A guide to honey’s color

Did you know that honey isn’t just amber in color?

That’s right, honey comes in a variety of colors, and even has its own grading system! Find out how the color and flavor of honey change depending on the varietal.

How is honey’s color graded?

The United States Department of Agriculture classifies the color of honey into seven categories: water white, extra white, extra light amber, light amber, amber and dark amber. The standard system for measuring the color of honey is called the Pfund color grading system. A Pfund color grader is a standard amber-colored glass wedge that goes from light to dark. Honey is measured on a scale of millimeters, where 0 mm would be on the extreme left of the water white bar and 140 mm is at the extreme right of the dark amber bar.

What makes honey a certain color?

The color of honey depends on the flower source visited by the honey bees. With more than 300 types of honey in the United States, each originating from a different floral source, it’s safe to say that not all honey looks the same.

Does color correlate with the flavor of honey?

Generally, light-colored honeys have a milder taste, while the flavor of darker colored honeys is stronger. However, there are exceptions to the rule. A light honey such as basswood is generally considered strong flavored while the darker tulip poplar is considered mild.

Does the color of honey change?

The color of honey can deepen in color as it ages, and become lighter when it crystallizes. These changes do not affect its flavor.

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Honey helps boost drinkable yogurt sales


Do not expect to see drinkable yogurts slowing down any time soon.

Drinkable yogurts have grown 62% in the last five years, according to the latest research from Mintel, reaching $893 million. And, many big name dairy processors are jumping on the bandwagon with a projected growth of 11% in 2016.

The on-the-go dairy drink targets millennials looking for convenience and better-for-you options. “Yogurt drinks are becoming increasingly popular among U.S. consumers, and as adoption of the yogurt drinks segment grows, so too does innovation,” Beth Bloom, senior analyst of U.S. food and drink for Mintel, says.

Honey has been known for its flavor innovations. From fruit combinations to twists on classic treats, honey sweetens the deal for yogurt companies and promotes new product innovation.

Straw’ Nana and Mix’t Berries
Chobani LLC
Norich, N.Y.

The dairy company expanded their Drink Chobani line with Straw’ Nana and Mix’t Berries, low-fat Greek yogurts blended with fruit and honey.

Fruzinga Honey Vanilla
Dairy Innovations, LLC
Redondo Beach, Calif.

At just 90 calories a bottle and made with real fruit and wholesome milk, Fruzinga’s healthy and nutritious high fiber drinkable yogurts meet the growing trend. Fruzinga combines honey with a traditional vanilla yogurt for their Honey Vanilla Probiotic Drinkable Yogurt.

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Pistachio and Honey — Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream — Springfield, Mass.


In every scoop, you can expect to find pure pistachio flavor with a savory, salted-nut finish.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Pistachio and Honey combines ground roasted pistachios, honey, cream and grass-grazed milk all swirled into a pint of deliciousness.

Jeni’s is devoted to making better ice creams using whole ingredients and dairy from grass-pastured cows.

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