Don’t you feel sorry for anyone less than a year old? They can’t eat honey, you know. What would life be without honey? Well, we know it wouldn’t be as sweet. It’s not surprising to find that humans have been using honey for at least ten thousand years; its unique flavor and magnificent sweetness make it a prized commodity.
I never thought of my family as being big honey users. Occasionally my mother would buy honeycomb honey, but I think it was more for the novelty than for the honey. Thinking back, though, I remember those delicious Italian honey balls my mother made for various holidays — delicious bits of fried dough dripping with honey and colorful nonpareils. They were a messy treat, but wonderful.
Hot drinks do not particularly appeal to me. Hot chocolate is merely an excuse for a cup of melted marshmallows, and I’ve never been a coffee drinker — the aroma alone makes me ill. Infrequently, I may have a cup of hot tea; if I’m home, I add honey.
There are many uses for honey besides sweetening tea. My favorite iced tea flavor is ginseng and honey (unfortunately I can only find my favorite brand in New Jersey). I don’t know if it’s still available, but Haagen-Dazs used to make a honey vanilla ice cream that was heavenly. My favorite… pancake topping? Honey. Ice cream sundae? Honey. Barbecue sauce? Honey. I can’t even imagine having oatmeal without honey — oatmeal with lots of honey is my favorite breakfast.
People who don’t add any type of sweetener to their dinner menus might blanch at some of the things I cook with honey (like chicken or pork in my slow-cooker). It’s lovely on cooked carrots and baked sweet potatoes, and adds nice flavor to cornbread and yeast breads. Honey cakes, honey cookies, baklava… so many fabulous desserts go with those honeyed meats and veggies.
If you like honey as much as I do, then you know that when you need a quick sweetness fix, you can just pop the top on the honey and have a taste. That’s not so convenient when you’re in the middle of Macy’s, riding the subway, or suffering through a long, boring lecture. Honees to the rescue!
What are Honees? I’m glad you asked. Honees are way at the top of my list of sweet rewards, the treats I have because I deserve them. They are little brick-shaped hard candies, golden in color, with a center of pure, liquid honey. The hard candy shell tastes like honey, but the payoff is when it melts, delivering that pleasing burst of sweetness. So delightful, they move me to poetry (I love Honees, yes I do; if you love honey, you’ll love them, too. Okay, I get it, enough with the poetry).
Honees are not available everywhere, but they are available to everyone in the forty-eight contiguous states through Amazon.com, my go-to source of hard-to-find groceries. Manufactured in Italy by G. B. Ambrosoli, they are imported to the United States by Andre Prost, Inc. Each luscious piece contains only twenty calories of unadulterated yumminess. There are nine individually wrapped pieces in each “bar,” twenty-four bars per box. Besides the allure of their flavor, Honees are a lot more manageable than a pot of honey in your pocket.Powered by Sidelines