March, 2010

What is Honey? Wednesday, March 31st, 2010


Honey is a versatile ingredient used prominently in the snack food industry. The all-natural ingredient’s uses span from a sweet flavoring to counter a spicy flavor note in a salted snack to the main flavor provider in a sweet snack cake.

There are more than 300 different types of honey in the United States, each with a unique flavor and color profile Despite these many forms, honey’s essence is its natural simplicity and purity. Honey is primarily composed of fructose, glucose and water. It also contains other sugars as well as trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids.

Honey is not created or manufactured in a facility. It occurs naturally in one of the world’s most efficient factories: the beehive. Bees may travel as far as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just one pound of honey. All of the bees’ hard work is manifested in an amazing ingredient ideal for use in bakery food formulas.

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