Honey used to fight chemotherapy’s ‘bad taste’

After fighting breast cancer, a New Jersey mother has started a lollipop business as a means to combat the negative side effects of chemotherapy.

Samantha Kowalczyk is a holistic health coach in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, and recently won her battle against cancer. The metallic taste that comes with cancer treatments was what inspired her to create “Soothease,” a candy company.

“When I went through chemo, everything tasted awful,” she said to Candy Industry magazine. “I thought there has to be something to make this better.”

She started experimenting in the kitchen and eventually developed her own line of candy, with flavors including Honey Lavender, Chocolate Brown Rice and Orange Barley. Each batch is made with all-natural ingredients like cocoa, chamomile and honey.

“I found various ingredients, which aided in soothing my mouth and helped my food taste better,” Kowalczyk said. “The honey and barley coats the tongue and helps patients taste food better within a half an hour.”

She says her candies aren’t just for chemotherapy patients. They are great for children and pregnant women as well.

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