honey and a bottle of raw unfiltered honey

How To Make Homemade Honey Sticks

Supplies:

*Note: There are a few different options here. We borrowed my daughter Britta’s FoodSaver machine to use for this project, and it worked perfectly. If you don’t have access to a vacuum sealer, handheld heat sealers are relatively inexpensive!

Directions:

Start by gathering your supplies together. What kind of straws you choose to use is totally up to you. We used large, thick smoothie-style straws, which we liked because they hold quite a bit more honey than a standard drink straw. (If your heat sealer isn’t very powerful, it may not generate enough heat to seal such a thick straw. In that case, a thinner straw would probably be your best bet.)

Related: 13 Genuinely Useful Ways To Reuse Plastic Straws

Homemade honey sticks- using a Food Saver to seal the end of a length of plastic straw

Step 1: Seal One End

Once you’ve chosen your straws, put one end of one of your straws into your vacuum sealer (or heat sealer). Position the end on the heat sealing strip, close the lid, and turn the handle down to lock it into place.

The FoodSaver we used has two buttons: Vacuum/Seal and Seal. In order to avoid a sticky mess in your vacuum sealer, you’ll want to choose the seal-only option. :-) We just pressed Seal, and voila! Our straw was ready for honey.

Homemade honey sticks - bottle of honey in a microwave

Step 2: Fill The Straw

Before filling your straws, we highly recommend putting the honey into a squeeze bottle (the kind you use for condiments). It makes the process super quick and easy, and probably a lot less messy.

It also helps to heat the squeeze bottle of honey in the microwave or under running warm water for a few seconds. This just helps to make your honey more pourable and easier to work with.

Homemade honey sticks - filling a piece of straw held at an angle using a squeeze bottle of honey

When your squeeze bottle is ready, put the tip into the open end of the straw. Holding the straw and the squeeze bottle at an angle, gently squeeze the honey so that it slides down the side of the straw towards the sealed end. If you hold the squeeze bottle and the straw straight upright, you’ll most likely end up with air bubbles in your honey. (Air bubbles aren’t necessarily bad, they just take up space, which means there will be less space in the straw for honey.)

Homemade honey sticks - honey stick with one end still open.

Fill the straw with honey until the honey is about an inch from the end of the straw.

Homemade honey sticks - sealing open end of honey-filled straw with Food Saver

Step 3: Seal The Other End

Then place the open end of the straw into the vacuum sealer and seal it closed. That’s it!

The amount of honey that each honey stick contains will vary based on the kind of straw you choose. If you’re curious, just squeeze the honey out of one of your sticks and measure how much honey was in it. Then you can decide if you want more or less honey in your honey sticks! If you want more, use a bigger straw. If you want less, use a smaller straw, or cut your straws down to the appropriate size.

Homemade honey sticks - homemade honey sticks on a yellow and white striped piece of fabric

How Much Honey Per Stick? It Pays To Know!

The advantage of knowing how much honey is in each stick is that you can use them in recipes. Squeezing a honey stick is a lot less messy than measuring out honey with a tablespoon! Or you could also make it so that each of your honey sticks holds the perfect amount to sweeten up a cup of tea. They’re easy to take on the go, so you can have your favorite honey at the ready anytime!

Homemade honey sticks - bundle of homemade honey sticks tied up with twine and labeled with round tag

I think these honey sticks would make such a cute gift — especially for the tea lover in your life! :-) Make several honey sticks, with either high-quality local honey or a mix of different flavored honeys to make things more interesting! Tie the sticks together with some twine, then wrap the sticks up with a cute mug and a nice box of tea. What an easy-to-make and heartfelt gift!

Related: 40 Yummy Gift Ideas Your Friends Will Love

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  • I see several comments of people worried about putting honey in the microwave. But I read that heating honey for a very short time is not going to kill anything good in the honey. IF you were to get it really HOT and did that for very long, THEN the properties would be in danger of being killed.

  • Hi Jillee,
    I’m a newbee, as in new beekeeper. I began researching the best way to fill honey straws. WHAT A NIGHTMARE! I too was using the food saver to seal one end then using to warm water method to make the honey flow easier. However, I don’t want to take any chances in killing any of the benefits of the honey by heating it even a little. I found all methods a messy endeavor. So What To Do? My food saver was NOT getting the sealing job done on the smoothie straw. Hence more frustration. Then I realized……silly me! I had the right tool for the task after all! The food saver did in fact seal the standard drinking straw, now on to filling it. Are you ready for the BEST SOLUTION?
    USE THE JAR SUCTION TUBING THAT IS A PART OF THE FOODSAVER ALREADY! DUH! WE had it all along. Just connect the air tube into the food saver at one end and the other end into the standard straw, turn on the vacuum and be prepared to hit cancel almost immediately as it is literally milliseconds to fill. Seal each end and repeat.

  • Maybe I don’t understand. What kind of straws are you using? Clear plastic straws? Are they edible, or do you just bite of the end when you use it? The Amazon link that is used does not answer this question.

  • If you want only a small amount of honey each time, you could seal the straw more than once for a multiple serving straw. Just cut off your used section each time. I love the idea of the straw and honey…thanks!

  • I love this idea! Please please please DO NOT PUT HONEY IN THE MICROWAVE. This beautiful liquid gold is full of so many wonderful properties that will be destroyed by microwaving.
    Heat water to warm over the stove, remove pot from the heat source and set your honey container in the warm water. Have patience, it’s worth it.
    Thank you for this fantastic post!

    • Beekeepers are careful about warming honey so that it doesn’t degrade the quality of the product. The honey bee colony keeps the hive temperature around 95 degrees. Keep your temperature under 110 degrees and it will be fine. High heat plus time can cause honey to lose it’s antimicrobial properties and darken. That doesn’t mean that dark honey has lost it’s healthy benefits. It can be dark because of the floral source the bees collected nectar from.

  • Here’s another idea for this. Organic Blue Agave Syrup has a low glycemic index and some diabetics use this to sweeten their drinks so this could be used instead of honey.

  • My daughter gives her girls honey spoons when they start to come down with a cold, as honey is so good for you when under the weather. These would be a great alternative. She uses only local unprocessed honey. Can’t wait to make some, I already have the food saver. Thanks

  • I am hoping to get some local honey and use this method to help my seasonal allergies. If you want an exact measurement. You could always pour a tablespoon of water in and mark the line then you have a measurement in inches for the honey straw.

  • This is such a wonderful idea. I imagine that I can place small amounts of anything in these sealed straws for camping weekends etc.
    I just started using a food-saver and it’s now one of my top kitchen items I couldn’t live without. Thanks for sharing this great idea!

    • Many people use these for spices and eye cream etc. you can also fill them by squeezing them closed, putting the tip in the liquid, then squeezing the to open them using auction to draw the liquid in. Of course this is best used for tiny amounts!

      • I have had a Food Saver for several years now. My fear would be the honey escaping while attempting to seal it. But thanks for all your hints and savings.

    • When I get honey sticks from the farmers market I like to take them to work. What I do is bite a teensy tiny bit of of the corner and kind of suck the honey out of the hole. Its like having a sucker but not all the sugar although some times I do have to bite a couple of times to get through. Not sure if it will work with a straw made one but I sure will try.

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