How to Make Honey Straws for Fun and Profit
Did you know not only does raw honey taste deliciously amazing but it is the only food that doesn’t spoil, is used to treat burns, helps with allergies, and contains antibacterial and antimicrobal properties. Raw honey contains up to 80 different substances important to human nutrition. Besides glucose and fructose, honey contains: All of the B-complex, A, C, D, E, and K, minerals and trace elements: magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, calcium, chlorine, potassium, iodine, sodium, copper, and manganese. The live enzyme content of honey is one of the highest of all foods.
Raw vs Store-Bought
Store-Bought Honey,Scientists say that over three quarters of the honey sold in American supermarkets and drug stores may not be what the bees created, but a watered down, reconstituted hodge-podge of the real deal mixed with other cheaper, less savory, and often less safe, ingredients.
Raw Honey, Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, eliminates allergies, and is an excellent remedy for skin wounds and all types of infections. Raw honey’s benefits don’t stop there. Raw honey can also stabilize blood pressure, balance sugar levels, relieve pain, calm nerves, and it has been used to treat ulcers. Raw honey is also an expectorant and anti-inflammatory and has been known to effectively treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma.When I make honey straws, I only use raw local honey and I make sure I advertise it as such when I sell it, so buyers know.
Uses for Honey Straws
Many people like to eat raw honey daily to help ease their allergy symptoms, so honey straws are a convenient way to take them anywhere you go. You can use them to sweeten your beverage, as a quick energy boost, and kids LOVE them- They are like an all-natural pixie stick.
How to Make Honey Straws for Fun and Profit
Now you may have watched a Youtube video or two about how to do this at home with a candle, a lighter and a pair of pliers, and it will work- eventually. But it is messy, smelly, is time consuming and you will have a lot of waste of your precious raw honey. I highly recommend you making the small investment of the heat sealer, it is worth it’s weight in gold.
Honey Straw Supplies
- 8 oz (or more) of Local Honey
- Plastic Straws
- Natural Flavor * If desired
- Syringe 10 ml 2 tsp (make sure it fits in end of straws)
- Natural Food Color * If desired
- Heat Seal Machine
* Children should be supervised at all times if helping, use caution
- Pour desired amount of honey into a glass jar (I normally use 1/3 – 1/2 cup)
- Add natural flavoring if desired (for 1/3-1/2 cup of honey I use 20 drops of natural flavor)
- Add 1 drop of natural food coloring if desired
- Stir to mix
- Take syringe and completely fill with honey
- Insert syringe into straw and slowly fill til honey reaches 1/2″ from both ends * See above picture
- HOLD STRAW LEVEL- trust me, it runs out quick if you tilt it
- Heat seal end of honey straw according to manufactures directions, flip over and heat seal opposite end.
- Lightly squeeze honey straw to make sure you have a good seal on both ends and there are no leaks, if you notice leaks, repeat #8
- Enjoy! you can use for party favors, wedding gifts, holiday gifts, school treats, the possibilities are endless.
Pricing your straws and where to sell them
As I mentioned before, the possibilities are endless with the honey straws and they are in high demand right now. I sold mine at the Farmers Markets and I sell them at a local store. You can offer them to youth groups for fund raisers, craft shows, on consignment at your local stores, or just take some pictures and email your contacts that you have them available.
Check with your local laws about selling honey before you try to sell your honey straws
When pricing your straws, consider the quality of your product and what goes into making them. If you are fortunate enough to have bees, you realize the labor that goes into making the honey, the cost of the all natural ingredients and your time in making them.
I do not negotiate or justify my prices when I set them; there are cheaper (and lesser quality) products available for them to buy from if cost is an issue. Never get into a bidding war with those that are buying bulk straws, from God knows where, and comparing them to your hand-made local honey straws.
I sell mine for $.75 each or (4) for $2.00 and I always run out. I may not sell as many as the bulk supplier but I keep myself busy.
These are so easy to make once you get the hang of it-Above all, have fun!
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