Paleo and Honey: A Winning Combination March 26th, 2015

Paleo and Honey: A Winning Combination

The Paleo Diet is booming and food, dairy, beverage and candy processors are developing new products to satisfy Paleo-dietary cravings, which are based on the food choices of early humans.

Paleo practitioners eat only meat, fish, vegetables, eggs, healthful oils and nuts and seeds. All processed foods, dairy products and grain products are not part of the Paleo plan. Refined sugars are out, but honey is one sweetener that makes the diet plan.

Simply put, if a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither should you. Check out these Paleo-approved options below that owe their flavor in part to honey.

Julian Bakery’s Paleo Bread – Honey

Julian Bakery takes its name from the small California town it was founded in—Julian. Since its founding in 1990, Julian Bakery has grown to be the largest Paleo food manufacturer dedicated to producing low carb, gluten-free, grain-free and GMO-free options. While many traditional breads may be out if you go Paleo, this Paleo bread will make you forget any other kind exists.  Each slice is soft and sweetened with organic honey.

Republic of Tea’s Organic USDA Lemon Green Tea with Honey Full-Leaf

Founded in 1992, the Republic of Tea set out on a mission to make tea the drink of choice of people everywhere. The California-based company considers itself to be an independent republic, hence its name, and views its customers to be its citizens. This tea company offers a wide variety of tea flavors sourced from gardens around the world. Their Organic USDA Lemon Green Tea has antioxidants, nutrients and contains honey, which makes it even more delicious. Plus, you can drink it any time of the day and not suffer from caffeine overload or the dreaded afternoon caffeine crash.

Pure7 Chocolate Bar

Pure7, founded in 2012 in a Carlisle, Mass. farmhouse, is committed to creating artisan chocolate using only all-natural ingredients. This women-owned company produces chocolate bars made with organic, pure ingredients including honey. From Pure Dark Chocolate to Orange Goldenberry, there is likely to be a flavor that will satisfy your sweet tooth!

Almond Breeze Hint of Honey

Dairy is not part of the Paleo diet but dairy substitutes, such as nut milks, are allowed. One good option is almond milk, and the Almond Breeze brand recently debuted two new almond milk flavors that are slightly sweeter—Hint of Honey and Hint of Honey Vanilla.

Nogii Paleo Bar

The Paleo Bar is part of a family of gluten-free products offered by Nogii. Elisabeth Hasselbeck founded Nogii after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2009. Each bar is made with honey and a variety of fruit and nuts depending on which of the three flavors you choose. Nuts about Nuts, Nuts about Berries and Nuts about Tropical Fruit all come in at 200 calories or less, making this snack guilt-free and diet-friendly.

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Hard Candy Takes Innovative Approach Featuring Honey March 26th, 2015

Despite three solid years of growth, hard candy’s sales took a hit last year.

Although there is no single explanation for the decline, the lack of innovation in hard candy and lollipops may be partly to blame, according to Sally Lyons Wyatt, executive practice leader at IRI, a market research firm.

“It can be just packaging innovation, it can be product innovation, it can be a new experience, but that’s got to be on the plate for a lot of manufacturers if they’re going to continue to grow,” suggests Lyons Wyatt.

It appears some players in the industry have come to the same conclusion and are now creating innovative offerings featuring honey.

Torie & Howard capitalized on the push for natural and organic products in their organic hard candy lines.  The Conn.-based company was founded with a mission to change the candy industry by creating candy with natural ingredients that people would enjoy. Honey plays a role in two of their recent hard candies—blood orange with honey and grapefruit with tupelo honey. Other reasons to feel even better about this treat—their packaging is from recycled material and a portion of their proceeds goes to the non-profit, Autism Speaks.

Waxing Kara offers hard candy made with honey from bees in Owings Mills, Md. The company recently debuted a dark chocolate dipped honey lollipop. This gourmet treat can be eaten as candy or used to make delicious hot chocolate sweetened with honey.

Melville Candy Company is a 35-year-old family-owned operation in Massachusetts best known for their barley lollipops. They offer some great honey hard candy, including Honey Tea Spoons that can be used to sweeten coffee or tea. They also offer a Honey Bacon lollipop to satisfy your sweet and savory cravings.

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Add Honey to Your Chocolate Caramel Day March 19th, 2015

Chocolate Bees candy

In a time of controversial unions, one remains an undeniable perfect match.

Few can compete with the compatibility between chocolate and caramel. Arguably one of the greatest flavor combinations—these two ingredients appear in countless candy bars, ice cream flavors, confections and desserts.

Why not take this pairing to new heights and add honey? That’s exactly what John & Kira’s Confections did with their Chocolate Bees candy. Not chewy like a store bought caramel, their bee chocolates have a liquid caramel center and a clear, caramelized honey taste. This unique flavor comes naturally from the fragrant basswood honey used in the recipe.

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