Hummingbird Ranch Honey Candy October 16th, 2014

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All-natural honey mint and organic honey candy are two of the made with honey candy options at Hummingbird Ranch.

The candies are certified-organic, preservative-free, and dairy- and gluten-free. The honey mint variety comes in half-pound bags, and the assorted mix comes with honey, lemon, ginger, apple and more.

The people at Hummingbird Ranch, based in Staatsburg, N.Y., have always been interested in farming. Proprietor Rich Focht started to raise honey bees, focusing on products that could incorporate honey. He also sells wholesale honey at local farmer’s markets.

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Katherine Anne Confections Goat Cheese Walnut Truffle October 9th, 2014

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Take goat cheese paired with honey, chocolate and crunchy candied walnuts, and you have a best-selling truffle from Katherine Anne Confections.

Collections come in three, seven or 20 pieces. This is one truffle in a line of hand-dipped truffles, soft honey caramels and pillowy marshmallows.

Since 2006, Katherine Anne Confections has been creating locally-focused sweets in Chicago. Ingredients include cream from a 500-cow herd of Jerseys in central Illinois and local wildflower honey. Katherine’s upbringing on a small Wisconsin farm led to an appreciation for fresh, delicious products. Her first venture started at the age of 10, and today you can find her stirring caramel and rolling truffles similar to how she did as a young girl.

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“Better-for-you” Ingredients Help Candy Category Gain Ground October 9th, 2014

There is good news ahead for those who scream “I want candy!” but who don’t want the guilt.

Confections manufacturers not only are implementing more better-for-you ingredients in their chocolates, truffles and bars, but they also are creating better tasting products, too.

More than half of consumers eat candy in moderation when considering healthy eating strategies, according to CandyUSA.com. More than half of the 1,500 people polled by NCA Sweet Insights agree that confections can be a part of a healthy diet when consumed in moderation. Twenty-two percent made the switch altogether to more nutritious foods that were chocolate flavored.

For those who don’t want to make the switch and who still want a better-for-you chocolate or candy offering, confections made with honey could be the answer.

Pure 7’s entire line of chocolate bars is made with honey and only organic, pure ingredients. Bar varieties include Dark, Espresso, Salted Almond, Peppermint and Orange Goldenberry. There is no dairy, soy, gluten, preservatives or chemicals in the bars.

GoNaturally Organic Hard Candy is USDA-certified organic, as well as gluten-free. None of the products include artificial colors, sweeteners, preservatives or hydrogenated oils.

Lollipop lovers can satisfy their sweet cravings with Honey Pot Organic Lollipops. These lollipops are organic, gluten-free and all natural.

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