Bee Free Honee — It’s Like Honey, But It’s Not
With its golden, amber hue, it looks a lot like honey.
But from the moment you unscrew the cap on the jar, you get the unmistakable whiff of sweet apples.
Bee Free Honee is a honey substitute made from organic apple juice, cane sugar and lemon juice — all cooked down until sticky and viscous.
The company was founded by Minneapolis-based Katie Sanchez, who grew up on an apple orchard with a father who was a beekeeper. One day, while trying to make a less sweet apple jelly, she accidentally created this syrupy concoction instead.
It’s vegan, and safe for anyone who has a honey allergy. Use it just like you would honey.
With bee populations decimated over the past decade, it’s also a way to enjoy a honey-like product while stressing bees less. Moreover, for every jar sold, Bee Free Honee donates 10 cents to pollinator-friendly groups.
I had a chance to try samples recently. Bee Free Honee comes in four flavors: Original, Ancho Chile, Mint, and Slippery Elm.
The Original tastes intensely of apple cider. It has the most pure, apple-forward flavor of the bunch. It would be wonderful drizzled on pancakes or ice cream; or mixed into soft butter to slather on biscuits; or stirred into hot tea; or used to glaze ham or pork chops.
The Ancho Chile is the color of cola, the darkest in color of the four. It’s smoky tasting with a gentle heat that hits you on the finish. It would be ideal stirred into a barbecue sauce or drizzled on chicken wings.
The Mint tastes of spearmint, and would be nice in cocktails or a vinaigrette.
The Slippery Elm smells and looks a little like molasses. It cries out to be baked into or frosted on a spice cake or accompanying charcuterie and cheese.
The 12-ounce jars are $9 each and available on the Bee Free Honee site.
Winner of Last Week’s Contest
In last week’s Food Gal contest, I asked you to tell me about a good deed that you do that should anoint you an angel (with a halo). The winner will receive a cute spring canister with recipe cards, fun decorations, and coupons for free Halos mandarins, courtesy of Wonderful Halos.
Grace, who wrote, “There are two fellas at my workplace who have been super duper helpful to me since I announced my pregnancy — they’re always willing to carry even the lightest of boxes and never fail to have a kind word for me! Since they’re my angels, the least I can do is try to be their angel, so I bake them bread or cookies or muffins every week.”