With honey being named 2015’s flavor of the year, it’s important to take a peek at other culinary trends that complement honey’s sweetness.
Because honey is such a versatile ingredient, many trends in various categories can be improved with the addition of honey. In 2015, many consumers are looking for ways to manage and improve their health, without sacrificing taste. These trends make it easy for consumers to make better food choices that are still flavorful. Here are some key trends in 2015 and some delicious Made with Honey products that capitalize on each trend.
1. Natural is key
The word “all natural” is a major force behind consumers who want to eat better-for-you products. Made by bees and untouched by any additional ingredients, it doesn’t get much more natural than honey!
SNACKING: EARTH & VINE PROVISIONS CHIPOTLE HONEY LIME MUSTARD
This 100% all-natural mustard is comprised of smoked chipotle puree, honey, grainy mustard and a squeeze of fresh lime. The spread is perfect to enjoy with other natural whole foods and snacks like avocado or as a marinade on beef or chicken.
2. High protein
Protein is yet another highly sought after trend to assist consumers in making better food choices. Dairy products and snack bars dominate this trend not only because many are packed with protein, but because they are also easy and convenient on-the-go choices. Many dairy products and protein bars make use of honey as a natural sweetener and flavor masker to boost typically bland protein flavors.
BAKING: BONK BREAKER ENERGY BARS
As the official energy bar of the Ironman Triathlon Series, Bonk Breaker Almond and Honey Energy Bars are sweetened with honey and boast 8g of protein in each bar. The bars are also gluten-, dairy- and soy-free.
DAIRY: CORE POWER HONEY 26G
Sweetened with honey and packed with a walloping 26g of protein, Core Power’s Honey 26g is great for consumers and athletes looking for a boost of energy.
3. Sweetener swap
Many shoppers are opting out of buying products with added sugars. Honey plays the perfect role as an all-natural sweetener, and because honey boasts many different varieties and flavors, it’s used in a wide array of foods.
BEVERAGES: A-GAME CROSS FUNCTIONAL BEVERAGE
This premium beverage is enriched with key vitamins and nutrients and is naturally flavored and sweetened with clover honey. All In Beverages, creator of A-GAME, focuses on addressing concerns including energy, nutrition and hydration.
CANDY: MELVILLE CANDY COMPANY’S CLOVER HONEY SPOONS
Made completely out of honey, these hard candy spoons can be enjoyed on their own or in a hot cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or apple cider. The spoons come in a variety of flavors all made with honey including lavender honey and honey with lemon.