Apple Pie Caramel
Untamed Confections – Tubac, Ariz.
May 13th, 2016

Apple Pie Caramel

This fresh, organic Arizona apple pie caramel is with apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg and honey.

It’s like having mom’s apple pie in your pocket. This family-owned business is nationally recognized and inspired by the Sonoran Desert.

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Xanderrific Dark Chocolate with Honey
Antebellum Chocolate – Graniteville, S.C
May 3rd, 2016

Xanderrific Dark Chocolate

 

This candy bar is sweetened with honey, which is swirled into rich, dark chocolate creating a delectable treat. Antebellum Chocolate Company has partnered with the Golden Harvest Food Bank’s BackPack Program with the purpose of feeding local children. So far, the company has provided 3,600 meals to children in need.

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Consumers turn to chocolate for emotional comfort May 3rd, 2016

Chocolate

Had a bad day? Grab a chocolate bar. Recent studies have shown that there are emotional benefits to eating chocolate.

“While chocolate confectionery may be considered to be a guilty pleasure, it is also a food that is strongly tied to emotional needs,” Marcia Mogelonsky, Director of Insight at Mintel, said to Candy Industry. “This is likely the reason that consumers allow themselves to indulge in chocolate.”

So why are people consuming so much chocolate? About 17% of Americans say appeasing their emotional distress is more important than the health concerns that come with ingesting large amounts of chocolate. 26% of people who buy chocolate say they are buying it to “improve their mood” while 20% use it as an energy boost.

Improving energy is just one of many reasons why confectioners should use honey when creating new confections. Honey adds sweetness to products, not to mention it is extremely versatile. Honey comes in three forms: liquid, dried and creamed. This allows confectioners to drizzle honey on chocolate, use it as a coating or in a filling. And, with more than 300 varieties in the United States alone, there are endless flavor possibilities to create truly unique and exciting products.

Some confectioners, like Bees & Beans in Portland, Ore., use honey in each product, making each batch of chocolate a sweet treat that can’t be beat. Their Honey Bar Reserve is the winner of the 2016 Good Food Award and is made with honey, organic dairy, single-origin amano chocolate, sea salt, honey caramel and hazelnut nougat.

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