Make your own homemade ginger hard candy with this easy recipe. These healthy candies are great for nausea, car sickness and morning sickness!
Ginger hard candy is one of the first things I buy for my hospital bag every time I get close to the end of my pregnancy. I always feel nauseous after delivery and sucking on a ginger candy always helps me feel better!
Ginger candy is also great for long car rides. 3 of my kids get car sick, so we make sure to have some candy in the glove compartment to pull out when anyone starts to feel queasy.
According to studies, ginger helps increase movement in the GI tract, helping with digestion as well as saliva flow and as a result, it helps with nausea. Its a safe and natural solution that people have been using for centuries!
Of course you can just buy ginger hard candy and ginger chews at the store, but making candy yourself is pretty fun! Plus they cost a lot less to make.
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Why you’ll like this Ginger Hard candy recipe:
Store-bought hard candies usually contain high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, sweeteners and food dyes.
Making your own candy, you can control the quality and healthiness of the ingredients.
Easy To Make
Its easy to make your own ginger candy at home with just a few ingredients and a couple of supplies.
only 3 ingredients
This recipe only calls for three ingredients you probably already have sitting in your pantry!
If you love the heat and spicy flavor of ginger, you are going to love these little candies! They aren’t over-powering but definitely give you that kick of ginger flavor.
Help with nausea
Ginger has been used throughout history as a natural remedy for digestive issues, including nausea and vomiting.
Several studies have proved that ginger is as effective as some over the counter anti-nausea drugs at easing feelings of nausea caused by motion sickness, morning sickness, and chemotherapy.
What you need to make Homemade ginger candy:
honey – any kind of honey will work for this recipe but raw honey adds to the health benefits of the ginger candy.
sugar – using white granulated sugar along with the honey instead of using straight honey by itself makes these candies lighter in color and keeps them from having a burnt flavor.
ground ginger powder I like to use organic ground ginger.
lemon essential oil (optional) – lemon and ginger flavors go really well together, but adding lemon EO is completely optional. If you do add it, make sure you use “food grade” essential oils.
How To Make Ginger Hard Candy:
WARNING – Making hard candy, you will be working with extremely hot ingredients. Be very careful not to burn yourself!
Prep – Set out the candy molds. For easy clean up, lay parchment paper under them.
Heat – In a small saucepan, heat the honey, water, ginger and sugar over medium heat. Using a candy thermometer, watch it, stirring frequently until the thermometer reads 300 degrees. As soon as it reaches 300 degrees, immediately remove from heat. Let the honey mixture sit a few minutes until the bubbles go down.
Stir – Add in the lemon essential oils (if using). Stir to mix.
Pour – Working quickly and VERY carefully, spoon the hot honey mixture into the candy molds. Fill all of the molds to the tops.
Let Set – Let the ginger hard candy sit for 30-60 minutes until they are completely hardened. Pop out of the molds and enjoy!
Tips for success:
Store – To keep your ginger hard candy from sticking together, it is best to store them in a mason jar in the fridge. Or wrap each one in a little piece of parchment paper.
Substitutions – 1 Tablespoon of fresh ginger root can be used in place of the ground ginger in this recipe.
Variations – For a different flavor, use food grade orange essential oil instead of lemon.
FAQ about this ginger hard candy recipe:
Can I use fresh ginger in the candy recipe?
This recipe calls for organic dry powdered ginger to make things more simple and cut out steps.
But you can use fresh ginger root if you prefer. Just use twice as much fresh grated ginger as you would dry ground ginger in this recipe.
Can I make ginger hard candy without a candy thermometer?
Technically you can make candy without a candy thermometer but you have to be much more attentive and take a few extra steps to make sure your sugar syrup is at the right “stage” when you remove it from the heat.
The Spruce has a great article on making candy without a candy thermometer using the “cold-water method”.
How do I store homemade ginger hard candy?
Homemade ginger candies should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge because they are more likely to get sticky and form a clump if your home is at all warm.
Another way to keep candy from getting sticky at room temperature is to wrap each individual piece in a small square of parchment paper.
Are there any potential health benefits of consuming ginger candy?
The bioactive compounds found in ginger help to reduce irritation in the gastrointestinal tract and ease nausea and vomiting by promoting saliva production.
There are many ways to consume ginger, such as:
- Ginger tea: Steep fresh ginger slices or ginger tea bags in hot water and drink it.
- Ginger candies or chews: Suck on ginger candies or chews.
- Ginger capsules or supplements: Some people find relief from nausea by taking ginger in a capsule form.
- Ginger in food: Add fresh or ground ginger into your meals and recipes.
does ginger hard candy help with morning sickness?
Ginger is known to help with the nausea that can come with morning sickness in the first trimester (or beyond). Sucking on ginger candy is a safe and natural way to help with an upset stomach, and can even relieve diarrhea in some cases.
More Healthy Treats on the blog:
If you liked this recipe, I think you’ll really enjoy these other easy recipes for homemade treats on the blog:
- Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies
- Healthy Berry Jello
- Homemade Strawberry Marshmallows
- Rice Crispy Treats Sweetened With Dates
- Homemade Honey Lollipops
I hope you love this ginger candy recipe! If you make them, I’d love for you to come back and leave a comment and rating so that I know how you like them!
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