Honey used to fight chemotherapy’s ‘bad taste’ May 27th, 2016

After fighting breast cancer, a New Jersey mother has started a lollipop business as a means to combat the negative side effects of chemotherapy.

Samantha Kowalczyk is a holistic health coach in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, and recently won her battle against cancer. The metallic taste that comes with cancer treatments was what inspired her to create “Soothease,” a candy company.

“When I went through chemo, everything tasted awful,” she said to Candy Industry magazine. “I thought there has to be something to make this better.”

She started experimenting in the kitchen and eventually developed her own line of candy, with flavors including Honey Lavender, Chocolate Brown Rice and Orange Barley. Each batch is made with all-natural ingredients like cocoa, chamomile and honey.

“I found various ingredients, which aided in soothing my mouth and helped my food taste better,” Kowalczyk said. “The honey and barley coats the tongue and helps patients taste food better within a half an hour.”

She says her candies aren’t just for chemotherapy patients. They are great for children and pregnant women as well.

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Consumers demanding more s’mores May 26th, 2016

S’mores are a campfire staple. But now, consumers want them all the time, not just when around a fire.

Food companies are capitalizing on this growing trend, infusing the taste of delicious s’mores into many different products.

“I believe there are several drivers behind the s’mores resurgence, not the least of which is its unique flavor profile that’s deliciously appealing across age groups,” Alan Owen, Marketing Director of Sensient Flavors, said to Food Business News. “It also translates so well into a number of different applications such as frozen dairy, yogurt, sweet bakery and even fluid milk.” Check out how Honey Maid is capitalizing on the deliciousness of s’mores with honey.

Honey Maid Grahamfuls S’mores – Mondelez International – East Hanover, N.J

These graham crackers taste just like a campfire! Made with honey, these are the perfect treat to snack on when you want to go camping, but the kitchen is the next best thing. Read More »

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Honey is counted among top natural sweeteners for consumers May 13th, 2016

Consumers are demanding more food producers start using honey. This high demand for nature’s all-natural sweetener comes from consumers’ rise in faith in honey as a better-for-you alternative to other sweeteners.

 “Beverage companies are finding new ways to formulate wth honey and some are promoting the sweetener as laden with antioxidant and antibacterial properties, as well as a good source of vitamins and minerals,” said an article in BevNET magazine. “The uptick in honey is most apparent in new premium teas, including two varieties of Purity Organic’s recently launched ‘supertea’ line.”

 The resurgence of honey stems also from consumers seeking better-for-you alternatives outside of the government’s normal recommendations. Natural sweetener alternatives, like honey, account for only 1% of the global market for sweeteners, according to Lux Research, a Boston-based market research firm.

 This demand of consumers is causing companies that use sweeteners to no longer rely on certain kinds, and instead are turning to natural and innovative options.

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