National Popcorn Day is Sweet January 19th, 2015

Popcorn is one of the nation’s most loved snacks, which is why we celebrate National Popcorn Day today!

Air-popped popcorn is naturally high in dietary fiber and antioxidants and low in calories. Add some delicious sweet, salty or savory toppings and you have a delicious snack that is indulgent and whole grain.

To celebrate National Popcorn Day, here are a few of our favorite Made with Honey favorites.

Smartfood’s Honey Cinnamon Pecan Granola Coated Popcorn is a crunchy, all-natural snack made with honey, cinnamon and brown sugar. The popcorn is coated with rolled oats and roasted pecans.

Lakota Honey Popcorn is a combination of sweet honey and traditional salt. The light and airy snack comes from a line of the first and only Native American owned and operated organization producing, processing, packaging and marketing popcorn celebrating its Native American heritage.

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Honey FAQ: Storing Honey January 19th, 2015

One of the most frequent questions we get is about the storage of honey.

Most people know that honey is one of the few ingredients that will most likely never spoil. Why? Honey has a moisture content of about 17%, a low pH and antimicrobial properties. Regardless, it is still very important to store honey properly to maintain its integrity.

General Honey Storage Guidelines

  • Best stored in a sealed container at room temperature, between 64-75˚F (18-24˚C)
  • Cooler temperatures, between 35-60˚F, hasten honey’s natural crystallization process
  • Honey stored at temperatures above 85˚F for extended periods of time will darken in color and be subject to subtle flavor changes
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Honey named as flavor of the year for 2015 January 12th, 2015

Honey has punched its ticket as 2015’s flavor of the year thanks to its flavor, form and functionality.

Honey named as flavor of the year for 2015

Although honey is a classic flavor and sweetener, the popularity of the ingredient is on the rise as it gets paired with spicy and savory flavors and ingredients.

Honey’s rise in popularity has also been attributed to the fact that it’s an all-natural sweetener. As more new honey products fill up the shelves at the supermarkets, we’d like to share some of our favorites.

Baking: Marlenka Classic Honey Nuggets

These custard filled honey cakes are made according to an old Armenian family recipe and the Classic Honey Nuggets belong to a line that also includes Cocoa Honey and Lemon Honey.

Beverages: Americana Honey Cream Soda

This award-winning gourmet soda from Homer Soda Company in Homer, IL, is handcrafted and blended using locally harvested honey.

Candy: Life By Chocolate Tamarind & Honey chocolates

One of Life By Chocolate’s most popular confections is this 12-piece set of organic chocolates made with local New York honey and tart tamarind.

Dairy: Philadelphia Cream Cheese Honey Pecan

Fresh from the farm to the creamery fridge in just six days, this spread contains sweet honey with roasted pecans blended with fresh milk and real cream.

Snacking: Blue Diamond Honey Nut Thins

Perfect for snacking, Blue Diamond Nut Thins comes in two varieties packed with honey. Honey Cinnamon and Honey Mustard Nut Thins are made with honey, rice and almonds.

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